Tom Brady’s retirement announcement omits reference to Patriots

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Tom Brady‘s lengthy social-media post announcing his retirement mentions various persons and entities. It snubs one specific entity, along with all the persons who have worked there, currently and in the past.

Not once in Brady’s statement are the Patriots mentioned. Not once is anyone from the Patriots mentioned.

He mentions the Buccaneers. He mentions the Tampa fans. He mention the Glazer family. He mentions G.M. Jason Licht. He mentions coach Bruce Arians. He mentions his other coaches in Tampa. He thanks “every single Bucs staffer and employee.”

This statement isn’t something he thumbed on his iPhone while sitting on the commode this morning. It was drafted, re-drafted, re-re-drafted, read, re-read, re-re-read, and vetted by professionals. He said what he meant to say. He didn’t say what he didn’t mean to say.

It can’t be an accident that the entire Patriots organization was omitted.

That said, the omission is so glaring that it suggests something else is coming. Maybe he’ll do a one-day retirement contract with the Patriots, or some other New England-specific farewell.

Regardless, if there’s something that comes later, nothing will change the fact that, until it does, Patriots coaches, owners, employees, and fans are left to wonder what in the hell is happening.

110 responses to “Tom Brady’s retirement announcement omits reference to Patriots

  1. You’d think there would at least be a reference to his time with the Pats. No matter what pats fans say, it’s becoming more evident than ever that despite winning championships, players didn’t really enjoy being there.

  2. Wow. Disappointed in #TB12. It’s one thing to have a beef with BB. But to not even thank the fans in New England? No class.

  3. Who cares who he thanked or didn’t thank. All that matters is he’s officially gone at last! Drinks are on me!

  4. Didn’t he already do a thank you post to Patriots and Patriots fans when he left New England?

  5. Not only did Brady not mention the Patriots….he NEVER mentions the word “RETIREMENT”. He talks about commitment and hard work, but he never says taht he’s actually retiring.

    I think that Brady is leaving the door open to returning with another team.

  6. cookerduff123- we don’t care if the players enjoyed being here. It is what it is and nobody can take away all the titles, Brady’s and Belichick’s magnificence, Malcolm Butler’s interception, 28-3 and on and on. All those memories of Fall afternoons raking leaves with friends and drinking beer…still there. Did we care if Wes Welker was having fun? Lol.

  7. Brady gave his acknowledgement to New England when he left. He didn’t retire a Patriot he retired a Buc. It would have been inappropriate to include New England in his retirement announcement. There will be plenty of time for that

  8. He didn’t thank the Patriots and he also did not use the world “retire” or “retirement.” My thought is that he will return to Foxborough to sign a one-day contract so he can retire a Patriot. It will be an event, an opportunity for Brady to properly thank the greatest coach of all time and the greatest owner of all time and New England fans. You don’t acknowledge the two people who were most responsible for helping you form the greatest dynasty of all time in an Instagram post.

  9. He did already pay tribute to the fans there when he left – but I think that’s really telling.

    Here’s hoping that the Pats post-dynasty years look a lot like what the Cowboys have had since the ’90’s. That team & fanbase had the greatest run of any team in the history of modern sports, and had a choice whether to be grateful for that, or merely insufferable.

  10. For all you Patriot fans that worship him like your next lord and savior, just let that sink in for a bit. This is a huge snub.

  11. You retire from the organization you currently work for. He did not retire from the Patriots. He thanked them when he left.

    Once he signs his one-day contract with the Pats and retires, THEN he will thank them.

  12. “Wow. Disappointed in #TB12. It’s one thing to have a beef with BB. But to not even thank the fans in New England? No class.”

    Perhaps he thinks New England fans are the ones with no class?

  13. Told you, he is a big baby boy. He sees only himself in life
    and no one else, good riddance!

  14. His entire customer base is Patriots fans. It would make no sense financially to alienate all of us. Has to be more coming, and this story is getting serious legs, so it hopefully will be soon. After Brady met with Belichick in NE he said something on the field that made it seem like he would be around a lot in NE after his career was over. That would align with more news to come also.

