Veteran teammate posts heartfelt message to Tom Brady on telling Instagram post

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a lengthy message to Instagram on Wednesday in which he thanked fans, lamented the end of his 2019 season and addressed rumors regarding his future in the league. 

Though the heartfelt photo caption was largely directed at loyal Patriots supporters, the words also resonated with several of Brady’s teammates, opponents around the league and even a few superstar celebrities. 

One player in particular who was struck by Brady’s message was veteran Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson, who played alongside the quarterback in 2019 as well as from 2004 to 2009, a span during which the Patriots appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one.  

While Brady used his platform to send his thanks to Patriots fans, Watson commented that it was Brady himself who actually deserved a thank you. 

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Tom Brady says his retirement is 'unlikely,' stops short of confirming return to Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seemed as calm, cool and collected as ever as he took the podium following his team’s wild-card round loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday

While the NFL veteran’s press conference began with questions about his team’s struggles during the game and the entirety of the season, it quickly — and predictably — turned to questions about Brady’s future. Will he retire? Will he stay with the Patriots? What’s next?

Brady, who has likely become accustomed to hearing and deflecting such questions over the past few seasons, managed to say both nothing and everything at the same time in his calculated responses. 

“I love the Patriots,” he said while wearing a navy blue beanie that matches the team’s primary color. “Playing for Mr. Kraft all these years, and for coach Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me, just being with them.”

“I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”

“A lot of games” is certainly an understatement for Brady, whose 219 career regular season wins — a league record — and 64 career losses equate to a winning percentage of .774%, all with New England. 

But does his love for the team, owner and head coach he’s spent nearly two decades with overshadow his possible desire to play elsewhere, or to retire? While Brady called his retirement “pretty unlikely,” he declined to elaborate further on his upcoming career plans. 

“Who knows what the future holds?” he said. “We’ll leave it at that.”

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Bill Belichick refuses to acknowledge loss to Dolphins as Patriots prepare for Titans

When Bill Belichick doesn’t want to talk about something, he doesn’t talk about it. 

This isn’t groundbreaking news for anyone who has ever listened to the New England Patriots head coach’s press conferences before. Belichick has become notorious for being tight-lipped, forward-thinking and maybe, at times, coming off a bit grumpy. 

So, when he was asked about his team’s Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins ahead of the playoffs beginning on Saturday, Belichick shrugged and quickly shot the question down. 

“I don’t know what we are or aren’t, doesn’t matter,” he responded to the notion that the Patriots may be underdogs this weekend. “We’re just trying to get ready for the Titans [and] play our best game on Saturday night. That’s it.”

When pressed, the coach continued by saying that the team is “past last week.”

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Rob Gronkowski implores NFL, other pro sports leagues to allow CBD use

Rob Gronkowski has hung up the cleats on his larger-than-life on-field persona and is taking on a new role in retirement: Mr. Recovery.

The former New England Patriots tight end has spent the five months since announcing his retirement focused on recovering from his injury-riddled NFL career. 

He says CBD is the product that has helped him most, and now he’s asking the NFL and other professional sports leagues to update their stances on the substance.

“It’s just time,” he said. “It would have made a huge difference for me, I believe, during my playing career. I want the same opportunity for my friends and teammates out there.”

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Misprint lists Tom Brady among youngest players on Patriots roster

Brady, Tom. Six feet, four inches tall. 225 pounds. 22 years old with 20 years of NFL experience. 

Wait, what?

A hysterical misprint in the New England Patriots official roster earlier this week listed the 42-year-old superstar quarterback as a full two decades younger than he actually is. 

Brady noticed the error and posted a photo to his Instagram with his incorrect age circled and a message thanking the team for “finally” getting his age right.

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Tom Brady reveals what he eats on his ‘cheat days’

You don’t become the winningest quarterback in NFL history by eating pizza – or at least, not bad pizza. 

Tom Brady’s bulked-up physique at New England Patriots training camp last week had some fans wondering if he had ditched his famous TB12 method. Now the star quarterback is admitting that he does, in fact, occasionally cheat on his diet. 

“You should never restrict what you really want,” the 42-year-old told Men’s Health

Brady has famously avoided popular foods like tomatoes and strawberries — healthy foods to mere mortals — in favor of avocado ice cream and veggies. So it comes as a bit of a shock to find out that the six-time Super Bowl champion and seemingly ageless wonder does partake in the pleasures of bacon, pizza and chocolate every now and then.

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Julian Edelman explains what he’ll miss most about ‘big ol’ teddy bear’ Rob Gronkowski

The Rob Gronkowski era in the National Football League is over, and seemingly no one is taking it harder than former teammate Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP explained exactly what it is that he’ll miss most about Gronk – and there may be some inappropriate stories involved. 

Edelman called the former tight end a “big ol’ teddy bear” and noted that he was one of the most refreshing faces to see when the grind of the NFL season got to be too much. 

“Sometimes it’s not easy to have a great attitude,” Edelman said. “And Gronk’s over there in his locker room, naked, smiling, like, ‘Hey, what’s up, dude?'”

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