After announcing his retirement on Feb. 1, 2022, superstar quarterback Tom Brady changed course, citing “unfinished business” on the field in a March 13 tweet. “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now,” he wrote.
But the decision has seemingly come at a cost. Upon Brady rejoining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd season, rumors began to circulate regarding his relationship with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen. Then, on Oct. 28, 2022, they announced they had finalized their divorce after 13 years of marriage. Page Six reported the couple had an “ironclad” prenuptial agreement, allowing for a swift divorce. They will share custody of their two children.
Tom Brady’s Net Worth and Career
Brady has won seven Lombardi trophies, five Super Bowl MVP awards and has a net worth of $250 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. He led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl victories in 20 seasons with the team, adding one with the Buccaneers after his 2020 campaign.
The QB’s longevity as an NFL player is rare. According to Statista.com, the average NFL quarterback’s career is just 4.44 years. That stat isn’t slowing Brady down. After moving on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent in 2020, he led the Buccaneers to an 11-5 record in the regular season, then to their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history. The Buccaneers’ 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV came at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. — the Bucs’ home stadium.
In his stellar career with the Patriots, he led the team to a record nine Super Bowl appearances. Brady has earned $333 million in salary over his career, according to Spotrac, and added millions more in endorsements. His history of endorsements includes Under Armour, UGG, Tag Heuer and Aston Martin, and Forbes, in 2022, estimated he had made $52 million in endorsement money in the past year.
As a sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2000, Brady earned $231,500 in his rookie season. In his second season, he replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe and led the Patriots to a Super Bowl upset over the St. Louis Rams. In August 2002, he signed a four-year extension worth nearly $30 million. His numbers only went up from there.
If and when Brady retires for good, he will leave the NFL as the holder of most major statistical quarterback records. A three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Brady is the all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
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George Malone contributed to the reporting for this article.