The GOAT Set to Buy Piece of an NFL Team

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That didn’t take long. Not long at all.

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady retired in February — for good this time — after 20 years with the New England Patriots, three in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers, and seven Super Bowl rings to boot.

The GOAT Set to Buy Piece of an NFL Team

Now, he’ll reportedly become a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders if the NFL allows it, according to’s Albert Breer.

The GOAT Set to Buy
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Breer tweeted Monday, “The sale of a minority share of the Raiders to ex-Patriots and Bucs QB Tom Brady has been agreed to and submitted to the NFL for approval. Won’t be done at the spring meeting but ball is rolling on it. (Brady is already in business w/Vegas owner Mark Davis, with the WNBA Aces).”

Brady leads the NFL in almost every meaningful passer metric (volume) throughout NFL history and is universally considered the greatest quarterback of all time, if not football player. He’s also slated to take on commentating duties in 2024, although that plan seems up in the air at the moment, according to some.

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Ironically, one of Brady’s claim-to-fame or claim-to-infamy moments occurred against the Raiders in January 2002 when the Tuck Rule game was born. Brady suffered an obvious fumble that was reversed on a technicality, propelling the Patriots to the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl triumph over the mighty St. Louis Rams three weeks later.

Now, Brady owns the Raiders in more ways than one.

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After he fake-retired in 2022, Brady allegedly tried to buy a minority share in the Miami Dolphins, too, but that didn’t pan out, and he unretired shortly after. His Buccaneers won the NFC South in 2022 — almost by default due to poor competition — and lost in the postseason to the Dallas Cowboys.

Interestingly, the Raiders are quarterbacked by Brady’s former backup Jimmy Garoppolo, so there’s an on-the-field connection already. But because Brady played 23 seasons, he has ties to virtually every NFL team in some capacity.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls an offensive play in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. © Matt Kryger/IndyStar.

Brady said about his retirement plans a few months ago, “There is nothing I love more than football, but I have young children. They have watched enough of their dad’s games, and it’s time for me to watch their games.”

The Minnesota Vikings play the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 10th. Former Vikings Duke Shelley signed with Las Vegas in March.

The NFL must approve the sale to Brady before it becomes official, but it would be a little weird if they didn’t.

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