- On Tuesday, Tom Brady announced his retirement via Instagram.
- Brady said he physically couldn’t give up football.
- He’s been hit the most times of any NFL quarterback.
Tom Brady considers it a career.
On Tuesday, the 44-year-old NFL legend released an Instagram post announcing his retirement. He said he was quitting because of the commitment needed to continue playing.
“There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge every day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential,” Brady wrote. “I’m not going to make this competitive commitment anymore.”
Brady was one of the most dedicated athletes of the 21st century, having played 22 times in the NFL and following a very strict diet to maximize his career. That’s what he wrote in his 2017 book, “The TB12 Method.”
Brady’s devotion to football, however, meant he had to endure corporal punishment for two decades. Brady says he’s unable to do that at this point in his life.
Brady has taken more sacks in NFL history than any other player
Brady has had many accomplishments during his professional career. caught 543 sacks – more than any player in NFL history.
Despite all the hits, Brady avoided injuries for the most part. Since 2008, when he was injured in the last 15 games of the season, Brady hasn’t missed a game. This means he was able to play more hits.
Research on NFL players has linked these repetitive mid- and lower-body hits to osteoarthritis that could lead to complications for Brady years later.
Other retired quarterbacks shared their own experiences of retirement pain, including San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Joe Montana and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Brett Favre .
Montana told USA Today After playing in the NFL for 15 years and winning four Super Bowls each, he developed arthritis. He can’t even run anymore, it’s so serious. Favre was the NFL record holder for most sacks, ahead of Brady. He shared his Sports Illustrated storyThe pain got him addicted to painkillers.
Brady has seen three generations of quarterback success, despite playing in different decades.
Brady’s hits were probably harder than Montana’s or Favre’s. Nowadays players are often subjected to greater force. NPR Source: “Football Physics: The Science of the Game”. This is partly due to the increase in player size, speed, and agility, as evidenced by the Trends in NFL Scouting suit.
While Brady may not have had as many hits early in his career, they could have been more damaging because the rules back then were different.
Before the NFL created rules to protect quarterbacks, defenders could hit quarterbacks in the knees and other vulnerable areas. They could then return them after the play is over. Moves were made in 2006 and 2009. Brady had won his first three Super Bowls before the rules were changed. He started his career in 2000.