The G.O.A.T, Tom Brady has made the final decision to leave the New England Patriots. Tuesday morning on Instagram and Twitter, Brady shared some news with his fans that he will not be returning. This is the first time in the 20 years of the NFL history, that the Patriots will have another quarterback.
Fans were stunned, sad, and disappointed to see their top guy go, but some were also supportive. Owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft isn’t too keen on the idea of Brady leaving, but still supports his decision. “Tommy initiated contact last night and came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son,” Kraft told ESPN.
Brady was a legend to the Patriots, and overall, a hero. Although he is one of the greatest, he’s not cocky, but a humble guy, and a winner on and off the field. Brady brought the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, winning six, of which were the Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI and LIII.
It feels a bit weird, because we’re so used to seeing Brady in his uniform, and every season, football fans say, “The Patriots are cheaters!” or “Can Brady give someone else a chance?” Sometimes we hear, “Brady deflated the ball!” The great thing about Brady is he gets people talking. Whether you hate or love him, you still have to respect him. I believe his greatness is the reason why some people can’t stand him, but yet he proved himself to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick stated, “This is a credit to Tom’s consistency and what separates him. He didn’t just perform. He didn’t just win. He won championships over and over again…It was a privilege coaching Tom Brady.”
Rumor has it that he will become a quarterback for the Chargers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Brady has not yet confirmed, at least to the public.
“Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments,” Brady’s statement read in part. “I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and everyone of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”
What he also left was childhood memories of our parents sitting on the couch, screaming, “Patriots!” or “Go, go, go!” The Patriots will always hold a soft spot in my heart, because I have so many memories of my parents crying and cheering. Now, it’s a bit unstable and strange for us to think of Brady leaving.
Brady wasn’t just a football player. He was a family man to his wife, Gisele, and his children. What we see is a man who is humble enough to win, but also humble enough to lose. This is a man who isn’t afraid to acknowledge another man’s crown. Like Kobe Bryant, this is a man who will go above and beyond for what he wants, even off the cameras.
Whatever decision Brady makes, Brady has left his mark in the PATS Nation.
In the name of Chris Berman, “HE…COULD…GO…ALL…THE..WAY!”