After 13 seasons, two playoff wins and an NFC West title, former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has decided that Tom Brady’s career has come to an end. The 44-year-old quarterback has reportedly hung up his cleats after Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the 2022 NFL playoffs by a score of 30-27.
After Brady helped Tampa recover from a 24-point deficit, Stafford led the Rams on a 63-yard drive in just 42 seconds thanks to a beautifully-placed, 44-yard bomb to Cooper Kupp. That allowed kicker Matt Gay to kick the game-winning field goal as time expired, ending the Buccaneers’—and Brady’s—chance at back-to-back titles.
Brady’s career ends after 22 seasons, seven Super Bowl titles, three MVP awards, and five Super Bowl MVPs. Pretty good for a sixth-round pick.
With Brady’s retirement and the uncertain future surrounding Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFC could be looking for a new best quarterback in 2022.