You cannot talk about the New England Patriots without mentioning Tom Brady’s name at least half a dozen times.
Side by side with Bill Belichick — and a plethora of talented teammates on both sides of the field — Brady turned the Pats into the team to beat, the NFL’s boogieman, the most dominant force in football.
Brady took the league by storm from day one, subbing in for the injured Drew Bledsoe and making the Patriots realize that they needed to give him the keys to the offense for good.
He spent two decades in Foxboro and led the team to nine Super Bowl appearances and six Vince Lombardi trophies — tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history.
So, now that he’s finally retired for good, Patriots owner Robert Kraft confirmed that the franchise plans to honor him in some way next season, potentially signing him to a one-day contract to bid farewell in front of his beloved crowd.
.@Patriots owner Robert Kraft telling me he spoke with @TomBrady today & a celebration of his career in New England will take place, potentially in the form of a one-day contract @NBC10Boston pic.twitter.com/PkvimmuHpM
— Malcolm Johnson NBC10 Boston (@MalNBCBoston) February 7, 2023
“He’s a Patriot from start to finish,” Kraft said. “We’re going to have him back here and celebrate his 20 years with the Patriots. Hopefully we’ll have occasions to do it every year for different reasons. ? We’ll (soon) be at 25 years since the first Super Bowl. But he’s a very special person. He’s been, I like to say like a brother to me, but really a son, and he’s pretty special.”
Brady wrote NFL history and set all kinds of records at Gilette Stadium before leaving for a three-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And even though there were multiple reports about a potential feud with the organization and coach Belichick, they’ve had nothing but praise for each other over the past week or so.
Brady had at least two different Hall of Famer careers in New England, so the fans better give him the farewell he deserves once he sets foot on that gridiron for the last time.NEXT: Bill Belichick Talks About What He Learned From Tom Brady