  15. chrisb says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:03 am
    Wow. Disappointed in #TB12. It’s one thing to have a beef with BB. But to not even thank the fans in New England? No class.

    68 39 Rate This

    Perhaps he thinks New England fans have no class?

  16. People shouldn’t be surprised. He’s always been a petty jerk, people just didn’t want to see it because he played so well. Same reason why they ignore the reality of how he could still play so well at 44.

  17. Has everyone already forgotten how he thanked everyone from NE when leaving? From the fans to BB and Kraft going thru the staff and teammates? That was 2 years ago only

  18. Has no one learned in the 22 seasons he’s been a QB that Tom Brady holds grudges like no one the NFL has ever seen?

  19. In Josh Alper’s post it says qoute “As I sit here now, however, I think of all the great players and coaches I was privileged to play with and against” to me that covers everybody including New England.

  20. Just stop the nonsense the guy gave us 22 years of unparalleled excellence and you want to parse his retirement statement. He gets to go out on his own terms.

  21. Brady said what he needed to say when he left New England. This announcement was more about his current team and team mates.

  22. The fact of the matter is that the Pats have 0 titles without Brady, and they disrespected him ….hence they deserve no mention because they have NOTHING to do with his success, as proven in Tampa and would have been in any other organization. The Pats cheated and tainted his success if anything

  23. justsaying says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:18 am
    System guy that benefited from the AFC Least.
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    Please tell me which AFC Least team he played in the Super Bowl?

  24. Brady the diva is having a hissy fit that the Patriots wouldn’t give him the big contract he wanted or the players he wanted in his final years. Brady wants to have his cake and eat it too.

  25. There are things that happened which the general public don’t know about. Brady stayed classy and kept it to himself.

  26. Hey Tom Pat’s fan here. Ok you did not even mention the Patriots OR the Pat’s fans in your retirement speech. CLASSLESS. Proves you are a petty person with a grudge, so much for your endorsement of the Four Agreements, suggest you reread it. Not to mention EVEN Peyton Manning thanked the Pat’s fans when he retired! Wow. Tom expected more from you, I guess you are not as much of a great character person as we, Pat’s fans, thought. We supported you, bought your jerseys, supported TB12 at Foxboro, and supported you during some trying times (remember deflategate?). Expected more from you Tom.

  27. Wisconsin77 says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:15 am
    How many times is he going to announce his retirement? milking this much?

    This is HIS first announcement. Adam Schefter’s announcement was premature.

  28. ghost says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:24 am
    He should at least thank Adam Vinatieri for 2 of those SB rings……

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    Did Vinatieri score all the tem’s points in that game?

  29. If he doesn’t acknowledge his time in New England then the HOF voting committee should respect his wishes and not acknowledge it either.

  30. ghost says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:24 am
    He should at least thank Adam Vinatieri for 2 of those SB rings……

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    And the RBs and D for 5.

  31. Everyone looks back at his career and thinks his stardom was inevitable. It wasn’t. He was picked in the 6th round in the draft. If the Patriots don’t pick him, there’s a good chance he doesn’t get drafted. Maybe an UDFA/camp arm for someone. Maybe practice squad, but maybe selling insurance a couple months later. The Patriots carry him as the 4th QB on their roster for the whole season–when was the last time a team had 4 QBs on their roster? There are plenty of guys who got the right break at the right time and made it big. There are probably many more guys who didn’t get that break and never made it. Yes, he earned everything he achieved in his career, but I think a little gratitude toward BB and the Patriots is warranted.

  32. Brady was a bus driver. Belichick kept remaking the roster and setting him up for easy street.

  33. I’ve been a Pats fan for 35 years. Yes I was hurt. I hope there is more to come from Tom. Otherwise he didn’t end it properly and the Boston sports fans have NO PROBLEM with grudges. They can live a decade on a good grudge. Is Tom confusing his feelings for Bill with the Patriots fans. We NEVER wanted Tom to leave and most cheered for him as a Buc save 1 game.

