The time has lastly come for Tom Brady to hold up his jersey for good.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers quarterback confirmed the weekend rumors to be true that he’s retiring after 22 seasons — forsaking a legacy that features seven Super Bowl titles and 15 Pro Bowls.
The six-time All-Pro quarterback ranks first all-time in wins (243), passing yards (84,520), passing TDs (624), Pro Bowls, Super Bowl MVPs (5), begins 316, completions (7,263), makes an attempt (11,317), three-touchdown video games (101) and four-touchdown video games (39).
Although Brady shattered data and made historical past on the soccer discipline, the 44-year-old did have his truthful share of unconventional moments. Relive 10 of the wildest headlines from Brady’s prolific career.
Drunk Brady on a ship
After Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title in his first season with the staff, the quarterback had one too many “avocado tequilas” at Tampa Bay’s celebratory boat parade in Feb. 2021.
Brady went viral after cameras caught him tossing the Vince Lombardi championship trophy throughout the water to a different boat, the place tight finish Rob Gronkowski made the catch. Gronkowski later stated he was blacked out on the boat.
Arguably essentially the most controversial second of his career, “Deflategate” was born after Brady and the Patriots have been accused of deflating recreation balls for the AFC Championship Game in opposition to the Colts in Jan. 2015. It resulted in a years-long NFL investigation, wherein the Patriots and Brady maintained his innocence.
The quarterback in the end served a four-game suspension in 2016, after shedding an enchantment to overturn the self-discipline as a result of the NFL believed he was “generally aware” of the state of affairs.
Brady’s love of avocado ice cream
Brady’s ardour for well being and wellness was by no means a secret to his followers. Although the quarterback’s weight loss plan has been well-documented — and even joked about — it’s his dairy-free avocado ice cream recipe that shocked followers. In truth, Brady’s favourite dessert was even served to Patriots reporters on his 40th birthday in Aug. 2017. “Avocado cupcakes” have been additionally supplied.
Refusing to shake Nick Foles’ hand after Super Bowl 52
After the Eagles defeated Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 to shut the 2017-18 season, Brady famously skipped out on shaking the hand of Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles and jogged off the sector. He did the identical in a 2020 Bucs’ loss to the Bears in Foles’ debut season in Chicago.
Believing it was fourth-down in a Buccaneers-Bears recreation
Speaking of that 2020 loss to the Bears, Brady might’ve been upset with himself after he lost track of the downs with lower than a minute left, permitting the Bears to acquire possession and Foles to kneel for the win.
Brady stating he might play till the age of fifty
Football followers have been salivating over the considered seeing Brady go well with up till the massive 5-0, which he floated in a 2017 interview with ESPN. Fanatics squealed once more with glee in May 2021, when Buccaneers GM Jason Licht stated he’d be on board with Brady enjoying till age 50. Brady himself doubled down in September 2021, when he stated he believed he might play till 50.
The notorious mix photograph
Brady has one of the crucial uncommon tales in NFL historical past from begin to end. He was drafted in 2000 by the Patriots with the 199th choose and began his tenure in New England because the staff’s fourth-string quarterback. He ended his time in New England with six Super Bowl titles for the franchise, one thing nobody seemingly might have predicted when Brady confirmed off his scrawny “dad-bod” determine on the mix.
Calling Rob Gronkowski out of retirement with an “Anchorman” video
In a second that just about broke the web in April 2020, Brady introduced that his longtime Patriots teammate and buddy, tight finish Rob Gronkowski, was popping out of retirement to hitch him in Tampa Bay through a video referencing the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy. The clip confirmed Gronkowski “reporting” for obligation, responding to the decision of a conch shell in a scene proper out of “Anchorman.”
Brady’s candid interview with Howard Stern
In April 2020, Brady sat down with radio host Howard Stern for a uncommon two-hour interview on SiriusXM, and confessed that he knew he was leaving New England earlier than the 2019 season began. He signed with the Buccaneers in March 2020.
Brady’s ‘Entourage’ cameo
Brady appeared in an episode of “Entourage” through the sixth season of the HBO sequence. In the 2009 episode “Fore!”, Brady hit the golf course with Mark Wahlberg and was paired with Johnny Drama and Vincent Chase, performed by Kevin Dillon and Adrian Grenier, respectively. He additionally chats with Giants fan Turtle, performed by Jerry Ferrara within the scene. In a 2015 interview with SI Now, Ferrara stated the Manning brothers have been truly in line for the function.