By Jack Mallon ‘22

Tom Brady officially announced his retirement in the beginning of February. Brady is already the oldest quarterback to play the game, but his retirement was no surprise to all. Brady is 44 years old and has played a total of 22 seasons in the NFL. The toll football takes on one’s body is no joke. Hits, falls, and emotions could mentally and physically harm a man for the rest of his life.

Brady already has a family he needs to raise. Retirement is an understandable route to take in order to raise your family. Brady’s decision to retire was made with his family in mind.

Senior Gavin Ward said, “I think a family decision is important to everybody, but it’s Tom Brady. This man is the best of the best.”

However, Tom Brady has already returned to football within a month. He received his family’s full support which was the main concern with fans. Tom Brady’s wife, Giselle Bündchen, was Tom’s biggest advocate for retirement. Now, she is still at his side in his decision to keep playing.

An insider said, “Gisele has been vocal about wanting him to retire for years but she’s also his biggest cheerleader. He would never do it if she weren’t on board, everything they do they decide as a family.” (Holleran)

There is no question Tom Brady is the undisputed greatest quarterback of all time. He already proved his excellence years ago.

Brady is seasoned with experience like no other quarterback; his resume includes 10 Super Bowl appearances with only 3 losses and 5 MVP awards. This past season, Brady showed no signs of slowing down. Brady led the league in yards touchdowns and QBR.

Fans can understand why he retired, but many are happy to see he’s coming back. His retirement came out of nowhere, especially after a season like this.

Senior Dan Curran said, “Brady is easily the best quarterback of all time. His presence on the field can’t be matched and it’s good he finally made his decision.”

I think Brady coming back shows how much he loves the game. Brady’s involvement in the sport has been historic in so many ways. Brady loves the game and fans love him. Brady was never ready to retire. Especially after a season like this, Brady still has some miles left in the tank.