Quarterback Tom Brady is retiring. Again. The future Hall of Famer made the announcement Wednesday, exactly one year after his last retirement. But this time, he said the decision is "for good."
He spent 23 years in the league, 20 of which were with the New England Patriots and the rest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After so many years in the NFL, he has countless stories, hundreds of former teammates, and career accomplishments that will likely never be duplicated.
The Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the No. 199 overall pick. He told owner Robert Kraft that he would be the best decision the franchise ever made, and I think it's safe to say he was.
To commemorate his (second) retirement, the team that took a chance on the quarterback with the following scouting report upon entering the NFL -- "poor build, skinny, lacks great physical stature and strength, lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, lacks a really strong arm, can't drive the ball downfield, does not throw a really tight spiral" -- posted a video montage of No. 12 highlights.
"Forever a legend," the caption read. "Congratulations, [Tom Brady]"
In 23 years, Brady threw 649 regular season touchdowns to more than 90 different players, but one of his favorite targets was his BFF and sidekick, wide receiver Julian Edelman. Of all 96 receivers, Edelman ranked third for most touchdowns caught from the GOAT with 36, behind only Randy Moss (39) and Rob Gronkowski (90).
Edelman and Brady have long made their "bromance" public on social media, on the sidelines during games and working out together, so it was no surprise that when Brady decided to hang up the cleats, Edelman had a post ready.
Referencing Brady's retirement video, where he said you only get one long emotional retirement post and he already used his, Edelman wrote, "You only get one super emotional reaction to the GOAT retiring, and I used mine up."
The social media post continues with, "So