Damn. I've cried before at retirements. But never twice at a retirement video. (The 2nd, just before the beaming up, where he just looks around, is so powerful)
He is my 2nd favorite Patriot player ever (Gronk), but if he stays retired, he will have something Gronk doesn't have, a career entirely as a Patriot. So it's entirely possible, maybe even probable, that he'll become my favorite, assuming he doesn't go for Tom's 9th in 2022-3. I kind of wanted to see him attempt to break Rice's playoff record. But #2 ain't bad.
Such a hard worker, such an upbeat personality, such a fearless warrior, all in a frame that's more relatable.
He brought so many amazing memories to Patriots fandom, more than Gronk, more than everyone besides Tom and Bill. He will be so missed. Hope to see his punim, bearded or not, in the media or coaching space. One of a kind.