After a weekend filled with speculation, Tom Brady has made the official decision to call it a career. After 22 years in the NFL and seven Super Bowl wins — including six of them during his 20-year run with the New England Patriots — the greatest quarterback of all time will head off into the sunset. His decision to step away has prompted a series of responses throughout the world of pro football.
His former team and its owner were among those expressing their thoughts on Brady’s unparalleled career, but they were far from the only ones to take to social media in honor of the future Hall of Famer. Former teammates and rivals alike, as well as some of the NFL’s franchises themselves, shared their messages for Brady.
Here is a compilation of some of the reactions to his retirement.
this better be real— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 1, 2022
Congratulations on the career of all @NFL careers, @TomBrady.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) February 1, 2022
We were honored to have been in your division so long to watch your greatness first hand.
(JK we’re still getting over it.) pic.twitter.com/jbjWq1yxjc
Thank you for all you’ve done for the game and congratulations on your retirement, @TomBrady.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) February 1, 2022
Former Patriots teammates
The Brady admiration runs deep in the McCourty household! The first video represents the excitement and joy we’ve all had over the last 22 years watching Tom define what greatness looks like. The last video represents the sadness we will all have on Sunday’s realizing the— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) February 1, 2022
The Greatest enjoy retirement https://t.co/CsP3LvgDfw— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) February 1, 2022
Congrats Tommy Boyyyyyyy! Elite!— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) February 1, 2022
@TomBrady I don't have all the space to put into words about 22 years of dominance.I will never forget our 1st game against the JETS.The memories that we created will last me FOREVER!Now u can take the chip off ur shoulder?!?Luv u tboy♥️♥️#congrats12 pic.twitter.com/yWg3uduAOQ— Randy Moss (@RandyMoss) February 1, 2022
Behind the cameras TB is the hardest worker I ever seen. The ridiculously most competitive player who set the tone every single practice. A great teammate who took time and got to know everyone on the roster… pic.twitter.com/L2YiXouzOD— Logan Ryan (@RealLoganRyan) January 29, 2022
One thing’s certain w/ today’s news: the Tom Brady haters lost—& they lost huge. He not only didn’t fall off the cliff, he walked away w/ a strong[est] case for MVP at 44. He never declined. He just took a knee when way ahead, deciding himself when the game was over. Boss move.— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) February 1, 2022
Former Buccaneers teammates
Congrats on your retirement Tom. pic.twitter.com/uXvRMO1BhE— Eli Manning (@EliManning) February 1, 2022
When I think about Tom Brady, he’s a true winner who handled himself with class throughout his entire career.— John Elway (@johnelway) February 1, 2022
Even with those seven Super Bowl rings, he never lost that competitive fire to be the best.
Congratulations, @TomBrady, on a tremendous career! https://t.co/bXmwUo3bc8
The best QB of all time retired, DANG… he threw his last TD on me— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 1, 2022
On Brady: an unparalleled career. What sticks out to me most is how he changed expectations for how we think of QBs. That what he did is attainable for anyone. He turned QB into what MJ did, everyone’s chasing + judged by his rings. AND he has career longevity. Simply the best.— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) February 1, 2022