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Tom Brady has announced that he would play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, just weeks after announcing his retirement
Any mention of the Patriots is conspicuously lacking from Tom Brady's retirement letter.
Brady, 44, addressed days of speculation Tuesday morning by formally announcing his retirement after 22 NFL seasons and seven Super Bowl appearances. During his 20-year tenure with New England, he won six Super Bowls.
Brady, on the other hand, made no mention of his previous team in his social media post. He thanked his Buccaneers teammates, Buccaneers fans, the Tampa Bay region, Buccaneers ownership, general manager Jason Licht, head coach Bruce Arians and the rest of the coaching staff, all of the franchise's employees, longtime trainer Alex Guerrero, his agents Don Yee and Steve Dubin, his parents and the Brady family, and finally, his wife Gisele Bundchen and his three children.
The nine-part statement excluded his time with the Patriots and people affiliated with it, most notably Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft.
By the conclusion of his 20th season, Brady had grown tired of Belichick, and he departed Foxborough early in 2020 to join the Buccaneers, leading them to a Super Bowl victory in his first season.
On Twitter, the Patriots acknowledged Brady's retirement.
“It was quite the ride. Thank you and congratulations,” the post read.
Kraft also released a statement through the team.
“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 did during his career. A generation of football fans have grown up knowing only an NFL in which Tom Brady dominated. He retires with nearly every NFL career passing record, yet the only one that ever mattered to him was the team’s win-loss record. In his 20 years as a starter his teams qualified for the playoffs 19 times. He led his teams to 10 Super Bowls, winning an NFL-record seven championships. In a team sport like football, it is rare to see an individual have such a dominant impact on a team’s success. You didn’t have to be a Patriots fan to respect and appreciate his competitiveness, determination and will to win that fueled his success. As a fan of football, it was a privilege to watch. As a Patriots fan, it was a dream come true.
“I have the greatest respect for Tom personally and always will. His humility, coupled with his drive and ambition, truly made him special. I will always feel a close bond to him and will always consider him an extension of my immediate family.”
When Brady announced his departure from the Patriots in 2020, he thanked fans, Belichick, and the Krafts on social media.