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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN along with several other reports, Tom Brady is retiring after an incredible 22-year career in the NFL. The news of Brady retiring comes just two days after Ben Roethlisberger's official retirement announcement. The era of Brady, Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees is officially over.
That's a combined 14 Super Bowl titles, with Brady leading the way with seven rings.
With Brady retiring. Brady and Ben Roethlisberger will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame together in 2027. It will be without a doubt the greatest quarterback class to go into Canton ever. Rob Gronkowski could retire as well, which means Brady, Big Ben and Gronk will make up a part of the Hall of Fame class.
After Roethlisberger announced his retirement via a video message on Twitter on Thursday, Brady congratulated Roethlisberger on a legendary career and retirement.
"Ben defied the TB12 Method in favor of the “Throw Some Ice On It” method his whole career, and ended up an all-time-great with 6 Pro-Bowls and 2 Super Bowls. There’s more than one way to bake a cake," Brady tweeted.
Brady always had his way with the Steelers, as he did with a lot of teams, as he had a 12-3 career record against the Steelers, including the playoffs where he was 3-0 in AFC Championship Games. Brady had a 34-5 touchdown-interception ratio in his 15 career games against the Steelers.
Brady was 9-3 against Roethlisberger. I'll never forget the first meeting between Brady and Roethlisberger back in 2004, as that's when you truly knew the Steelers had something special with Roethlisberger, who was in his rookie year. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 34-20 victory at Heinz Field and snapped the Patriots' 21-game winning streak.
The Steelers play the Buccaneers at Heinz Field in 2022, who now will be without Brady.
Update: According to Bally Sports via Michael Silver, Tom Brady contacted Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and told him he has not yet made a final decision on retirement, disputing the ESPN report. Licht is respecting Brady's process and waiting for a definitive answer, whenever it comes, from the quarterback.
It appears that Brady is going to retire this offseason, but he wants to do it on his terms and not have reporters release the news of his retirement.