Tom Brady, who is widely regarded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, is expected to retire after playing for 22 seasons, ESPN reported.
Brady will leave the field after he won a historic seven Super Bowls titles and set numerous passing records during his phenomenal career.
The NFL also confirmed the report that Brady is retiring in a tweet on Saturday, Jan. 29.
According to ESPN, citing sources, the 44-year-old football player decided to retire for several factors, including family and health.
The decision comes after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend, then he knew it was likely his final act as a player, according to sources, who also said Brady, in the days since, has spent time digesting that mindset and is preparing his retirement announcement along with the next chapter of his life and career.
It is unknown when he will announce his retirement, but he will decide at a time that won’t upstage the NFL’s postseason games, including the Super Bowl.
In a reaction, Brady’s agent Don Yee said in a statement:
“I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future. Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.”
According to ESPN, Buccaneer’s executives and coaches have been bracing for Brady’s retirement in recent weeks, recognizing that it was more likely than not that he would hang it up after the season.
A source said that “all signs point” to Brady’s retiring.