NFL: Tom Brady to leave New England Patriots

NFL: Tom Brady to leave New England Patriots

Legendary quarterback Tom Brady has announced he will be leaving the New England Patriots after 20 years. During this long spell the quarterback has led the Patriots to win six Super Bowls. Brady, now aged 42, was drafted by the Patriots in 2000 and then helped them win the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016 and 2018. They have played in the Super Bowl on another three occasions but lost the matches. 

"Pats Nation will always be a part of me, I don't know what my football future holds," Brady said. "It is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career. Although my football career will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything we have achieved and am grateful for our team accomplishments." Tom Brady is now a free agent and will surely receive offers from several other NFL teams. 

In a statement posted on social media, the quarterback added: "I wanted to say thank you to all of the incredible fans and Patriots supporters. Massachusetts has been my home for 20 years, it has truly been the happiest two decades I could've envisioned in my life and I have nothing but love and gratitude for my time in New England. The support has been overwhelming, I wish every player could experience it." 

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said: "Tom was not just a player who bought into our program, he was one of it's original creators - he lived and perpetuated our culture and on a daily basis he was a tone setter and a bar raiser. He didn't just perform, he didn't just win, he won championships over and over again. Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation and his success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years. Sometimes in life, it takes some time to pass before truly appreciating something or someone but that has not been the case with Tom. He is a special person and the greatest quarterback of all time." 

The New England Patriots are 16/1 at NetBet to win the Super Bowl in 2021, while the Kansas City Chiefs are 11/2 to win it. 

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