Brady says goodbye to football, thanks to everyone except the Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The greatness of Tom Brady’s NFL career cannot be overstated.

He took the New England Patriots to the top echelon of the league during his 20 years with the team, filling the franchise trophy with six Lombardi Trophies while cementing his own status as the greatest player of all. the temperature.

He remained a beloved son in New England even after leaving for Tampa Bay after the 2019 season, quickly winning his seventh ring with the Buccaneers, then returning the following year to defeat his former team.

But Brady’s failure to include even a single mention of the Patriots or their fans in his long retirement announcement Tuesday was met with a chilling reception that left many perplexed as to one of the region’s most beloved sports personalities.

From the social media backlash to the always-on Boston sports radio, it gave the Patriots diehards yet another thing to debate about the infallible first-round Hall of Famer, even as he said goodbye to football.

While Brady’s announcement quickly rose to number two trending topic on Twitter, “New England” also made it into the national top 5, boosted by a steady stream of fan comments on the slight perception.

The reactions spanned the gamut, from those who were outraged by the apparent snub to others who found nothing to complain about.

“Yikes not a word about the Patriots? Thanks anyway and enjoy your family time,” one fan wrote.

Boston’s WEEI sports radio, on which Brady appeared weekly during his tenure with the Patriots, became a pseudo therapy line for Patriots Nation as it tried to reconcile the omission.

“Brady either hates Pats fans or thinks little of them,” said WEEI personality Rich Keefe. wrote on Twitter.

WEEI host Lou Merloni expressed a similar sentiment.

“Tom didn’t mention Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, the Patriots organization, Patriots fans or his time in New England. Is that weird?”

Still, others took the opportunity to congratulate the quarterback for all he accomplished in his two decades with the team.

“Thank you for the memories Tom. Thank you for all you gave to My Patriots,” one fan wrote below Brady’s announcement on Twitter. “Thank you for your dedication and love of the game.”

Official confirmation from Brady that he was hanging up his boots had been expected since media reports over the weekend.

Members of Brady’s camp initially pushed back on the story, followed by Brady himself, who said Monday he had not yet made a final decision.

That changed on Tuesday when he made it official with posts on Twitter and Instagram topped with a photo of him in a Buccaneers uniform, followed by an 18-paragraph statement in which he explained his decision to “leave the field next-generation gaming”. He then thanked the City of Tampa, his Bucs teammates, team owners, coach Bruce Arians, general manager Jason Licht and “every Bucs staff member and employee.”

He even gave specific shoutouts to his family, personal health guru Alex Guerrero, and officers Don Yee and Steve Dubin.

But he hasn’t said a word about the franchise that gave him his NFL shot by selecting him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

About three hours after Brady’s announcement, he finally mentioned New England, tweeting “Thank you Patriots Nation, I’m beyond grateful. I love you all” in response to a statement from Kraft.

Kraft’s statement says“Words cannot describe the feelings I have for Tom Brady, nor adequately express the gratitude my family, the New England Patriots and our fans have for Tom for all he has done in course of his career.”

Brady previously spoke about his time with the Patriots in March 2020 shortly after deciding to leave the Patriots in free agency to join the Buccaneers.

In the extensive email missive, Brady declared himself “Forever A Patriot” while thanking coach Bill Belichick, Kraft and his teammates “for the last twenty years of my life and daily commitment to winning and creating a culture. winner based on great values”.

“I’m grateful for everything you’ve taught me – I’ve learned from everyone,” Brady wrote at the time.

His bond was underscored this season when Brady and the Bucs traveled to New England in October and outlasted the Patriots 19-17.

Brady received a warm welcome from his former teammates and coaches and publicly kissed Kraft and Belichick. He also had a lengthy private meeting with Belichick after the game.

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