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From Rookie to GOAT to Becoming Un-Retired! Tom Brady’s Total Transformation Over the Years

You don’t have to be an avid football fan to know who Tom Brady is. The California native, who kicked off his NFL career in 2000, is one of the most famous professional athletes on the planet — no matter what team he’s playing for!

In March 2020, Tom shocked sports lovers everywhere following his announcement that he would be leaving the New England Patriots after two decades as their quarterback. “To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization, I want to say thank you for the last 20 years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values,” the father of three, who shares children Benjamin and Vivian with wife Gisele Bündchen and son John with ex Bridget Moynahan, began his heartfelt post on Instagram.

“I am grateful for all that you have taught me — I have learned from everyone you all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player could ever hope for,” Tom continued. “Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you.”

However, the quarterback announced that he would be returning to the field just 40 days later, explaining that he had only been “partly” ready to retire.

Following his departure from the Patriots in 2020, Tom took his talents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the move was a blow to die-hard New England fans, the financial gain was staggering. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the athlete’s contract is as followed: “Two years, $50 million deal, all guaranteed, that also includes another $9 million in incentives — $4.5 million in incentives per year. The contract also prohibits tags and trades.”

Of course, with Tom on their side, the Buccaneers made it to Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs, with the Buccaneers winning. To date, he has played in nine total Super Bowl games and won six.

Tom took an 11-day hiatus from training camp in August 2022, while reportedly taking a family vacation to the Bahamas. “I’m 45 years old, man, there’s a lot of s–t going on,” he said during a press conference following his absence.

“You just got to try to figure out light the best you can … it’s a continuous process.”

Despite being in his 40s and un-retiring, it doesn’t look like the GOAT — greatest of all time — has any plans to retire!

Scroll through the gallery below to see Tom Brady’s total transformation over the years.