After 20 years in Foxborough, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking his talents elsewhere. The 42-year-old announced the news Tuesday morning, complimenting the franchise, teammates, fans and of course head coach Bill Belichick in the process.
A portion of the future Hall-of-Famer statement reads: “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to know each and everyone of you and to have the memories we created together.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Belichick both released a statement of his own on behalf of the organization, saying he “loves Tom like a son and I always will.”
NFL Players React to Brady’s Revelation
As when most news hits social media, there was no shortage of Twitter reactions by players Brady has either played with, against or have simply admired the former Michigan Wolverine from afar.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted his thoughts on where Brady will end up next year, and it’s in the same division as the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Meanwhile, Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson predicted a Brady-Antonio Brown reunion next season.
Check out some of the other reactions from players, fans and NFL Twitter below.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman was on the minds of others, considering the former Super Bowl MVP boldly claimed in February Brady would be back at Gillette Stadium in August.
Eventually, Brady’s former teammate and lifelong friend broke his silence in a series of photos of the two, simply captioning his Instagram post “Family.”
It’s the end of an era, indeed.