Tom Brady has retired from the NFL, and this time it’s officially official. Thus ends the greatest career in sports history, and the career of greatest quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ever had.
Well that certainly was a roller coaster of emotions. After it was reported by Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington (and pretty much all of ESPN) that the GOAT of GOATs decided to hang up the spokes, Brady came out and denied the reports stating he hasn’t made up his mind. As it turns out, it was simply a matter of him wanting to announce it to the world himself. You got to admire the competitiveness, right up until the end. It looked like we had another version of “Favre Watch” on our hands, but the dust appears to already be settled.
Tom Brady has retired. Putting that sentence to print really doesn’t even feel right, nor does saying those words out loud. However, the greatest career in the history of American sports has come to an end, and the Buccaneers must now find a successor for the greatest quarterback they’ve ever had.
Before that though, we can always reflect. The Buccaneers have had quite the intriguing or even unique history when it comes to the quarterback position. Even in their successful stretches, the Bucs as a franchise have been almost cursed when it comes to the quarterback position. It’s not that they’ve picked the wrong ones to choose per se, it’s just that they have always been a team with many holes to fill other than the most important position. They have always been a franchise always looking for that one player to fix everything, and turn the ship around, when in reality it takes a whole crew.
Brady was able to bring light to a franchise and fanbase stuck in the dark for so long, even playing in the sunshine state. He took to the internet to share his gratitude to the Buccaneers, and it’s time we do the same.
It is a little curious how he doesn’t mention anything about the New England Patriots, but surely he has something special and separate planned for them, so best not to read too far into that.
Tom Brady is not only the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, but even in two seasons at age 43 and 44, he is also the greatest quarterback the Buccaneers have ever been able to call their own. To even begin to list all of his accolades would take an entire book, and that’s only talking about his time in Tampa Bay. Now, the search is on for the next starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thank you Tom Brady.