New England Patriots

Tom Brady congratulated the Philadelphia Eagles and expressed gratitude for the Patriots in a lengthy post-Super Bowl Instagram post on Friday.

You can view the post above, but here’s the full text of his message:

It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive (sic). And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced.

Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win.

Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey.

Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship)

Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are.

And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams.

Thank you all. I love you all.

Best, Tom

There’s not much to read into here. Just a gracious congratulatory message from Brady. Unless you want to look at the photo of him with Rob Gronkowski and take it as a goodbye message for the tight end, who’s apparently contemplating retirement from football to move to Hollywood.

You could also look at the comment left by Brandin Cooks and do what you want with it: “Well said bro, well said! Appreciate you every day big guy!”

However, I’d quibble with the part about the coaches putting the Patriots in the best position to win. There’s no way to argue that benching Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl achieved that. But obviously, Brady wasn’t going to say the opposite. He always says the right thing. And he said all the right things with this post.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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