After a record-setting career, Tom Brady has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Tom Brady, widely regarded as the greatest player in NFL history, announced his retirement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday after a record-setting seven Super Bowl victories.

Six Super Bowl championships and 20 seasons with the New England Patriots later in his 44-year career, Brady moved to Tampa Bay and led the Buccaneers to a championship last year.

For Brady, football has always been a "all-in" proposition: "If you're not 100 percent competitively committed, you won't succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game," he said in a lengthy post to Twitter.

Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands his hat to a fan after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge every single day that has allowed me to realize my maximum potential. And for the past 22 years, I've done everything in my power to live up to my full potential. In sports or in life, there are no fast routes to achievement.

As tough as it may be, I have decided that I will never longer compete in any way. I enjoyed my time in the NFL, but now it's time to put my emphasis into other endeavors.

After a season in which he led the NFL in touchdown passes and passing yards, Brady has decided to retire. He might become the oldest player to ever win the league's Most Valuable Player award if he wins a fourth straight.

Late field goals by the Rams ended Tampa Bay's hopes of making the playoffs in Brady's final game.

NFL Football - Super Bowl LV - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. - February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

Brady, a native of Northern California, was the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Since then, he has gone on to set numerous records, including being the all-time leader in passing yardage, passing touchdowns, and quarterback victories.

Five of his five MVP awards came during his 10 appearances in the game, and his 15 Pro Bowl selections are the most in NFL history.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his second quarter touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks  to wide receiver Brandon LaFell (not pictured) during the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Arizona February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has announced his retirement following conflicting reports over the weekend regarding his future in the NFL.

During the past week, Brady said, "I've done a lot of reflecting and have asked myself challenging questions."

We've accomplished a great deal, and I'm really proud of it." All of my dedication and focus should go to the next generation of committed athletes. I owe it to my teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and supporters to leave the field of play to them.

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