Seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has filed a letter with the NFL and NFLPA confirming his retirement, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move makes Brady eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028.
Last week, Brady announced that he was retiring from football «forever» after 23 seasons.
After his brief retirement last year, speculation continued as to whether Brady would return to the game.
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The 45-year-old posted an emotional video on February 1, saying: «I’ll get straight to the point right away. I’m retiring forever.»
The retirement paperwork helps end much of the speculation surrounding a possible return to the NFL.
Brady is one of the most decorated NFL players in history and holds every major passing record. He has also won more Super Bowls than any other franchise.
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The former Michigan standout played in a record 10 Super Bowls and has been named Super Bowl MVP five times. Brady was league MVP three times.
He was the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and has been named to an All-Pro list six times. He has racked up 89,214 passing yards and 251 wins over the course of his record-breaking career.
In May 2022, Brady agreed to join Fox Sports as their top football analyst after he stopped playing in the NFL. But earlier this week, Brady said that he doesn’t plan to jump into the broadcast booth until 2024.
«I think, for me, I want to be great at what I do. And even speaking last week with the folks at Fox Sports and the leadership there, allowing me to start my Fox opportunity in the fall of 2024 is a great thing for me.» Brady said Monday during an appearance on «The Herd.»
Whenever Brady decides to start his broadcasting career, he is expected to call games alongside current lead play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.
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Last year, Brady announced his return to the Buccaneers just 40 days after announcing his retirement. At the time, he said that he was returning for «unfinished business.»