After 22 seasons and 7 Superbowl Tom Brady has announced his retirement.

After days of back and forth, leaks and denials, Tom Brady announced his retirement in a long Instagram post. The American football legend, winner of seven Super Bowls (six with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers), has decided that at 44 it is time to leave the field to “focus his energies” on something else. The news had been anticipated Saturday by Espn and Boston Globe but had been denied by Brady’s father and his agent Don Yee. Until a few hours before the official announcement, the superstar of the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay said he was still in a “phase of reflection” on his future. A difficult decision to make and communicate, as he himself explained to his millions of fans thanking them for having accompanied him along this journey. Brady’s has been an extraordinary career, with impressive numbers: 22 seasons played, seven Super Bowls won and a series of touchdown records and passes ringed year after year. “On paper he was remarkable, he became a legend on the pitch,” headlines the Washington Post in one of the many articles in American newspapers celebrating the epic of ‘Tom the Terrific’ or ‘Tb12’, from the number of his jersey. And to think that in his first team, the New England Patriots had come as a reserve reserve. Recovered as 199th, started from the bench and remained for almost twenty years becoming the most loved ever. Then in 2020 the arrival in Florida, the start of a new season of records and the victory of his seventh Super Bowl.

♬ Alesso & Marshmello ft. James Bay – Chasing Stars

LYRIC

It was just like magic
When your hips came crashin’
There were fire’s burnin’
And my hands learning
To paint with passion
It was planets meeting
It was synced up breathing
There were angels callin’ and more free fallin’
Than I believed in

Memories like freight trains hit me
I replay to keep you with me
Better to have had than not at all

We were chasing stars
Across the county lines
Two imperfect pieces
With our fingers intertwinеd
And I would do it all again
Knowing I’d be left behind
Oh, what a timе
Back when you were mine

Oh, I’m hurting
But I’m still certain
That when the pain comes back in waves
Yeah, it was worth it,

Memories like freight trains hit me
I replay to keep you with me
Better to have had than not at all

We were chasing stars
Across the county lines
Two imperfect pieces
With our fingers intertwined
And I would do it all again
Knowing I’d be left behind
Oh, what a time
Back when you were mine

Oh, back when you were mine
Oh, we were chasing stars
Oh, we were chasing stars

We were chasing stars
Across the county lines
Two imperfect pieces
With our fingers intertwined
And I would do it all again
Knowing I’d be left behind
Oh, what a time
Back when you were mine

When you’re mine
Back when you were mine
Back when you were mine
(Oh, when you were)
Back when you were mine
(Oh, when we were chasin’ stars)
(Oh, when we were chasin’ stars)
Back when you were mine

The NFL mourns Vincent Jackson: the former Bucs found dead at just 38 years old

Just 9 days ago the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl success. Today the tears of joy have turned into excruciating pain. The former receiver Vincent Jackson was in fact found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida (suburb of Tampa Bay), at the age of only 38.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed but it is suspected of suicide. Jackson had been staying there since January 11, and the family had notified police of his disappearance on Wednesday last week. Once he was located in the room of the Homewood Suites Hotel and verified that the former player was okay, the case seemed to have settled.

The son of two soldiers, Vincent had founded the Action 83 Foundation, a non-profit that helped families of soldiers in difficulty. The last appearance in the NFL dates back to 2016 with Tampa, the team with which he played his last 5 seasons, ending his career with 4326 yards on reception, fourth in the history of the franchise. He previously wore the shirt of the then San Diego Chargers. Many messages of condolence on Twitter, including that of Tom Brady.