It’s official. Tom Brady has retired from the NFL after 22 unbelievable seasons. The longtime New England Patriots quarterback made his announcement on Tuesday, just days after a report surfaced about Brady retiring.
But, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller wanted to make the announcement himself, or so it seems, and he did just that. There is no question he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. There is almost no argument to Brady being the best quarterback the NFL has ever seen.
Brady’s accomplishments, accolades, and NFL records are a lengthy list and are unlikely to be broken for a long, long time — if at all.
Tom Brady has retired from the NFL after 22 years
Brady’s career is officially over. After Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington reported Brady’s retirement the day before the conference title games, the legend insisted that wasn’t the case, and head coach Bruce Arians also confirmed that he and the Buccaneers weren’t aware.
Now, it comes from Brady himself.
His career has spanned 22 years, seven Super Bowl victories, 15 Pro Bowls, five Super Bowl MVP awards, three NFL MVP awards (and maybe another coming), and so much more.
Brady held off Father Time over and over again, and even in his final year at age 44, he led the NFL in passing yards and was just one of two QBs to cross the 5,000-yard threshold — with Justin Herbert being the other.
An all-time great has hung up his cleats for good, and he holds an unreal amount of NFL records.
How many NFL records does Tom Brady hold?
Playing 22 years in the NFL is one thing. Playing at such a high level, even into his 40s, is another thing — and we might not ever see this again.
So, how many NFL records does Brady hold? Here’s a list (h/t Scooby Axson of USA Today).
- Games started: 316
- Wins: 243
- Playoff games: 47
- Playoff wins: 35
- Playoff touchdowns: 86
- Playoff passing yards: 13,049
- Pass completions in a season: 485
- Career pass attempts: 11,317
- Career passing yards: 84, 520
- Career pass completions: 7,263
- Career Passing touchdowns: 624
If that weren’t enough, Brady also holds a fair share of Super Bowl records — and these should almost certainly stand the test of time (h/t Cole Cubelic of ESPN).
- Super Bowl passing touchdowns: 21
- Super Bowl passing yards: 3,039
- Super Bowl MVPs: five
- only player to win SB in 3 different decades
- only starting QB to win a Super Bowl in the AFC and NFC
- oldest player to ever appear in a Super Bowl, 43
So many of those records — perhaps all — look to be challenging to break. Nonetheless, Brady’s accolades are out of this world. Not bad for a sixth-round pick out of Michigan.
The GOAT continued to set records even in his 40s
During the last offseason, Brady mentioned that he wanted to play until he was 50. Well, it sure looked as if he could have played a few more years.
He led the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns and should be one of the finalists for another NFL MVP award. Even more surprising is this statistic.
Sure, the game has changed in recent years. Nonetheless, that is a remarkable feat.
However, one man might be a bit relieved that Brady retired before the age of 45 — George Blanda.
It looked as if Brady would come back for at least one more season all year long. After all, he didn’t skip a beat. After the Buccaneers saw their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, rumors started to swirl, although it was hard to envision Brady leaving on that sour note.
However, here we are. Brady has retired from the NFL, and Aaron Rodgers just might be joining him and Ben Roethlisberger — meaning all three would be eligible for the 2027 Hall of Fame class.
These records by Brady — for the most part — should stand the test of time and are a testament to how special he was as a player. Hats off to a sensational career for Tom Brady.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference