Tom Brady’s retirement is really real this time.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner will not reverse course on his retirement again, a sentiment he reiterated at his unofficial retirement party — sponsored by his NFT brand, Autograph — on Thursday.
“There is nothing I love more than football,” Brady told the crowd, via the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud, “but I have young children and they watched enough of their dad’s games and it’s time for me to watch their games.”
Brady famously retired in February 2021 and then changed his mind 40 days later, opting to return for another go-round with the Bucs.
This time, however, the 45-year-old has reiterated that he won’t be going back on his Feb. 1 announcement that he’s finished after 23 NFL seasons.
That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning, possibly connecting him to the Dolphins — despite the three-time NFL MVP transitioning to social media posts about caring for his 10-year-old daughter Vivian’s new cat.
Brady shares Vivian and son Benjamin, 13, with supermodel Gisele Bündchen, whom he divorced in the midst of the 2022 Buccaneers season.
He also co-parents 15-year-old son Jack with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.
Among those in attendance at the Autograph party with Brady were running back Leonard Fournette, who was released by the Bucs on Friday, and fellow retiree Rob Gronkowski.
Last week, Gronkowski — who won three Super Bowls with Brady in New England before adding another one together in Tampa — expressed disbelief that his quarterback was coming back from this one.
“I feel like Tom is definitely totally done playing,” he told Boston.com. “I haven’t talked to him or anything about it. I’m not speaking for Tom.”
“Just from everything I saw from his retirement video and everything I just feel like he is just done playing football. It was just very shocking though when I heard that news the other day.”
Brady previously announced he would be taking a gap year before joining Fox Sports, with whom he signed a 10-year, $375 million deal last offseason to join upon retirement.