  34. So much for plugging in any QB to the ‘system’ – Brady WAS the system. As a head coach, Bill was sub .500 pre-Brady and is now sub .500 post Brady…speaks for itself with Brady at 43 in his FIRST season with a NEW team and easily winning the super bowl and almost again at 44 this year! BB should give his pathetic boat with the ring count on the back to the guy who actually EARNED those rings in SPITE of working with a LOSING head coach….uh, that would be BRADY and Tuna. Case closed.

  35. I really hope that he retires a New England Patriot. Brady was adored and worshipped here for 20 years. The fans had nothing to do with whatever issues that he had with Belichick, the Krafts’, etc, at the end of his time here. I can’t imagine that he would put 2 years in Tampa Bay above the 20 he spent in Foxboro, but who knows what he’s thinking? It would be unbelievable if he does that.

  36. Tom Brady just finished the season for Tampa Bay…so he talked about his time with the Bucs…he will have tons of time to talk about his time with the Patriots…I’m a Seahawks fan, but give the guy a break….

  37. A post on social media is only the first step in this process. His retirement will affect the Bucs, not the Pats. His current team should be the focus … for now.

  38. If I was under contract to a team for another year and my papers were not officially filed, I would not be praising my previous employer, coaches and players. Especially with NFL tampering rules. People read too much into things.

  39. This is about Brady retiring from his current team. He already said goodbye to Boston and likely will do so in the future. If Pats fans and Bostonians are whining about the lack of reference, get the heck over yourselves, it ain’t about you.

  40. “Maybe he’ll do a one-day retirement contract with the Patriots, or some other New England-specific farewell.” – Maybe. Or maybe he’s simply not thankful.

  41. He’s already thanked them. And major props to him for just retiring and not doing a stupid farewell tour. I’m sure the NFL is mad about that because they could have milked that for a year.

  42. He retired from the Bucs. He left the Patriots 2 years ago and thanked all of the fans in NE, etc then.

  43. “Wow. Disappointed in #TB12. It’s one thing to have a beef with BB. But to not even thank the fans in New England? No class.”

    The classy fans who embraced their team cheating for their success?

  44. HE WIll NOT be doing a one day contract with New England to retire a Patriot.
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    Are you sure of that ? Did Adam Schefter call you with that tidbit ?

  45. Time to come back home, Tom. Can’t wait for you to sign the contract and retire with NE

  46. It’s clear that few in anyone posting comments to this issue have failed to read Jeff Benedict’s book “The Dynasty.” Perhaps all Patriots fans should take the time to read this book. Any doubts regarding what Tom Brady feels for the Patriots and the Kraft family will be erased. Its also clear that the relationship between Brady and Belichick was strained,but was respectful and they admired each other. I would not be surprised if Tom Brady discuss his plans with Robert Kraft and they agreed Tom will make his way to Gillette Stadium to sign a one day contract and retire a Patriot. “The Dynasty” is must read for Patriots fans – Jets and Bills fans should get the audio version so they don’t struggle understanding how championship teams are built.

  47. I agree, records wise he is GOAT. Period. Person wise I think he is a selfish egoist who is basically a flake. When you give every ounce your have to one thing, you give up a lot of other things too. Family time, friends, vacations, just doing other non football things wasnt a part of his life very much.
    My attitude when I see people like this I say you should do things at a high level and dont make any mistakes because doing one thing means get it right because the rest of us have a life.

  48. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:13 am
    Brady gave his acknowledgement to New England when he left. He didn’t retire a Patriot he retired a Buc. It would have been inappropriate to include New England in his retirement announcement.
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    You cannot be serious. It is 100% shocking and inappropriate to not mention the Patriots. He never would have been in the NFL without them. He owes them his entire career.

  49. Brady is just like the prima donna in Green Bay. All about me me me, all the time. The only surprising thing about it is he didnt wait until kickoff at the Superbowl to announce it.

  50. some of you people are so petty to the point where you have to bash his retirement announcement cause it’s you last thing you can reach for lol

  51. sinsor13 says:
    February 1, 2022 at 11:09 am
    Brady is going to retire as a Buc.

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    As a 49er

  52. This is all because BB put his own ego above the team in the SB against the Eagles. It’s why Brady and Gronk walked as soon as they could

  53. there’s gotta be something else coming; it makes no sense to leave an adoring fanbase in the lurch, not to mention Robert Kraft

  54. Let’s stir that pot. Doesn’t bother me he didn’t mention the Pats, etc. I was only offended he didn’t it make a TV special and Lifetime movie out of the announcement he was hanging it up.

