When is Tom Brady eligible to be a Hall of Famer? Exploring the criteria for 7x Super Bowl champion

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Tom Brady after winning the Super Bowl in 2021
Tom Brady after winning the Super Bowl in 2021

Tom Brady announced his retirement for the second time on 01 February 2023. This time he hung up the cleats for good. Ever since his retirement, the seven-time Super Bowl champion has been busy, off the field.

The former Bucaneers quarterback has been spendign time with his children, which had been on the backseat during his playing days. And more importantly, Tom Brady has been preapring for his $375,000,000 broadcasting job with FOX sports, which will begin in 2024.

The 3x Most Valuable Player will go down as arguably the greatest ever to step on the gridiron and will undoubtedly end up in the Hall of Fame.

However, Tom Brady will need to wait for his enshrinement into the books of football greats. Here's all you need to know about when the quarterback will be put in the Hall of Fame.

As per the NFL Pro Football rules, Brady will initially be eligible for the Class of 2028 Hall of Fame induction. Since Brady announced his retirement in January 2023, he has to wait at least five years.

This is because football stars are not eligible to enter the Hall of Fame until they've been inactive for five consecutive seasons. Nonetheless, when the 49 members of the selection committee cast their votes, Brady will be a top choice among almost all of them.

This is Brady's second retirement. He first announced his decision to retire in February 2021. However, he remained retired for only 40 days before announcing his return to the league for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Tom Brady NFL stats and records

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady has had an NFL career that many dreams of. The legendary quarterback played in the league for 23 years and won several accolades.

He has made 10 Super Bowl appearances, winning the Championship on seven occasions. Brady won six titles during his time with the New England Patriots over his 20-year career with the team.

The 45-year-old also won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his first season with the team in 2021. He has more Super Bowl wins than all the other 32 NFL teams.

Brady finished his career with five Super Bowl MVP titles, three MVP awards, and 15 Pro Bowl selections. He also holds the record for the most career passing touchdowns (649), passing yards (89,214), and wins (251) among many others in the NFL.

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