Any talk of Tom Brady retiring can be put to rest after Tom Brady’s latest thank you note to Patriots fans. There will be plenty of speculation over the months ahead unless the Patriots and Brady get together soon to reach a new contract agreement. For the first time in his career, Brady could be an unrestricted free agent.
Brady thanked Patriots fans and the entire Kraft organization at Gillette Stadium saying, “you dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.”
Earlier this week, New England owner Robert Kraft told Peter King that it’s his “hope and prayer” that Brady either returns to the Patriots or retires.
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I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show – the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.
Willie McGinest on if he thinks this is the end of Tom Brady with the Patriots:
“I’m going to say no. But there are a lot of things that need to line up… I don't think the hometown discount is going to happen any more… He wants to win. He definitely wants to play football.” pic.twitter.com/o3IBwQebJ0
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