The GOAT of the NFL is retiring. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, Tom Brady has decided to retire after 22 seasons in the NFL. This comes after CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last night that Brady was leaning toward retiring.


At 44 years old Brady, managed to land at #1 on our QB rankings for this season just a couple weeks ago. Now, the 7-time Super Bowl champion has seemed to have had enough with playing and wants to focus on his family. After 20 seasons with the Patriots, Brady has spent the last 2 seasons with Tampa Bay. Last season he led them to their first Super Bowl win in 18 years. He did this alongside long-time teammate and close friend, Rob Gronkowski. 

Reunited in Tampa

In March of 2019, Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL. Gronk would go down as one of the best TE’s of all time before he even came back. When Tom Brady decided to go to Tampa Bay, he brought his friend with him. That season was looked at as one last go-around for Tom Brady and he delivered. Not only did he win his 7th ring, but Brady went on to play another MVP-caliber season. Similar goes for Gronk as well, as he continued his playoff dominance with Brady after spending 2 years in retirement. It’s quite clear the only reason Gronk came out of retirement was for Tom Brady, so what does this mean for him?

What’s next for Gronk?

The short answer is retirement, however thar may not be the actual resolution. Gronkowski has had the best season that he’s had in his last 3 seasons. He may not have won a Super Bowl, but he still saw the 2nd round of the playoffs. It seems that Gronk can still play at a high level and be one of the better TE’s in the league. If Brady isn’t around anymore, should he continue to play? I think the majority of people are expecting Gronk to retire very soon with this news coming out. I happen to be one of those people, but I don’t necessarily think he should. For his legacy I think it would be important to show he can succeed without the help of Brady. 

The former 2nd-round pick is only 32 years old and could play at least one more season if he wanted to. Perhaps a change of scenery could be good for him, especially with the Buccaneers now looking to be trending downward without a QB. Brady retiring opens up a big hole in the league, especially in the NFC, that will need to be filled. Unless he is replaced with an elite QB, the Buccaneers could possibly not even see the playoffs next season. If Gronk chooses to not retire, this isn’t a situation he would be keen to stay in. 

It’s only a matter of time before we hear what his decision will be, but a retirement should be expected. It would be unfortunate to lose two big names in NFL history within the matter of one offseason, but the decision rests with the players.