NFL fans turn on Tom Brady, accuse Bucs QB of stealing Black History Month thunder

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NFL fans turn on timing of Tom Brady's retirement announcement

For the second year in a row, Tom Brady announced his retirement from football on February 1. This time, however, it seems likely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is done for good.

Coincidentally, February 1 is the first day of Black History Month, and NFL fans believe Brady announced his retirement to intentionally attract attention toward him.


Here's how social media reacted to Tom Brady announcing retirement for the second time on the first day of Black History Month:

Had Brady retired on any other day, there would have been no outrage, but doing the same thing twice on the same date made some fans suspicious.

Last year, the Bucs QB announced his retirement after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round. This season, the Bucs were unable to make it past the Wild Card round.

Brady didn't play his best football this past season, which is why it might have been the right time for him to hang up his cleats. The Bucs QB will now look forward to enjoying the second chapter of his life off the field.

Will Tom Brady's departure make the Bucs irrelevant again?

Tom Brady: NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady: NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Dallas Cowboys v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Many were shocked when Tom Brady decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving the New England Patriots. The Bucs weren't a big market team in the league, but Brady's inclusion made them relevant among the masses.

Now with Brady retiring, it is possible that the franchise will go back to being irrelevant if they fail to bring in a big-name quarterback soon. The fact that they play in the NFC South, which is one of the weakest divisions, doesn't help their case.

The Bucs should look forward to getting the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, or Baker Mayfield for next season if they still want to contend. They are in the market for a new offensive coordinator as well. It will be interesting to see how the franchise moves forward after their quarterback's retirement.

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Edited by Windy Goodloe