Tom Brady Officially Caves and Joins Twitter, Announces 'Retirement'


Don’t. Even. Joke.

New England Patriots fans who forgot that it’s April Fools’ Day might been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted on Monday that he had decided to retire.

After resisting the majority of social media, and Twitter in particular, for most of his career, the six-time Super Bowl champion has seemingly caved and finally joined Twitter.

Brady’s first post said simply, “I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting.”

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An email from a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed the account, but it also referred to the fact that the tweet came on April Fools’ Day.

In case there was any doubt that Brady was trying to be funny about a faux “retirement,” Brady’s second tweet asked if his first tweet was “a bad joke.”

Unsurprisingly, reactions were quick and covered a wide range of emotions. Everyone from Patriots teammates to even Twitter itself reacted to Brady’s tweet.

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Brady is a 41-year-old, three-time NFL MVP who has to stop playing some time.

But after leading New England to the title last year, there’s no indication that he’s slowing down.

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And anyway, is this how he would announce it?

Even tight end Rob Gronkowski, who actually retired last month, did so with a lengthy Instagram post.


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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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Neither Brady’s agent nor the Patriots immediately responded to emails seeking comment.

Unfortunately for opposing fans and NFL teams hoping to see a swift demise to the Patriots’ recent run of success, it seems like Tom Brady isn’t quite gone from their lives just yet.

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