22 years. Seven Rings. A lifetime of memories.

On Saturday, Tom Brady decided to say goodbye to the game of football. The news did not come as a surprise, but it’s still sad to see the legend leave the game. Brady’s winning was unprecedented in professional sports, but the craziest part about the GOAT is that he had the drive to continue pushing into his mid-forties.

In honor of the greatest to ever play the game, here are my favorite quotes from the future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback.

“I think sometimes in life the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen in your life.”
“The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.”

“If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?”

“You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.”

“Things don’t correct themselves, you’ve got to go out there and work hard to correct them.”

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“If you don’t play to win don’t play at all.”

“I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process.”

“Don’t rely on others. You’ll have great support from a lot of people, still. But, no one’s going to hand you anything.”

“If you’re a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.”

“You guys know how many times I have been turned down in my life? To be told how many times that I couldn’t accomplish something?”

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“To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.”

“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled.”

“A lot of times, I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.”

“You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.”

“Football is unconditional love.”