NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who won seven Super Bowls and is widely considered the greatest quarterback in league history, stated that he was retiring, a year after he made the same announcement only to change his mind weeks later.
“I am retiring for good,” Brady said in a 53-second video message that he posted on Twitter. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.”
Shaquille O’ Neal talks about Tom Brady
In an interview with PEOPLE at 2023 Shaq’s Fun House in partnership with Wynn Nightlife, party host and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said he wishes to impart this advice to Brady:
“All you gotta do is just, you know, be yourself.”
“Tom’s beautiful, he’s great,” the 50-year-old NBA iconc added. “He knows what to do.”
As for Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, he said that moving on from the sport he loves is going to be “challenging,” but recommended that Brady find a new routine to help him.
“I mean, the biggest thing is finding your own peace and your own happiness,” Phelps, who’s gone through his own mental health struggles, told PEOPLE. “… It’s something that’s been a part of your life for two decades, and especially at a high level like he’s played. I’m sure he has a love for the game. It’s obvious, right? I’m sure it was very challenging, just by watching his message of how hard it was to walk away.”
“But there’s always that time where it’s needed, and he must have felt that,” he continued. “So for me, I just say, ‘Make sure you’re listening to your heart. Find your routine.’ “That’s something that was so important to me and helped me… I think that’s something that athletes have to [find]. We have to have some kind of structure and routine.”
The 45-year-old Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before relocating to Florida and leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2021. He retired after last season but reversed course 40 days later and returned to the Buccaneers, leading them to the playoffs again in the current season before the team was eliminated by the Dallas Cowboys last week.
The northern California native is widely regarded as the best quarterback in league history. He appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls, winning the game seven times. He also won the Super Bowl MVP award five times and his 15 Pro Bowl selections are the most in league history. He was named the league’s most valuable player three times.