Tom Brady Retires Just Hours After Going (Mostly) Solo On The 80 For Brady Red Carpet

Tom Brady has had a lot going on over the past year. Brady announced his retirement from football exactly one year ago today but, just 40 days later, he unretired from the NFL – a move that garnered responses from pundits and players alike. Aside from just concluding his 23rd season in the league, he’s also been promoting his upcoming comedy film, 80 for Brady, which features football, Hollywood legends and Guy Fieri. The movie had its premiere last night, during which Brady (mostly) swung solo on the red carpet and, now, just hours later, the superstar has announced his plan to retire from football. (And he’s serious this time.)

Tom Brady made the announcement this morning via an emotional video posted to Instagram. The athlete didn’t mince words, jumping straight to the point and saying that he’s retiring “for good.” Noting that he already used up his opportunity to do a lengthy retirement essay last year, he simply thanked his family, coaches, colleagues and fans for their support before signing off by saying he loves them all.  His post, which can be viewed down below, also includes some sweet photos. Check them out:

Well, this definitely sounds definitive. The decision may be bittersweet for some of his fans, but it sounds like the 45-year-old, seven-time Super Bowl winner is at peace with it. Plus, it seems that he’s already starting off this new era in his career in style, based on the photos from the 80 for Brady premiere. During the event, he snapshotted a few times, with one of the sweet pics featuring his co-stars -- Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno:

Tom Brady and the 80 For Brady ladies at the premiere

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I'm hoping that Jane Fonda's knees didn't get weak again from being in the New England Patriot legend's presence. Of course, the lovely ladies weren’t the only stars who he rubbed shoulders with last night either. The NFL vet also had a photo opp with fellow 80 for Brady star Billy Porter. Check out the photo below to see their meet-up and Porter’s striking ensemble:

Tom Brady and Billy Porter at the 80 for Brady premiere

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It definitely seems like everyone involved had an enjoyable time, and I can’t think of a better way for someone to start their retirement. This decision honestly comes at an interesting time, as it arrives only months after Tom Brady's divorce from Gisele Bündchen, his wife of 13 years. (This movie premiere was actually his first red carpet since their split). Many rumors swirled about what led to the breakup, with some sources alleging that Bündchen was opposed to her ex’s decision to unretire. While that remains speculation, what we do know is that she and Brady are currently working to co-parent their two kids. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer has also been candid about living life as a divorced dad has been like so far.

Aside from all of that, Tom Brady is keeping himself busy as evidenced by the buddy comedy film 80 for Brady, which has received mixed reviews thus far. Movie projects won’t be the only work on the ex-footballer’s plate either, as it was reported months ago that Brady signed a very lucrative TV deal with Fox Sports, which would go into effect after his retirement. So it’s safe to say that even though he’ll no longer be on the field, the public will still see plenty of Brady – either on the big or small screen. Here’s to more red carpet premieres and continued professional milestones for the sports legend down the road.

80 for Brady opens in theaters on February 3 as part of the schedule of 2023 new movie releases.

Erik Swann
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