Goodbye, G.O.A.T.! Tom Brady Officially Announces His Retirement in Emotional Video

Gabrielle Bernardini - Author

Feb. 1 2023, Updated 11:56 a.m. ET

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Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady is inarguably the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) in the sport of football.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneer firmly cemented his legacy (yet again) during Super Bowl LV, in which the team beat the favored Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs 31 to 9. As always, never bet against TB12.

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But, aside from his impressive Super Bowl ring collection (he now boasts seven), sports fans and athletes are amazed by Tom's mastery of the game at his age. Since professional football is a contact sport that requires players to be at the top of their game, many NFL athletes typically retire in their 30s. However, No. 12 is the exception to this rule and has played at a top level throughout the first half of his forties.

So, when is Tom retiring? After retiring in 2022 — and then unretiring for the season — Tom has now officially hung up his jersey in 2023. Keep reading to find out what he had to say.

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Yes, Tom Brady is officially retiring.

A call back to last year — when he retired on Feb. 1, 2022, via a lengthy Instagram message, and then unretired just weeks later — Tom took to the social media platform in January 2023 to officially retire "for good."

"Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring for good," he said in an emotional Instagram video. "I know the process was a pretty big deal last time. So, when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. So, I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year."

Tom thanked his family, teammates, and friends for his lengthy career, stating that he feels "grateful."

Though many are shocked by the sudden announcement of his retirement from the NFL, Tom seems to be content with his decision.

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For years, people have pressed the former Patriots quarterback to give an exact date that he will hang up his helmet for good. In 2022, Tom announced that he was officially retiring, writing that he was not going to make the "competitive commitment anymore" in a statement on Instagram.

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"I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention," he wrote in a lengthy post at the time, adding, "It's best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes."

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However, nearly two months after declaring his retirement, Tom Brady officially announced his un-retirement, planning to return as the Bucs quarterback for the 2022 NFL season.

"These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now," Tom shared on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on March 13, 2022.

Tom Brady, wife Gisele Bundchen, and their kids
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He added, "I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business."

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