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Tom Brady No Longer Captain of the Patriot Way

Tom Brady is leaving New England.

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Tom Brady No Longer Captain of the Patriot Way

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Tom Brady announced today that he won’t be returning to the New England Patriots. The 20-year veteran did so on his social media accounts this morning.

This is a tough pill to swallow for me, if I’m completely honest. Sure, Brady is coming off a couple horrible seasons (for him) and he’s 42 years old. The writing has been on the wall for a while, but it still didn’t feel real to me. I was hoping for him to spend his entire career in one place. That simply doesn’t happen in sports today.

It’s an unprecedented time. A potentially deadly virus is sweeping through the entire world. So here we are. On St. Patrick’s Day. Bars and restaurants are closed or take-out only. Boston doesn’t even have the opportunity to grieve in a very Boston way.

I know all things must come to an end. Sure. I get it. He was going to retire soon anyway. But a Patriots team without Tom Terrific feels wrong. Drew Bledsoe was the QB of my childhood until Tom walked into our lives on that faithful week 2 against the New York Jets.

Times they are a changin’. Thank you Tom for bringing the joy you have to Patriots Nation over the past 20 years. For raising those six titles. For leading a merry band of misfits into battle, and so consistently coming out on top. We’ve been spoiled. I hate to see you go, but I hope the next door that opens for you brings you what you’re looking for.

Thanks for everything, Tom. You really are the GOAT. Ugh…this feels like an awkward breakup.

What’s next?

Where will he go? I always assumed Brady would move out west if he were to ever leave the Patriots. That doesn’t seem likely at this point. Tennessee could have been an option, but have decided to go all in on Ryan Tannehill after a Cinderella season that saw them beat the Patriots in the Wild Card round. A game that turns out to be Tom’s final one in a Pats uniform. Oakland had been an option, but it looks like they’re bringing in Marcus Mariota.

Turf writer Matt Branigan has been insistent for a couple months now that Tom would land with the Buccaneers. That seems like a very real possibility. Only time will tell…

For the Patriots, big questions loom overhead. Do they go all in on Jarrett Stidham? Does Bill think the kid has it? Do they try to draft Jake Fromm and see him grow into the new phase of Patriots history? Do they bring in someone like Cam Newton, an established player coming off an injury who has never won a championship? Our writer’s room has been buzzing all morning about this. Matt Stafford and Derek Carr have been mentioned.

I have no idea if any of the above will happen. What I do know is Coach Belichick is likely going to surprise us all.

Those are all questions for tomorrow. Today is about Tom. And remembering everything he brought to sports fans in New England.

And who knows, maybe he’ll have a career after football.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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