Twitter Is Celebrating Tom Brady's Career, But He Hasn't (Yet) Announced His Retirement

As of Saturday evening, Brady himself hadn't weighed in with a definitive answer.

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Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 23 in Tampa, Florida.

On Saturday, ESPN reported some big breaking news: NFL quarterback Tom Brady — the greatest in league history — was retiring after 22 seasons, according to multiple sources.

Tom Brady is retiring from football after 22 extraordinary seasons, multiple sources tell @JeffDarlington and me. More coming on https://t.co/rDZaVFhcDQ.

Twitter: @AdamSchefter

The Associated Press then reported that the Twitter account for Brady's business had confirmed the news.

Tom Brady wraps up an unprecedented NFL career. His TB12sports Twitter account wrote: “7 Super Bowl Rings. 5 Super Bowl MVPs. 3 League MVP Awards. 22 Incredible Seasons." Still at the top of his game, he had cited a desire to spend more time with family. https://t.co/PplQcwpIZt

Twitter: @AP

Tributes began to pour in across social media, along with clips of Brady's best moments with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Nobody did it better. #ThankYouTom," the official NFL account tweeted.

Nobody did it better. #ThankYouTom

Twitter: @NFL

As the news began to trend, Twitter began appending the 🐐 emoji to #TomBrady, #Brady, and #ThankYouTom to celebrate the GOAT, or greatest of all time. Current and former NFL players joined in with fans in praising Brady and his incredible career.

Thanks for the memories, babe. @TomBrady

Twitter: @Edelman11
Tweet from Mike Evans: Thanks for everything big bro it was an honor

But then Adam Schefter, one of the ESPN reporters who broke the story, reported that Brady's agent was cautioning people from jumping to conclusions without hearing from Brady himself. "Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what's being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy," agent Don Yee said.

Statement from Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee:

Twitter: @AdamSchefter

The tweet from Brady's business account was deleted. And then Tom Brady Sr. began telling other reporters that his son was definitely not retiring.

JUST IN: Tom Brady Sr. tells @kron4news that his son is not retiring. Brady Sr. says an online publication started circulating an unsubstantiated rumor. However a number of NFL insiders are now reporting it. @kron4news #TomBrady #NFL

Twitter: @KylenMills

Checked in with Tom Brady Sr. who tells me, and I quote, "This story Mike is total conjecture. Tommy has not made a final decision one way or the other and anybody else that says that he has is absolutely wrong." #TomBrady #Buccaneers

Twitter: @MikeGiardi

Tom Brady Sr. told a source close to @newscentermaine that his son, Tom Brady, has not made a retirement decision despite multiple reports claiming he has. Brady Sr. added his son is on vacation and will not respond to those retirement reports.

Twitter: @slaminsamNCM

Meanwhile, Jeff Howe of the Athletic and the AP reported that Brady had informed the Buccaneers that he hadn't made a final decision yet on retirement.

Tom Brady called the Bucs late this afternoon to inform them he's not even close to making a decision about retirement, according to a source.

Twitter: @jeffphowe

Yee and a publicist for Brady didn't immediately respond to questions from BuzzFeed News.

Looks like the Brady story is deflating. https://t.co/CI75uYCjKj

Twitter: @marybschneider

In the meantime, we — and presumably Gronk, too — will be waiting for Brady to give us some answers.

When the Bucs ask Gronk if he's going to keep playing without Tom Brady

Twitter: @Ihartitz

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