Tom Brady announced his (second) retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, writing on social media, “I am retiring – permanently.
“Last time the process was pretty hard, so when I woke up this morning I thought I’d hit the record and let you know first. I won’t be lengthy. There’s only one super. Emotional Retirement Essay And we ran out last year,” he said.
“Thank you for letting me live my absolute dream. I won’t change anything.”
But this is still a very big problem, can While sifting through a 23-year career, you’ll probably never see anything in the NFL like it’s ever been seen before.
But here I tried to narrow down TB12’s achievements to 12 of his most memorable “moments.”
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12. Mike Evans throwing the famous Brady football
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ perennial Pro Bowl receiver gifted a ball he caught for a touchdown to a lucky fan in the stands, accidentally marking Brady’s 600th career TD pass and what was originally thought to be TB12’s final TD throw. I passed a 55-yard TD throw that was supposed to be. 2021 divisional round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. (The whereabouts of his 8-yard touchdown (his 737th in Brady’s career, including the playoffs) set by TE his Cameron Blate after the Bucks lost to the Dallas Cowboys in a wild card last month. nothing is said about it.)
11. Many aspects of Super Bowl 52
The only time Brady lost on Super Sunday was when he wasn’t playing against the New York Giants. His eventful 41-33 setback to the Philadelphia Eagles included a TB12 open he dropped a pass flat early in the second quarter from WR Danny Amendola wide and 3 and he should have scored a significant gain in 5th place. This is when Brady’s ex-wife, Gisele Bündchen, said after notorious New England players, including WR Wes Welkers, dropped in the Super Bowl, “My husband throws the ball and catches it at the same time.” It happened six years after he infamously complained, “I can’t.” 46.
Still, Brady passed a Super Bowl record of 505 yards (three touchdowns) in Super Bowl 52 to pull New England back from a 12-point first-half deficit, and the Patriots succumbed to a 33-32 lead in the fourth quarter. Did. In his one of the funniest games in league history, Brady contributed almost half of his 1,151 total yards in this game. This is his NFL record in one game.
10. The end of Teboumania
On January 14, 2012, Brady tied the playoff record with six touchdown passes (half to second year TE Rob Gronkowski) in the Broncos’ 45-10 divisional playoff rout. The Patriots lost Super Bowl 46 three weeks after him.
9. Brady vs Payton
It certainly isn’t a self-contained “moment” per se. But how do you encapsulate TB12’s 15-year rivalry with Peyton Manning, the NFL’s version of Magic and Bird? Lost his last three postseason games with MVP. But the tone was really set in the 2003 and 2004 AFC Championship Games, where Manning won MVP both those years by defense of New England.
8. 2018 AFC Championship Game
It wasn’t Brady’s best season or his best playoff performance. But when the Patriots beat Kansas City his Chiefs and league MVP Patrick Mahomes his 37-31, Arrowhead adjusted his 65-yard drive to take the win in overtime at the stadium. When he had his TB12 in vintage. It was the second time Brady started and finished an AFC title game on the road, and it ended in a win, portending his final Super Bowl victory in New England.
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7. 2003-2004 Patriots
A lingering “moment” to be sure, but one worth noting given what the Patriots have accomplished. The 2003 and his 2004 teams were bookends for recent Super Bowl repeats. They also set the record for the longest regular-season winning streak in NFL history (18), broken four years later by Brady and Co. The 21-game winning streak (including the playoffs) is still on. , the longest dynamic run peak in league history.
6. “Deflategate” Revenge Tour
In one of the strangest and most exaggerated controversies in NFL history, Brady started the 2016 season with Andrew’s demolition in New England’s 45-7 run, despite what happened with football air pressure adjustments. , received a four-game suspension for his role. The Lux Indianapolis Colts at the 2014 AFC Championship Game. And this means whatever his role was in the sideshow that cost him more field time than other players who committed more egregious offenses, both on and off the field, Brady, smashed cell phones and all. Despite the penalty, Brady was still the runner-up for league MVP honors, winning 14 of 15 games, including winning Super Bowl 51 ( details later). His 28-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the regular season was a career-best.
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5. 2007 season
For a player who has already won three Super Bowls, his eighth NFL season cannot be considered a coming out party.But it definitely marked Brady’s arrival of A key player for the Patriots. On the way to earning his first league MVP award, TB12 also became the first player to throw his pass for 50 touchdowns during the season. Twenty-three were awarded to Hall of Famer Randy Moss, the most by any player acquired in a campaign to date. New England also finished the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history, but fell short of the team’s goal of 19-0 after losing to the underdog Giants in Super Bowl 42.
4. Super Bowl 55
Brady’s first year in Tampa… ended in Tampa, where the Bucks became the first team to win a Super Bowl on their home field. After making Mahomes’ life miserable in his 31-9 rollover for the Buccaneers Chiefs, Tampa Bay’s defense definitely deserves honorifics, but he’s still down with his 201 yards and his three laps. Passed TD to earn his fifth and final Super Bowl MVP nomination.
3. “Tuck Rules” game
There were no viral moments in 2002. Auckland CB Charles Woodson appeared to have made the decisive strip his sack for Brady with 1:50 remaining in his game in TB12’s first playoff. Brady and the Patriots walked off the field thinking he was trailing 13-10 and perhaps the season was over. However, an immediate replay overturned the fumble and ruled that Brady had shoved the ball into his body, making the play an incomplete pass. New England tied the game after five plays before winning in overtime.
As time went on, University of Michigan teammates Brady and Woodson enjoyed looking back at the game and even participated in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary. It’s no surprise that Woodson feels the Raiders have been robbed to this day… Brady, on the other hand, nods and winks about the crucial moment, but can’t acknowledge the turnover.
2. Super Bowl XXXVI
Two weeks after escaping Woodson’s Raiders, Brady capped off his first season as an NFL starter with a Super Bowl win. Perhaps the most memorable footage of that game occurred in the Tunnel pregame. OLB Willie McGinest and his QB Drew Bledsoe had to settle the 24-year-old as Brady was replaced after suffering a horrific injury early in the season. Mission complete. Brady was modest with 1 TD. He passed for 145 yards, but 53 was New England’s last possession – St. Louis with the Patriots very favorable. He upset the Rams first, 20-17 When he let Adam down his 48-yard field at Vinatieri, he finished with a goal. Champion in franchise history. Brady was the MVP of the game.
The second half deficit the Patriots faced against the Atlanta Falcons made Super Bowl 51 a meme in many ways. The Boston Globe ran an early edition with the headline “Bitter End,” and when CB Robert Alford sailed for an 82-yard pick 6 that gave the Falcons a 21-0 lead before halftime, Brady pulled the grass. It showed that it was crumpled. Oops.
The rest was a vintage Brady who passed for 466 yards and two touchdowns to tie New England 28–28 to the end. From WR Julian Edelman’s narrowly catching a pass in Alford, to RB James White’s unsung hero, LB Dontor Hightower’s hats off to league MVP Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter. I had a lot of help. But Game MVP Brady coolly threw for 50 yards on his drive in the only overtime in Super Bowl history before handing off to White for his TD of the win.
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