Tom Brady

Brady may come back

44-year-old Brady said he was happy with his decision but wouldn't mind reconsidering it six months from now.

"I'm just gonna take things as they come. I think that's the best way to put it and I don't think anything, you know, you never say never," said Brady, who played most of his career for the New England Patriots.

Brady, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, added that the decision to retire was heavily influenced by him missing things outside of sport.

NFL great and seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady confirms retirement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, 44, won seven Super Bowls in an astonishing career spanning 22 seasons.

Brady won six titles with the New England Patriots before his final triumph with the Buccaneers last year.

The five-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player is retiring after deciding he could no longer make the "competitive commitment" to continue.

His final game in the NFL was a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the play-offs, when his heroics narrowly failed to pull off a sensational comeback from 27-3 down.

NFL great Tom Brady expected to retire after winning seven Super Bowls

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, 44, has won seven Super Bowls in an astonishing career spanning 22 seasons.

It was widely reported on Saturday evening that he had decided to retire, but his company TB12 Sports then deleted a tweet confirming the news.

And later, speaking to the NFL Network, Brady's father Tom Brady Sr said his son had not yet "made a final decision".

Brady, a five-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, won six titles with the New England Patriots before his final triumph with the Buccaneers last year.

Tom Brady throws Super Bowl trophy from one boat to another during parade

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, who beat the Kansas City Chiefs in their team's own Florida stadium 31-9 on Monday (NZ time), were joined by their families at the Super Bowl's boat parade. In one photo, Brady holds his 8-year-old daughter Vivian Lake Brady with wife Gisele Bundchen.

Pegged as a “socially distant boat parade” by the official Buccaneers' website, other images from the event show cheerleaders in masks waving to onlookers. Brady turned up in a new boat reportedly worth over $US2 million.

Tom Brady wins seventh ring as Buccaneers dominate Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes

In dominating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9, the Bucs became the first team to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium as quarterback Tom Brady secured his seventh Lombardi Trophy, by far the most of any player in NFL history.

In fact, Brady's seven rings are more than any other NFL franchise has won in its existence. The Super Bowl win is Tampa Bay's second in franchise history and first since 2002.

Tom Brady leaves Patriots

Brady will not be a New England Patriot when he starts his 21st NFL season, but where he lands in free agency remains unclear.

The Tennessee Titans are ruled out after re-signing Ryan Tannehill while the Las Vegas Raiders' reported acquisition of Marcus Mariota means Sin City is unlikely to be Brady's next destination.

So where is his most likely landing spot? We assess the options.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

A sporting icon moving to the City of Stars late in his career? See LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers for evidence that can happen.

Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga urge action on women's right to education

Charlize Theron, Meghan Markle, Blake Lively, Ashley Graham, Tom Brady, Lady Gaga, Bono and many more have signed an open letter demanding world leaders take women's education seriously.

The letter was organized by the ONE organization's Poverty is Sexist campaign.