Brady announced his retirement via social media on Wednesday morning
The GOAT has once again retired, and it looks to be for good this time. Tom Brady called it quits with a social media post on Wednesday, gracefully bowing out with a short and sweet, 53-second post thanking teammates, family and fans.
It only makes sense that the seven-time Super Bowl winner would leave the game after his worst ATS season ever with a record of 4-12-1 for the regular season and then 0-1 in the second-worst playoff loss of his career against the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this past season, Brady had one other losing season against the spread (2002). Of course, his Tampa Bay Buccaneers still won the NFC South and made the playoffs.
The legacy he leaves behind speaks for itself in terms of championships, accolades and passing records, but he will best be remembered by gamblers for his tremendous record of success covering spreads that were often inflated on his New England Patriots teams.
Tom Brady ATS record and stats
This varies a little bit depending on the source because of differences in the point spread, but our own Ben Fawkes tweeted that Brady ends his career with a 215-158-8 (57.6%) ATS record.
When you think about Brady together with Bill Belichick, the duo was 189-128-7 ATS (59.6%). As Fawkes also tweeted alongside that record, that was as an average favorite of 5.8 points.
Not only did Brady have the 215 covers, but he also won 251 regular season games outright and another 35 in the playoffs, including a 30-11 record with the Patriots that led to his seven Super Bowls and five Super Bowl MVP awards. After taking over the reins in 2001, Brady went to the playoffs in every season except for 2002 and 2008.
He was a three-time regular season MVP, 15-time Pro Bowler and will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum.
We’ll update this post as we get more reactions throughout the day, but here is the immediate reaction from Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard on Follow The Money:
We also heard from Michael Lombardi as a guest on FTM:
Hats off to the best quarterback of all-time.