Tom Brady retires – Nicklaus, DeChambeau and Spieth pay tribute to NFL GOAT
A host of big names in the golfing world paid tribute to legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who announced his retirement from the game after 22 stellar seasons. Widely regarded as the NFL’s greatest player of all time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, who won seven Super Bowls, announced his decision on his Instagram page, saying he “will no longer be making this competitive commitment.” Brady, an avid golfer, has many friends in the sport, and the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Bryson DeChambeau and Jordan Spieth have been lyrical about the American football star’s accomplishments.
Nicklaus also took to Instagram to comment, saying, “I’m both happy and sad that Tom Brady is retiring, but Tom is doing so well and on his own terms. Tom Brady is the best he’s ever been! I wish good luck to Tom and I know he will continue to be successful in whatever he chooses to do.
Modern stars of the game have also applauded Brady. One of them, Bryson DeChambeau, beat Brady in the fourth edition of The Match at the Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont last year. He took to Twitter to say: “Tom is the GOAT. It was such an honor to compete against him in Match IV. He was an inspiration to so many in all sports and I wish to Tom and his family only the best. Congratulations @tombrady on such an amazing career. Enjoy this next chapter!”
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Jordan Spieth said: “I was actually a bit surprised just because of the level at which we’re still playing. Just the competitiveness he has, like I felt like he had to find a hobby or something because he would go crazy standing still.
Spieth then made a moving comment about how his friendship with Brady has helped him, saying: “When it comes to our relationship, he’s not just someone who helped me when things were going great. for me, helped reinforce that and give advice on how to keep moving forward when things are going really well but he’s also one of the few phone calls I’ve had when things are going really bad to be able to to be someone who can understand the ups and downs of a career and what he’s been through and give his perspective.