GOAT: The NFL World’s Best Reactions To Tom Brady Retiring Again

Darren - February 7, 2023

GOAT: The NFL World’s Best Reactions To Tom Brady Retiring Again

Darren - February 7, 2023


Record Holder

Brady holds an unbelievable number of records because he played in the NFL for so long. This doesn’t mean that he was the most technically-gifted QB of any generation that he played in. But he was the most consistent and durable. However, one clever Redditor noticed that there’s one record that he retired without.

Bleacher Report

They wrote: “Holds every major QB record except one: number of times he said he’s retiring and then unretired. (Brett Favre).” This is brilliant because it felt like Favre retired every season after he turned 30. Favre was a great player but Brady is an icon beyond anything the former Green Bay man can imagine.


Unbelievable Career

Derek Jeter was one of many athletes to celebrate Brady’s career. The 14-time All-Star knows all about greatness and recognized Brady’s brilliance. He tweeted his reaction to Brady’s retirement as he showed his admiration. “Congrats @TomBrady on an unbelievable career. It was fun to watch!” Jeter wrote (via FOX News).


Athletes from across the sporting hemisphere showed their respect for Brady. Soccer icon David Beckham and tennis hero Serena Williams also tweeted their congratulations to the former Patriots legend. Likely, we won’t see an outpouring of emotion like this again until LeBron James retires.

Tampa Bay Times

Team Captain

Many fans underestimate Brady’s leadership qualities. However, he demonstrates these off the playing field by encouraging his teammates. Tampa Bay center Ryan Jensen thanked Brady for believing in him. It’s amazing that the quarterback inspired other professionals and motivated them through his presence.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“Thanks for pushing me every day this season mentally and physically to get back on the field,” Jensen said. “I’m glad I was able to take the field with you one last time! Enjoy retirement, don’t dog me too much in the booth. Love ya man!” This is a beautiful statement and shows how important Brady was to his franchises (via Tampa Bay Times).


Smooth Operator

One Redditor had a cynical reaction to Brady’s retirement. They don’t think that he’ll return but they believe they know why his initial retirement didn’t last. They wrote”Safe to retire now, ex’s cut is finalized and now she doesn’t get a piece of the $352mil broadcast contract. Smooth operator…”


This is a brilliant piece of business if it is true. It means that Brady and his representatives are smarter than we give them credit for. We’re not sure if it played out this way but would it surprise anybody? Money makes the world go round and Brady knows more about this than most people.



It’s not often that the Pro Hall of Fame comments about a player’s retirement. They didn’t say anything when Drew Brees walked away even though he’s a guaranteed first-balloter. But Canton’s official Twitter account told fans to keep an eye on 2028 because that’s the year when Brady will be eligible (via Roar Detroit).

CBS Sports

“Should this morning’s retirement announcement truly be the end of @TomBrady’s illustrious career, 2028 is a year worth noting,” they wrote. It’s funny that they were also uncertain about Brady’s retirement. However, this time it does feel like it’s for real and that we’ve seen him play for the last time. 


Losing Season

“Imagine throwing away a marriage to Giselle for an 8-9 season with Todd Bowles,” one ruthless Redditor wrote about Brady’s final season. This is possibly the harshest summary of Brady retiring we’ve ever seen but it’s technically true. The only positive we can say about this is that the Buccaneers made the playoffs.

Fox News

It remains to be seen how kind history will be about Brady’s swan song year. Most people agree that he should have walked away after his seventh ring. But the 46-year-old’s competitiveness wouldn’t allow this. It may have cost him his marriage and he risked long-term health problems. But he stayed true to his sport until the end and that’s why he is the greatest player ever.