Jim Nolan, Kraft Sports COO, shares info on Tom Brady’s return
When can fans expect to see Brady?
Scott Zolak: You’re not shrink wrapping the lighthouse with Brady, are you? Like the outside of it? I thought that may have been in play.
Jim Nolan: No, that’s not going to happen. Obviously everyone here is really excited to have Tom back. You know, it’s an opportunity kind of… We didn’t have a chance to give him a fitting farewell when he left New England. So we’re excited for all our fans to, you know, really express their appreciation for Tom on Sunday.
Marc Bertrand: Any details you can share about the event? Just a little something…
Jim Nolan: What I can say… it is going to be a halftime ceremony, just so fans know it’ll be a halftime ceremony, but we would anticipate the fans seeing him somewhere on the field pre-game. That’s about all I have for you guys today.
How’s Brady feeling ahead of his return?
On Monday, Brady finally spoke on his “Let’s Go!” podcast about what returning to Gillette Stadium will mean to him.
“To go back to that stadium and bring my kids and my family in a different way, I’m excited to get there, I haven’t been back much, just by the way things happen your life takes you in different directions,” he explained.
Brady also admitted that he doesn’t think it’ll be tough to be a fan this time around.
“I went there as a player, I went there once as a competitor and now I’m going to go there as a fan… I don’t think it’s going to be hard to be a fan though, I love the sport, I love the Patriots so going back up there to see a lot of my friends and family is going to be really a great experience.”
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The Brady 23: Recounting the 23 best games of Tom Brady's career
When Tom Brady first ‘retired’ after the 2021 season, the Sports Hub’s Alex Barth, Matt McCarthy, and Tim McKone compiled a list of ‘the 22 best Tom Brady games’ for his 22 years in the NFL. That list was originally going to be accompanied by a podcast including highlights and reflection on those games.
Before the whole project could be put together though, the unimaginable happened – Brady returned for a 23rd NFL season. Suddenly, his resume was one again ‘in progress.’
This past February Brady retired again, this time for good (we think). With his playing days now behind him (again, we assume), he’ll return to Gillette Stadium this Sunday to be honored by the Patriots on the first Sunday he won’t be on an NFL roster since 1999.
In celebration of Brady’s return, we’ve dug up the original ‘Brady 22,’ and turned it into the ‘Brady 23’ to accommodate his final season in the NFL. Unfortunately, the podcast is lost to the ages, but here is the list of the top 23 Tom Brady games of his NFL career from Barth, McCarthy, and McKone…