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Quarterback Tom Brady retires from the NFL after 23 seasons

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detailed view of the jersey of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) as he walks off the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Tom Brady announced Tuesday his retirement from the NFL following 23 seasons between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the fanfare surrounding his initial retirement and then unretirement a year ago, Brady broke the news himself via a short video posted to social media.


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His 2022 season might not have been as impressive as many of those before it, but he still finished the year with a 77.5 PFF grade, which ranked tied for 14th among quarterbacks. His 36 big-time throws ranked fourth in the league.

He retires as a seven-time Super Bowl winner, with five Super Bowl MVP awards and three league MVP awards. And he is certainly going straight into the Hall of Fame as soon as he becomes eligible. Brady ranks first in NFL history in completions (7,753), passing yards (89,214) and passing touchdowns (649).


Since 2006, when PFF began grading, Brady produced a 98.4 PFF grade, making him the highest-graded quarterback in PFF history. He finished with a top-five season-long PFF grade among quarterbacks 11 times in that span. Over that same time frame, he never produced a PFF passing grade lower than 75.0 across a full season.

Season Team PFF Grade Rank
2022 TB 77.5 T-14th
2021 TB 91.7 2nd
2020 TB 93.3 2nd
2019 NE 79.0 12th
2018 NE 90.7 4th
2017 NE 94.1 1st
2016 NE 94.9 1st
2015 NE 91.7 1st
2014 NE 85.3 4th
2013 NE 79.0 11th
2012 NE 90.2 3rd
2011 NE 88.9 3rd
2010 NE 85.4 T-6th
2009 NE 75.4 10th
2008 NE N/A N/A
2007 NE 93.8 2nd
2006 NE 72.9 4th

*Includes playoffs; PFF grading began in 2006

The highest-graded season of Brady's career came in 2016, when he threw for 4,691 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions through the playoffs. That season included the most infamous comeback in NFL history, with Brady leading the Patriots back from 28-3 down to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.


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