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Twenty years is kind of the dedication. Simply ask Tom Brady, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000 and went on to spend 20 straight seasons with the workforce.

However now it is time for his second act with a brand new NFL workforce. The 42-year-old, who’s arguably the very best quarterback of all time, is now a free agent. Brady mentioned he was leaving the Patriots on Monday, and he’s anticipated to maneuver to Florida and signal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Seeing the six-time Tremendous Bowl champion swimsuit as much as play someplace aside from Gillette Stadium within the upcoming NFL season — at any time when that begins — will definitely be odd. Let us take a look at different sports activities stars who shocked the sports activities world once they left the workforce they’d been with for 10 seasons or extra.


Brett Favre

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When you concentrate on Brett Favre, you concentrate on the Inexperienced Bay Packers. The Corridor of Fame quarterback spent 20 seasons within the NFL, and although he retired in 2010 — a full decade in the past! — he nonetheless holds quite a few NFL data, together with most consecutive begins by any participant. Favre performed for the Packers from 1992 to 2007, a whopping 16 seasons through which he was the face of the franchise, on the top of which he introduced them a title by profitable Tremendous Bowl XXXI. In March 2008, he retired … till he modified his thoughts and the Packers bizarrely traded him to the New York Jets in August 2008. He performed in New York for one season earlier than signing with the Minnesota Vikings — the Packers’ rival. Huh? He performed within the 2009-10 season, and after being harm throughout the 2010-11 season, he retired for good in January 2011.

Joe Montana

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It appears unreal that Joe Montana performed for a workforce aside from the San Francisco 49ers. Montana gained 4 Tremendous Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV) with the Niners, the workforce he performed with for 14 seasons after being drafted in 1979. However Joe Cool’s NFL profession really spanned 16 seasons. The eight-time Professional Bowler was harm towards the tip of his profession, lacking the whole 1991-92 season and a lot of the 1992-93 season. When Montana got here again wholesome, Steve Younger had already made a reputation for himself in San Francisco. Proper earlier than the 1993-94 season, the 49ers traded Montana to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, the place he completed his profession after two common seasons. Montana retired in April 1995, and he was elected to the NFL Corridor of Fame in 2000.

Honorable mentions:

Peyton Manning: Performed 4 seasons with the Broncos after being minimize by the Colts, and gained Tremendous Bowl 50 in his closing season.
Johnny Unitas: Performed 4 video games with the Chargers after 17 seasons with the Baltimore Colts.
Emmitt Smith: After 13 years with the Cowboys, spent two seasons with the Cardinals, scoring 11 touchdowns in 25 video games.
Jerry Rice: After 16 years with the 49ers, Rice spent three and a half seasons with the Raiders and a part of his closing season with the Seahawks. He had 1,211 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in his age-40 season.

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Michael Jordan

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When you concentrate on Michael Jordan, it is nearly as if his center title must be “Chicago Bulls.” MJ was within the NBA for 16 seasons, serving to the Bulls to 6 NBA titles: in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Maybe the very best NBA participant of all time, Jordan appeared destined to spend his whole profession with the workforce that drafted him in 1984. Or was he? First, Jordan retired in October 1993 and had a short stint in minor league baseball. The hiatus did not final lengthy, and the NBA world was relieved when he merely mentioned “I am again” in a press launch in March 1995. After a number of extra years of glory with the Bulls, Jordan retired for the second time in January 1999. Jordan couldn’t be away from basketball for lengthy, becoming a member of the Washington Wizards’ entrance workplace in January 2000. However administration wasn’t sufficient for him both, and he joined the Wizards as a participant in September 2001. It was definitely bizarre seeing him play for 2 seasons in one thing aside from a purple Bulls jersey. Jordan’s closing NBA sport was on April 16, 2003 — and yup, it was with the Wizards.

Tony Parker

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Among the best level guards in NBA historical past, Parker was picked by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001 and instantly helped make a huge effect. The six-time All Star was a part of among the finest “Massive Threes” ever alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and underneath legendary coach Gregg Popovich. Parker spent 17 seasons with the Spurs, profitable 4 NBA championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. Parker shocked everybody when he left the Spurs — Duncan and Ginobili by no means performed for a workforce aside from the Spurs earlier than retiring — and signed a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets earlier than the 2018-19 season. Nevertheless, he retired after only a 12 months there, in July 2019.

Honorable mentions:

Karl Malone: Spent his closing season with the Los Angeles Lakers (2003-04) after spending his whole profession with the Utah Jazz (1985-2003).

Hakeem Olajuwon: Spent his closing season with Toronto Raptors (2001-02) after spending his whole profession with the Houston Rockets (1984-2001).

