Entertainment Sports Tom Brady Feels 'Gratitude' Despite Season-Ending Playoff Loss and Retirement Talk The NFL quarterback knows there is “interest in my future” but refused to address any upcoming plans in an Instagram post Tuesday By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 25, 2022 07:48 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tom Brady. Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage Tom Brady is focusing on the present amid ongoing retirement rumors. The NFL quarterback, 44, refused to discuss his future while reflecting on the 2021 season following a playoff loss to Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The seven-time Super Bowl champion thanked his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates and fans in an Instagram post alongside a series of images from the season. "I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever a season ends," he wrote. "But this week, all that is on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all year long." Tom Brady Addresses His Future in NFL Following Playoffs Loss: 'We'll Just Take It Day By Day' "This year has been incredibly rewarding personally and professionally and I am appreciative of everyone who worked their ass off to help our team achieve so much," he added. Brady also addressed the Buccaneers' loss in the NFC divisional round. "I always want to win, I think that's pretty apparent by now, but that doesn't mean I equate losing to failure, especially when you go out fighting the way we did," he shared. "There's so much to appreciate in a season like this when you're surrounded by a team that believes in each other, and plays for the people standing on either side of them." Tom Brady Opens Up About 'What's Next,' Says He's Ready to 'Spend Some Time with My Family' Tom Brady. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Tom Brady Refuses to Leave Game, Helps Rob Gronkowski Earn $1M Bonus: 'I Love Playing Here' He concluded, "To everyone that was a part of it this year, thank you. I love you all!" In a post-game press conference on Sunday, Brady also refused to address the possibility of retirement. "I haven't put a lot of thought into it. So, we'll just take it day by day and kind of see where we're at," he said at the time. RELATED VIDEO: Tom Brady Reveals His Son Jack, 13, Is the Buccaneers' New Ball Boy: He Takes It 'Very Seriously' "Truthfully guys, I'm thinking about this game," he added of the 30-27 loss. "I'm not thinking about anything past five minutes from now." On Monday's episode of his SiriusXM podcast Let's Go!, the athlete said he's in "no rush to figure out what's next" and plans to spend time with his family this off-season. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. Speculation has grown over the last several weeks that the star athlete — who has one year left in his contract with the Buccaneers — is nearing the end of his career. Brady was drafted in 2000 and spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before making his Buccaneers debut in 2020.