After 22 seasons, seven Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the GOAT announced he was retiring.
Just over a month later, though, Tom Brady said he was coming back to complete "unfinished business."
Brady seemingly will build on his legacy, and he is already largely considered the greatest quarterback of all time.
He has seven Super Bowl rings, the most touchdown passes and wins, in the regular season and playoffs, ever by a single player.
Though he called New England home for almost two decades, Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, moved their family to Florida in 2020.
In 2021, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay, a new team for the quarterback, for the first time in his first year.
After his initial announcement in February, Brady was quiet about plans after retirement from the Bucs, but he has said he plans to spend more time with his family. Bundchen and Brady are parents to their two children, Benjamin and Vivian. Brady also has a son, Jack, with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.
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What's next for one of Florida's most famous couples? Here's a look at their memorable moments here.
Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen rented a furnished house ... from Derek Jeter
When Brady started playing for the Bucs, he moved his family into Derek Jeter’s waterfront mansion on Davis Islands near downtown Tampa. They moved in April 2020.
Though the couple rented the house from the former New York Yankees shortstop, it was on the market for $29 million. Jeter's 22,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a theater, gym, billiards room with a bar, lap pool and dock. Several rooms throughout the house had breathtaking views of Tampa’s Hillsborough Bay.
According to sarasotamagazine.com, Brady reportedly paid $75,000 a month for rent at 58 Bahama Circle, Tampa.
Tom and Gisele bought a home in South Florida ... near Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
In December 2020, the superstar couple bought a $17 million house in Indian Creek Island, a private island in Miami that's also known as "Billionaire Bunker."
The week before their purchase, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner paid $32 million for an empty waterfront lot on the island from singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias' father, according to Business Insider.
Adriana Lima, a fellow Brazilian supermodel and former Victoria's Secret Angel like Bundchen, lived in Indian Creek. News reports show Lima recently sold her Florida mansion for $40 million.
Indian Creek Island is a 300-acre island in Biscayne Bay with about 30 homes and an ultra-exclusive country club and golf course.
That time when Tom Brady traded a jersey for a Jedi robe
Before Brady and Gisele called Florida home, the superstar quarterback fulfilled a tradition: After winning the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots, he went to Disney World.
Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrated their Super Bowl LIII victory Feb. 4, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
As part of their visit, the pair went to the Magic Kingdom, then channeled Jedi warriors by donning robes and lightsabers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Brady and Edelman even got a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened later that year.
That time Gisele told Tom: 'I got your back'
On Feb. 2, 2019, Gisele posted a photo of she and Brady on the football field — with Brady sporting his New England Patriots uniform — with the caption: "I got your back! ❤️"
It wasn't long after Brady had decided to leave the New England Patriots for a two-year, $50 million deal to play quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Months later, the couple was in Florida, and by then Brady traded "New England Blue" for "Tampa Bay Red."
That time when Gisele congratulated Tom on his 7th Super Bowl win
After a legendary career with the Patriots, Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency in March 2020. He appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” and said it was “just time” for a change.
Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs, joining a team with the worst winning percentage in league history, according to USA TODAY. Tampa Bay hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007 and hadn’t had a postseason win since its lone Super Bowl championship run 18 years ago.
That all changed in 2020 when Brady scored his seventh Super Bowl win. And his supermodel wife was one of his biggest supporters.
Taking to Instagram, Bundchen captioned a photo of their family with: "Congratulations Bucs for an incredible team win last night!!! A lot of people didn’t believe you could do it, but you all showed that with time, dedication, trust in one another and with teamwork anything is possible.
Congratulations my love! Over the years I have seen you overcome so much adversity, physically and emotionally. I can for sure say you are the most dedicated, focused and mentally tough person I have ever meet. It has been a challenging year and watching you in a new environment, putting in the extra time to get to know and support your teammates, working with your new coaches with respect and grace, waking up extra early every day to deal with the bumps and bruises of playing football, never complaining, you just kept focusing on your goal to go out there and be the best leader you can be. I am so proud of the man you are and I am so happy to see the smile on your face every time you get to go out there and throw that ball. Now, we are so happy that we get to have you home for a little while (well, at least until next season 😉) You have earned all your success! Te amo❤️"
That time when Brady gave back to a cancer patient
In October, 9-year-old Noah Reeb attended the Bucs game and dutifully held a sign that said, "Tom Brady helped me beat brain cancer." He credited the quarterback with his recovery. Brady saw it during the game and surprised him with a hat and handshake, bringing the boy — and anyone who's watched the heartwarming video — to tears.
That time when Brady threw the Lombardi trophy over water
During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' boat parade to celebrate Super Bowl 55, Brady completed a very special pass.
Thousands of fans lined the river to cheer on the players for the boat parade, which is so Florida, by the way. Others took their private boats, personal watercraft and kayaks for a glimpse of the team.
Amid Champagne sprays and celebratory cheers on the boat, Brady threw the Lombardi Trophy to another boat of Bucs players so they could celebrate with it, too.
The sports world joked that "the toss" was the most important catch of the season.
That time when Gisele and their kids dressed up like pirates (get it?)
The supermodel and their kids got into the spirit of Halloween this year by dressing like pirates a la Pirates of the Caribbean — an ode to Brady's football team. She captioned her Nov. 1 photo: "Hope you all had a great Halloween! Arrr from the Tampa Bay pirates!!! 🏴☠️ ❤️
Even Tom and Gisele's dogs get dressed up on Game Day
Gisele on Tom's retirement: 'I'm so proud of you'
When Brady announced his retirement from the NFL via social media, Bundchen used the same platform to congratulate her husband on his legendary career. Posting to her nearly 19 million followers, Bundchen said: "What a ride @tombrady! So many memories! When I met you over 15 years ago, I didn’t know the first thing about football. But cheering for you and seeing you do what you love most made me learn about this wonderful game to the point that I seriously believed I knew more than the referees! We always had a special champions playlist for every drive on our way to the game. As a family, we always prayed for you, celebrated and supported you in every game, cheered every win and suffered with every loss.
I’m so proud of you, and of everything you have had to overcome physically and emotionally over the years. I am in awe of your dedication, and of everything you have achieved. You love what you do, and you leave behind a legacy that is a beautiful example for future generations.
You are the most dedicated, focused and mentally tough person I have ever met. You never once complained over the years about all the bruises and aches and pains. You just kept focusing on your goal to go out there and be the best leader there was to all your teammates.
I know how excited you are about the next chapter of your life. Watching you work so hard in your football career and seeing the dedication you are now putting into all your new endeavors is incredibly inspiring. There is nothing you can’t achieve. I have always been here for you, you know that, and I’m as excited as you are for what the future holds!
Words can’t really express how grateful I am to everyone who has been so supportive of my husband and our family for so many years.
With all my love, Gisele"
Contributing: USA TODAY Sports, AP
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