Tom Brady announced his retirement from pro football Wednesday morning on his social media platforms.

Facing free agency after the Super Bowl, the 45-year-old quarterback often called the "greatest of all time" said he is retiring "for good."

Sitting on a beach, Brady acknowledged his retirement and unretirement in 2022 that led to a season that was not his best with Tampa Bay, and a divorce from wife Gisele Bündchen.

"I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figure I'd press record and let you guys know first. I won't be long-winded. You only get one emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year," Brady said.

He thanked fans, family, friends, teammates, and competitors for their support and for allowing him to live "his absolute dream" as a player for the Patriots and Buccanneers.

"I wouldn't change a thing," Brady said. "I love you all."

Brady will stay in the public eye, as he has a 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox Sports as the top analyst during broadcasts.

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