Tom Brady: From Retirement to Ownership, Broadcasting, and Honors
According to NFL news and rumors Tom Brady remains a very busy man. He’s currently in talks to buy an ownership stake in the Las Vegas Raiders, per ESPN, and is already a part owner of the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA. That’s not to mention that he could be starting his 10-year contract as a Fox Sports analyst soon. Not even that is enough to slow him down, damn!
The greatest quarterback of all time spent 23 years in the NFL and the first team to honor his greatness will be the New England Patriots. The team announced that they will be honoring Brady in NFL Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
“The greatest player in the history of the game played right here in Foxboro, and I’m happy to tell you…I invited him back to come here and be with us at the opening game.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 11, 2023
“I’m thinking that the NFL is over a century old and 20 percent of those years of the NFL, the greatest player in the history of the game played right here in Foxborough,“ Patriots owner Robert Kraft said.
“And I’m happy to tell you … that I invited him back to come here and be with us at the opening game and let the fans in New England thank him for the great service he gave us for over 20 years.”
Brady ended his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl there but he’ll always be remembered as a Patriot. He spent 20 years in New England where he broke every major passing record.
He won six Super Bowls with the team, including four Super Bowl MVPs. Head coach Bill Belichick deserves a lot of credit for the Patriots dynasty but they don’t win nearly as many games without Brady starting at quarterback.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 16, 2023
That said, getting honored ahead of playing the Eagles might not be the best time to do it. Brady’s Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl back in 2017. That loss against backup quarterback Nick Foles certainly still stings but it makes sense to do it for the home opener. While there are some NFL rumors that Brady might still return and play football, going through with the ceremony with the Patriots might kill that idea.
Regardless, Brady deserves to be honored in a prompt fashion as the Patriots were not considered a premier team in the NFL prior to his arrival. He decided against retiring as a member of the Patriots but he’s still getting his chance to say goodbye to the fan base.