Paul Pierce: Spent the primary 15 years of his profession with the Boston Celtics (1998-2013 earlier than spending a season with the Brooklyn Nets (2013-14), a season with the Washington Wizards (2014-16) and two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers (2015-17). In July, 2017, Pierce signed a ceremonial contract with the Celtics with a purpose to retire with the workforce.
Patrick Ewing: Spent his first 15 years with the New York Knicks (1985-2000, earlier than spending a season with the Seattle SuperSonics (2000-01) and his closing season with the Orlando Magic (2001-02).
Dwyane Wade: Spent his first 13 seasons with the Miami Warmth, earlier than spending a season with the Chicago Bulls (2016-17) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2017-18). Wade returned to Miami in the midst of the 2018-19 season earlier than retiring in April 2019.

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Hank Aaron

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Arguably the best slugger in baseball historical past, Hank Aaron spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, starting in 1954. The 25-time All Star and 1957 World Collection champion additionally has the second-most residence runs of all time with 755. In 1975, Aaron left the Braves for the Milwaukee Brewers, the place he performed one season on the age of 41. When the season ended, he ultimately went again to Atlanta, the place he joined the workforce in 1976 as a Braves govt.

Willie Mays

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Willie Mays, among the many best baseball gamers of all time, had an illustrious 22-year profession. He is additionally nonetheless the face of the New York Giants, the workforce he started his MLB profession with in 1951. When the workforce moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, Mays went with them, nonetheless swinging the bat with brilliance. He spent a whopping 21 seasons with the Giants, through which he helped the workforce win the World Collection in 1954. In Could 1972, Mays was 41 years previous when he was traded again to New York to play for the Mets. He spent one lackluster season there earlier than retiring.

Honorable mentions:

Yogi Berra: Launched by the Yankees after an 18-year profession. Took a season off, then performed in 4 video games with the Mets.
Harmon Killebrew: After 21 seasons with the Twins, spent 106 video games with the Royals through which he hit solely .199.
John Smoltz: Break up his closing season between the Crimson Sox and Cardinals after a 20-year profession with the Braves.


Martin Brodeur

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Martin Brodeur gained three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and is at present the workforce’s govt vice chairman of enterprise growth. It wasn’t all the time Brodeur and the Devils dwelling fortunately ever after, nonetheless. Brodeur, a 10-time All-Star and one of many NHL’s best goaltenders, started his profession in 1991. There was hypothesis Brodeur was going to retire within the 2012 offseason, however he signed one other contract with the Devils. After two below-average seasons, Brodeur grew to become a free agent and signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues in December 2014. In January 2015, Brodeur retired, having appeared in simply seven video games for the Blues.

Bobby Orr

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One of many best hockey gamers of all time, Bobby Orr was primarily royalty in Boston for the last decade he performed there. The defenseman joined the Boston Bruins, a workforce that had been struggling for a few years, in 1966. Orr modified all that, serving to the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. Orr missed a lot of the 1975-76 season attributable to harm, and his agent satisfied him to check in free company with the Chicago Blackhawks. Orr performed simply 20 video games within the 1976 season, missed the whole 1977 season, and tried a comeback within the 1978 season. He skated in simply six video games earlier than retiring at age 30 in 1978.

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Honorable mentions:

Mike Modano: Spent 20 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, then performed 4 video games with the Detroit Crimson Wings in his closing season.
Bernie Federko: Performed 13 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and performed 13 video games with the Detroit Crimson Wings in his closing season.



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One of many best soccer gamers ever, the Brazilian footballer made his debut for Santos FC in 1956. Along with enjoying for Brazil’s nationwide workforce — he led them to 3 FIFA World Cups — he additionally helped Santos win the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. After 19 seasons with Santos, Pelé retired in 1974. Two years later, he made his soccer comeback, signing with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League earlier than the beginning of the 1975 season. The legend ultimately retired in October 1977 after an exhibition match between the Cosmos and Santos, after all.

John Terry

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The English footballer will all the time be remembered for being captain for Chelsea, enjoying for the workforce from 1998 to 2017. John Terry, who performed centre again, led Chelsea to 5 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League title. In January 2017, Terry spent one season with Aston Villa, leaving the workforce in Could 2018 after the membership didn’t be promoted to the Premier League. Terry returned to grow to be Aston Villa’s assistant head coach a number of months later, the place he nonetheless is as we speak.

Steven Gerrard

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Thought of one of many best midfielders of all time, Steven Gerrard joined Liverpool in 1998, and he was with the workforce till 2015. Regardless of profitable two FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup, he was by no means in a position to win the Premier League with Liverpool. He is nonetheless a legend, although. Gerrard determined to cross the pond and check out his luck in Main League Soccer, signing a contract with the LA Galaxy in January 2015. In November 2016, after 13 appearances with the Galaxy, Gerrard retired on the age of 36. Gerrard has been supervisor of Rangers F.C. since 2018, a Scottish skilled soccer membership a part of the Scottish Premiership.