Tom Brady‘s retirement from football is truly the end of an era. The former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, and there will never be another player quite like him.
Even though he’s no longer playing, Brady suggests the NFL is in great hands. The seven-time Super Bowl champion sent a message to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, which could spell trouble for the rest of the league.
Tom Brady sends message to Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson just finished his fourth NFL season, but he’s already accomplished so much during that span. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback seems to be just scratching the surface of what he can become, though.
Tom Brady agrees with that sentiment.
The 15-time Pro Bowler has been active on social media since officially announcing his retirement via Twitter. Brady sent several farewell messages, including thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the fans, his agents, and his family.
Many people noticed that Brady initially left the New England Patriots out of his official message. He also turned heads with his parting message to Lamar Jackson.
Jackson posted an Instagram photo with Brady from the Ravens’ 2019 victory over New England. He captioned the photo, “LEGEND.” The former Bucs and Patriots quarterback shared the same image to his Instagram story, telling Jackson, “You’re next.”
The Ravens signal-caller faced Tom Brady only once in his career and came away with a 37-20 win in Week 9 of the 2019 season. Jackson accounted for 224 total yards and three touchdowns. TB12 is clearly a fan of No. 8’s game and is expecting great things from him moving forward.
What to expect from the Ravens superstar in 2022
The 2021 season was a down year for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. John Harbaugh’s squad finished with an 8-9 record, placing it last in the AFC North.
Baltimore had a run of bad luck in 2021. The team lost numerous key contributors to season-ending injuries, including J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Marlon Humphrey, and Marcus Peters. Jackson missed the last five games of the regular season due to an ankle injury.
Before the 2021 season, the Ravens had posted an impressive 30-7 record with Jackson under center, so they were undoubtedly disappointed with how this campaign ended.
The Louisville product ended the season with 2,882 passing yards, 767 rushing yards, and 18 total touchdowns. He struggled with decision-making at times, tossing 13 interceptions in 12 games. Improving his efficiency will go a long way to becoming a better NFL quarterback.
Jackson wants to win badly, and he’s his own biggest critic. Expect him to work aggressively in the offseason to get better heading into the new season. The offense missed its top two running backs the entire year and still finished in the middle of the pack. Having the full complement of weapons should drastically improve Baltimore’s offense the next time around.
Tom Brady has the utmost belief in Lamar Jackson, which means a lot coming from him. It will be interesting to see if he (and the Ravens) can take the next step in 2022.
The NFL is in great hands with the new wave of QBs
Tom Brady’s retirement certainly ended a remarkable era in the NFL. The game has seen some stellar quarterback play over the past 20 years.
Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers were the cream of the crop for a long time. Now, all six quarterbacks are retired from football.
Even though it will feel weird for the NFL to start a new season without any of those guys playing, the future of the quarterback position is bright.
Patrick Mahomes is arguably the most gifted arm talent in the game today. Joe Burrow bounced back from an ACL tear to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl. Josh Allen gets better every year, and he had some epic performances in the 2021 NFL playoffs. Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray entered the league with plenty of hype, and it’s only a matter of time before they take the next step.
The league features so many promising talents at quarterback. That’s without even mentioning Lamar Jackson. The Ravens’ step back has led to some people forgetting how great the former MVP has been since stepping foot in the NFL.
It’s impossible to rank the new wave of quarterbacks. Nonetheless, it will be a treat for fans to watch them battle it out for years to come.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference