Congratulations, thanks and expressions of respect were not long in coming after Tom Brady retired. However, the experts were also quickly busy dealing with the consequences of the second resignation of the now 45-year-old quarterback - because there were definitely teams for which an engagement of the most successful NFL professional in history would have made sense. The league will also lack the figurehead. However, he will not be completely lost to the industry, because his future is already certain.
Above all the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who said goodbye to the man who led the team to the Super Bowl victory in their own stadium two years ago, Brady will leave. "Tom's legacy is unmatched in the history of the sport," said general manager Jason Licht, who now has to decide who will succeed Brady. "Our entire organization owes him a debt for what he has given us over the past three years."
Vollmer: "This time it's over"
The San Francisco 49ers, for their part, must put an end to all fantasies of reuniting Brady with his childhood favorite team for a year and the ultimate run at Super Bowl victory. The 49ers really have everything it takes for a strong team - except for a healthy and experienced quarterback. NFL surprise Brock Purdy may be out for a full year after tearing an elbow tendon in the last game, Trey Lance has proved vulnerable and Jimmy Garoppolo's return was all but ruled out by coach Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday.
Exactly a year before his second departure, Brady had already decided to retire, but this time everything seems more final. Even his former teammate and buddy Sebastian Vollmer does not expect another role backwards. "He doesn't do it twice. The resignation from the resignation from the resignation. This time it's through," said the former football professional on the Sky TV channel after Brady's career ended. "He also has a pretty good deal as an analyst at Fox Sports in the future. The world is his oyster."
What Vollmer meant: For ten years as an expert, Fox will pay the seven-time Super Bowl winner $ 375 million. Brady will also be in a league of his own among TV experts in the future.