After days of speculation from numerous outlets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons.

The legendary signal-caller took to Instagram to reveal the news:


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Brady had yet to make a decision and spoke out on Monday about potentially hanging them up. He made it clear that family would play a huge part in what he ends up doing. After all, Tom Brady has nothing left to prove. He's a seven-time Super Bowl winner, five-time Super Bowl MVP, and a surefire Hall of Famer. Many think he's the best to ever do it at the quarterback position as well.

Brady truly defied all the odds after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. No one could've predicted he'd play over a decade in the league at this high of a level.

Tom Brady detailed in his post that he doesn't have that 100% competitive spirit anymore and that he must focus on other things now. Most notably, his kids and wife.

Truly, this is the end of an era but at 44-years-old, it had to come sooner or later. Everyone is going to miss you, TB12. What an epic career.