Tom Brady fan and former long-time Boston mayor Marty Walsh is wishing the NFL legend all the best in retirement.
That’s even as the star QB didn’t shower New England Patriots fans with love initially when he announced his retirement this week.
“Tom Brady brought a lot of joy to New England. Six Super Bowls we were in. Ten Super Bows all together. We won six. I want to commend Tom Brady on his retirement,” Walsh, now US Labor Secretary, said on Yahoo Finance Live.
After another MVP worthy season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady surprised fans this week by making his retirement official.
“I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition — if a 100% 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 single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life. This is difficult for me to write, 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 that require my attention. I’ve done a lot of reflecting the past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes,” Brady said in a post on his In stagram account.
The post was initially criticized for leaving out any reference to New England or former coach Bill Belichick.
In a later post on Twitter, Brady offered a “Thank you Patriots Nation.”
Said Walsh, “I know he has a very fond relationship with the fans in New England and with the ownership of the Patriots. So I am going to focus on the positive.”
Walsh has another positive to focus on for Friday — a much-better-than-expected January employment report.
Non-farm payrolls rose 467,000, surpassing economist estimates for an increase of 125,000. Payrolls for December were revised higher by 510,000. The unemployment rate clocked in at 4%.
“One thing we are seeing is employers and employees are adjusting and living with the pandemic,” Walsh said.
Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and anchor at Yahoo Finance. Follow Sozzi on Twitter @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn.
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