Tom Brady, a National Football league star quarterback, and NFT founder has officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, citing plans to spend more time with his family and focus on his businesses.
Brady has played for the New England Patriots for 2 decades, now, amassing a record 6 Super Bowls with that team. After that, he joined up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and proceeded to win a 7th just last year, in 2021. Adam Schefter, an ESPN reporter, was the one to first report Brady’s retirement on Saturday.
Taking to Instagram to talk about the news, Brady stated that “The future is exciting,” and that “I’m fortunate to have cofounded incredible companies like [Autograph, BRADY and TB12 Sports] that I am excited to continue to help build and grow, but exactly what my days will look like will be a work-in-progress.”
Brady announced “Autograph” his NFT platform back in April, stating that the company’s aim is to help athletes as well as other famous people to create and market their own digital collectibles. The company has created NFTs by partnering with DraftKings and Lionsgate. These NFTs would be based on film franchises and sports stars.
Brady’s company Autograph managed to raise $170 million just earlier this month thanks to its backing from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Katie Haun, and Kleiner Perkins. Though, Brady did say he’s had a keen interest in crypto for far longer than just last year.
While speaking with CoinDesk’s Consensus 2021 conference, he told them that he’d been eager to be a part of the crypto industry after he once discussed it with a coach of his while heading into the 2020 season.
“It’s really been a crash course in this offseason. All these things happen pretty quickly,” he stated at the time. “But obviously the more I learned about crypto and blockchain technologies, I really was wanting to be a part of building a great platform that could create opportunities for myself, other artists, other entertainment brands to create great collectibles.”
Brady did at the time say he didn’t quite think the NFL would pay its athletes directly in crypto, he is of the firm belief that an increasing number of football players may well choose to invest in digital assets, saying he did in fact invest in some crypto.
Brady is 44 years old and said during the consensus that he enjoyed playing with teammates “half [his] age”, as he saw it as a good opportunity to mentor them.
“It’s not about me going, ‘Wow, I’ve accomplished this in comparison to what everyone else has, in my particular career,'” he stated. “It’s really about ‘what were the opportunities that were presented to me, and based on all the things and experiences that have happened in my life the people that have come into my life, how do I make the most of my opportunity?'”
“Competition, I think brings out the best in all of us,” Brady said.