New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Very notably, there was no mention of the Patriots in Tom Brady’s official retirement announcement Tuesday morning. That lack of recognition sent many in Patriots nation into a tailspin.

However, Brady didn’t stay silent on the Patriots for long. A few hours after officially announcing his retirement, Brady posted to his Instagram story the statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, saying “Thank you Patriots and Patriots Nation…Beyond grateful and love you all,” then the Patriots’ post saying “I couldn’t have dreamed of a better ride.” Brady also echoed the sentiment on Twitter shortly after.

Of course, Brady has made reference to the Patriots a number of times since leaving. When he announced his departure back in March 2020, Brady made two separate posts – one thanking Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and the team, and a separate one specifically thanking Patriots fans and the people of New England.

When Brady returned to Foxborough in October with the Bucs, he spoke about being a part of the New England football community after retiring. “I feel like I’ll always be a part of this community,” he said after the game. “I’ll be up here quite a bit when it’s all said and done. When I retire I’m sure there will be a lot of time for – you know, I have a lot of friends up here and it’s a great place.”

According to Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, the Patriots and Brady “will discuss a possible return soon, but nothing has been planned at this time.” However, for the time being it appears some social media love will have to do.

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