He shared that the message was “difficult for me to write,” adding, “I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.” RELATED VIDEO: Mark Wahlberg Wants Friend Tom Brady to ‘Enjoy the Rest of His Life’ after Retiring from Football His post included a salute to his teammates, coaches, and loved ones as he described his “playing career” as “such a thrilling ride, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs.” “I will remember and cherish these memories and re-visit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.”
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Brady wrote, “The future is exciting” while admitting he doesn’t know “exactly what my days will look like,” and will “take it day by day” but wants to “enrich other people’s lives.” Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Part of his message specifically was written to his wife of nearly 13 years, Gisele Bündchen, and his three children. “You are my inspiration,” said Brady. “Our family is my greatest achievement. I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her selflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our family.” Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000, and spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the team, winning six Super Bowls. His final two seasons in the NFL were played with the Buccaneers, who Brady led to his seventh Super Bowl victory in 2021.