Tom Brady has ended speculation of a possible comeback today after officially filing retirement papers with the NFL.
Brady could change his mind of course, but there is strong reason to believe he is done for good.
Players previously filed retirement papers in order to initiate their pension. Currently, though, a player’s pension rights are activated once a full year has elapsed since his last NFL employment.
If Brady stays retired for the next five years, he will become eligible for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2028.
Tom Brady officially filed a letter today with the NFL and NFLPA, reconfirming his Feb. 1 retirement, per sources.
This letter silences any questions about whether Brady might return and now makes him eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2028. pic.twitter.com/o8iAgbxrQS
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2023