Tom Brady officially retires

Quarterback Tom Brady officially retires after 23 seasons in the NFL



New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles after the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Jonathan Albers, Editor

There are always debates on who is the G.O.A.T. of their respectable sport. Messi or Ronaldo? Gretzky or Lemieux? Le’Bron or Jordan? But the only player who is the undisputed G.O.A.T of their sport is Tom Brady. Brady dominated the NFL for almost all of his 23 years in the league. He retired Wednesday morning, ending one of the best careers in sports history.

Brady was consistently the league’s best quarterback from when he entered the league and into his forties. He leads the NFL in every single major all-time stat for a quarterback. This includes yards, touchdowns, completions, etc. This is just the surface of his accomplishments. Brady has won three MVPs, been named to the Pro Bowl 15 times, 2x offensive player of the year, 7x Super Bowl winner, and 5x Super Bowl MVP. Not to mention, Brady has more Super Bowls than any other single franchise. He also holds the record for most regular season wins of all time. His success is unprecedented, and there may never be a player who wins like Tom Brady.

Brady will be remembered as the greatest of all time, for now. While there are many great young quarterbacks, most of them have a slim chance to have a career like Brady. His effectiveness and longevity may never be replicated. Brady’s skill, determination, leadership and winning ways defined what type of player he was. In his retirement, TB12 will be remembered as the G.O.A.T. of the National Football League.