Tom Brady has left New England Patriots fans fuming after he didn’t mention them whatsoever in his lengthy 962-word statement posted Tuesday announcing his decision to retire from the NFL.
The 44-year-old is bringing the curtain down on 22 years in the NFL and has spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who he heaped praise on when announcing his decision.
But there was no initial mention of the Patriots, the team he spent the first 20 years with, and he didn’t mention Patriots owner Robert Kraft or even his longtime coach Bill Belichick.
After a furious backlash, Brady later took to his Instagram story to screenshot a message from Kraft, adding the response: ‘Thank you @patriots and Patriot Nation. Beyond grateful and love you all’ – the first mention of his former team.
Brady achieved immense success with the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls with the first coming in just his second season in 2002.
Brady also won 17 AFC East division titles, and 13 AFC Championship Games. Brady also won three NFL MVP awards, was selected to the Pro Bowl 15 times, and established the NFL records for most wins by a quarterback, most touchdowns, most passing yards, and most completions.
‘And he just happens to ‘forget’ to mention the Patriots organization and their fans? Sad.’
Another, more scathing view, said: ‘Tom Brady made absolutely no mention of @Patriots any of his Patriots teammates, staff or coaches in his retirement announcement. That’s a high level of petty.’
Another wrote: ‘Tom Brady not even mentioning one word about the Patriots, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft in his retirment post is the most savage thing he could possibly do. All thanks to 2 years in Tampa Bay, forget the other 20 in New England.’
Another, more amused tweet, read: I hope Brady goes into the Hall of Fame as a Buc than a Patriot.’
One Patriot fan took a more upbeat view and said: ‘Remember one thing. we the New England Patriots made Tom Brady the GOAT (greatest of all time) and his career. Tampa did not make him.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jack Bezants