  55. ““The Dynasty” is must read for Patriots fans – Jets and Bills fans should get the audio version so they don’t struggle understanding how championship teams are built.”
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    This is the kind of sentiment that will make the future in the AFC so much fun.

    Get used to life as a Yankees fan. “6” is the new “27.”

    You’ll always have the DVD’s.

  56. realestateguy1983 says:
    February 1, 2022 at 12:24 pm
    Time to come back home, Tom. Can’t wait for you to sign the contract and retire with NE.

    While that would be nice, he is still under contract to TB even with him retiring.

  57. It’s funny to hear grown men defending another grown man who said exactly what he wanted to say. There is no way this was not a snub. Saying he already thanked the Pats organization & fans, is simply LUDICROUS.

    It’s not the end of the world, but accept it for what it is…an unparalleled SNUB.

  58. Brady doesn’t owe anyone anything. We all know how he feels about Kraft and Belichick after all these years for drafting him and working alongside him. Personally, I don’t think he wants to retire. Tom said he wanted to play until he sucks. His performance hasn’t really dropped off.

  59. I just don’t get why Brady would make such an obvious omission and leave himself open to all of this criticism. Now, even if he does have something else planned for New England, it’s going to be awkward because all he talked about in his official statement was Tampa Bay, and it ticked of the Patriots fan base that supported him for 20 years and beyond.

  60. Man… I gotta say it…

    If you are a New England fan and you are upset about this….

    GROW UP !!!

    Seriously… the guy gave you the greatest run in professional football history… maybe even professional sports history…

    And you are upset because Tom Brady (who owes you NOTHING) didn’t mention you in a social media post ?????

    Hell..He’ll… I’m an Arizona Cardinal fan… if I had a player that had even 1/5th of Bradys success… and then didn’t mention us in his retirement speech…

    I WOULDNT CARE !!

    You spoiled New England fans got two consecutive DECADES of excellence ??

    Who cares if he called you all turds…

    It doesn’t matter.

  61. nhpats2011 says:
    February 1, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    This is all because BB put his own ego above the team in the SB against the Eagles. It’s why Brady and Gronk walked as soon as they could

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    Oh yeah… Brady walked as soon as he could. He was held there against his will for 20 years.

  62. Not a Brady fan but I don’t blame him. Never been a better QB than Brady and the run by the Patswith him is pretty much unmatched yet when reading the comments here and the other threads today you would think he was a failure. New England fans are proving why they are the worst most grateful and entitled NFL fans…jerks. Brady gave his all and many of you yahoos are so ungrateful it’s a joke….but it is the New England fan base state of mind…what have you done for me …today. It’s fun to watch the backstabbing from the “loyal” Pats fans…lol.

  63. cakesw says:
    February 1, 2022 at 12:52 pm
    Man… I gotta say it…

    If you are a New England fan and you are upset about this….

    GROW UP !!!

    Seriously… the guy gave you the greatest run in professional football history… maybe even professional sports history…

    And you are upset because Tom Brady (who owes you NOTHING) didn’t mention you in a social media post ?????

    Hell..He’ll… I’m an Arizona Cardinal fan… if I had a player that had even 1/5th of Bradys success… and then didn’t mention us in his retirement speech…

    I WOULDNT CARE !!

    You spoiled New England fans got two consecutive DECADES of excellence ??

    Who cares if he called you all turds…

    It doesn’t matter.

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    Brady can do and say whatever he wants. Doesn’t make the Patriots fans less grateful for what we were able to witness. Also doesn’t mean we can’t be disappointed that he didn’t thank the Patriots fans for their support for 20 years. Bucs fans don’t even really exist. There are like 1 million. There are 7 million Patriots fans. That’s who buys his books and his clothing etc. Brady is definitely grateful for all of his fans. There’s more to come.

