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Tom Brady retires: Where does Buccaneers QB’s finish rank among best final seasons in NFL history?

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Barry Sanders

Final season: 1998Notable numbers: 1,491 yards, 4 TDs

Before hanging it up at 31, the shifty all-star led the NFL in carries and finished fourth in rushing yards just one year after topping 2,000.

13. Tiki Barber

Final season: 2006Notable numbers: 1,662 yards, 5 TDs

The NFL’s fourth-leading rusher at 31, he logged his fifth straight 1,000-yard season to help lead the Giants to the playoffs.

7. Robert Smith

Final season: 2000Notable numbers: 1,521 yards, 10 TDs

The former first-rounder exploded on his way out, totaling more rushing yards than NFL MVP Marshall Faulk en route to All-Pro honors and Offensive Player of the Year consideration before retiring at 28.

6. Cecil Isbell

Final season: 1942Notable numbers: 2,021 yards, 24 TDs, 14 INTs, 87.0 rating

In his fifth and final NFL season, Isbell easily outpaced the entire league through the air long before passing became the focal point it is today, leading the NFL in yards and TDs while going 8-2-1 under “Curly” Lambeau. Tom Brady

Final season: 2021Notable numbers: 5,316 yards, 43 TDs, 12 INTs, 102.1 rating

A year after winning his seventh Super Bowl and contending for MVP, the 44-year-old Brady set career highs in passes while leading the NFL in yards and TDs, coming within 200 yards of breaking the single-season record for yardage. Jim Brown

Final season: 1965Notable numbers: 1,544 yards, 17 TDs, 328 receiving yards, 4 TDs

The future Hall of Famer won NFL MVP for his all-purpose dominance at the finish line, leading the NFL in carries, yards, rushing TDs and rushing yards per game, powering an NFL-best 11-3 finish for Cleveland, as well as a trip to the NFL Championship.

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