Tom Brady gave New England a sense of hope after the six-time Super Bowl champion took to Instagram to address his future and thank fans for their appreciation Wednesday. The 42-year-old enters free agency for the first time in his career on March 18 and before Brady’s statement fans weren’t sure if he was going to retire or not.
Brady’s full text read: “I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show – the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.”
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The Patriots will probably lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the former Bronco’s head coach is currently set to interview with the Browns on Friday. Will losing his best offensive coach have any effect on Brady’s decision? We’ll have to wait until March to find out. For now check out Brady’s post on Instagram.