  64. Huge Brady fan – I think we have been lucky to see the greatest to ever play the game. I once met a man who was lucking enough to have actually seen Babe Ruth play baseball and thought that was amazing. I now know what it is like to see the best to ever play. But, not mentioning the Patriots, Kraft or Belichick, even if there is something later, is wrong. It appears petty, vindictive, low class and unnecessary. Will Brady’s life be any better now that he flipped off his former team, fans, owner and coach like this?

  65. I think this is much ado about nothing. He is currently employed by the Bucs, so this statement is about retiring from his current employer.

    It’s not a statement on his entire career, or a summation of everyone he’s grateful to in his career, which would of course include the Pats and others before them.

    People seem to want everything all at once, even though social media is a quick-hit medium. If he’d mentioned other employers while announcing leaving his current one, it would have looked a little ungrateful. So he gave the Bucs all of one whole social media posts to themselves. That’s really not a big deal.

    The career-summing reflections will follow.

  66. I can’t stand Brady. I think he’s an arrogant jackwagon. Now, part of that has to do with his destruction of the Steelers over the years, but part of it was his personality. I doubt I would abhor Peyton Manning as much if he had similar success against my team because he’s a likable fellow. I’ve also always thought the whole GOAT thing to be a bit dramatic … the guy lost three Super Bowls, and didn’t play great in some others. If all we focus on are QB Super Bowl wins, and Eli Manning beat the GOAT twice on the biggest stage, then what is he? Regardless, seven super bowl victories will probably never be matched … in fact, I’ll take the under on the combined super bowl wins of the AFC QB media darlings (Mahomes, Allen, Burrow, Herbert) vs. Brady’s seven.

  67. Mmmmmmm….the hater comments are so gloriously delusional. Haven’t been relevant in 2 years and they still can’t get over the Patriots. Absolutely love it! What ridiculous thing will they say next?? *grabs popcorn*

  68. No big deal. It’s all sudden news and Brady retiring and that is a big deal.
    The dust will settle. He will get his day in Foxboro. Rest assured he will always be a beloved Patriot when he comes out onto that field to have his jersey retired.

  69. If he is retiring for real the Pats could trade a 7th for him or something to get his contract, then let him retire a Pat. I wonder though if this already came up and Belichick balked at giving up a 7th.

  70. He went out on his terms. He had more to prove, and he did it. The Hall of Fame clock officially starts. No worries, NE, he’ll mention everyone in that speech. In the meantime, enjoy the next phase in life.

  71. Pats fans are feeling lots of different emotions here. And it can be hard to process in the moment. But we New Englanders all know that Tom Brady owes us nothing. He gave us everything he had for 20 years, and the result was more pure sports joy than we ever could have hoped for. Every year, for twenty straight years, we had legitimate hopes of another championship. Hope. Year after year. No athlete can do more than that for the fans. So don’t mind us, Tom. We’re still in the early stages of adjusting to life without you. We’ll get there and definitely in time for your Hall of Fame induction.

  72. If I was him, I wouldn’t mention the team he played for that employed cheating tactics at every opportunity, which resulted in the largest fines ever levied by the NFL against a team cited for repeated offenses. His tenure at New England will by forever tainted by those offenses. You can’t change facts.

  73. 3 Rate This
    kevpft says:
    February 1, 2022 at 2:04 pm
    I think this is much ado about nothing. He is currently employed by the Bucs, so this statement is about retiring from his current employer.

    He’s retiring from the NFL. From his playing career. This is the time to reflect on his ENTIRE career. Not just the last two years.

  74. With such a blatant omission of all things Patriots,it looks like he just might retire as a Buc. He wanted to retire here,but Kraft and Belichick wouldn’t give him a contract back in 2018. Brady will hold onto that grudge for the rest of his life. I don’t blame him,but I just hope he knows that the fans never wanted him to leave. The whole situation stinks.

  75. bfindeisen says:
    February 1, 2022 at 2:09 pm
    Mmmmmmm….the hater comments are so gloriously delusional. Haven’t been relevant in 2 years and they still can’t get over the Patriots. Absolutely love it! What ridiculous thing will they say next?? *grabs popcorn*

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    Im kinda enjoying that too. Even when the Pats aren’t beating up everyone’s team they still live in their heads this much.

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