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on holiday in Europe when he confirmed rumours that started two weeks ago.

He had always claimed he would play only as long as he felt he could compete at a title-winning level, and with his 45th birthday coming five weeks before the start of next season, he finally accepted time was up.

Brady said: “I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ propositio­n. If a 100 percent competitiv­e commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game.

“There is a physical, mental and emotional challenge every day that has allowed me to maximise my highest potential. I have tried my very best these 22 years.

“There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life. This is difficult for me, but here it goes... I am not going to make that competitiv­e commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things.

“My team-mates, coaches, fellow competitor­s, and fans deserve 100 percent of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”

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