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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, after 22 seasons as a pro in the NFL legendary quarterback, Tom Brady has officially announced his retirement after a great season with the Tampa Bay Bucs that eventually resulted in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round. There have been many speculations on where this sudden announcement came from, but common thought is due to family, health, and the Bucs planning massive roster changes over the off-season. Up to this point, Brady himself has not finalized his retirement plans, and this is just an insight from people inside the Buccaneers locker room. The team has reported that they have been bracing for this announcement for weeks, and it’s likely that Tom Brady will retire. However, Brady has always said he never wanted a farewell tour and that he will be playing until his body won’t let him anymore, so the speculations may not be accurate, so only time will tell. Another doubter is Tom Brady’s Dad Brady Sr. who has said that his son doesn’t plan on retiring and it’s all just talk at the moment, and even Brady himself who apparently called the Bucs and said he is nowhere close to deciding on retirement. If the rumors are true, Brady coming off one of his arguably one of the best seasons of his career will end a historic career that has resulted in seven Lombardi trophies, 3 MVPs, 2 Offensive Players of the Year, 3 All-pro nods, 15 Pro Bowls and all-time records for most passing touchdowns with 624 and passing yards with 84,250. There is no doubt that Tom Brady, the former 6th round draft pick, is a Hall of Famer and will forever leave an impact on the game both as a New England Patriot and Tampa Bay Buccaneer. The question now is what is next for Tampa Bay if Tom Brady does leave. Will they attempt to pick up a quarterback via trade or free agency such as Aaron Rodgers? Can there 2021 2nd round pick Kyle Trask make the jump to starter? Next year, the team has the depth to make another playoff run, so hopefully, this QB situation will not affect them.