Tom Brady retires

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Didn't he express plenty of gratitude to the Pats and fans when he left? How many times does he need to thank the Pats? The entitlement among Boston fans is unreal.
 

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I have to believe something is in the works because if it isn’t , it’s pretty screwed up. He mentioned every other part of his playing career, including Michigan, but no mention of the biggest part.
Yes I can't imagine a guy as PR-savvy as Brady would mention Michigan, Alex Guerrero, everyone in the Bucs organization by name, the folks at TB12, the mailman, and his third grade teacher, but completely leave out the frigging Patriots, which is where he became TOM BRADY.
 

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Oh stop. The day the guy retires from football and he doesn't mention the place he played for 20 of his 22 years? That's really messed up.
Oh stop? I mean, will you be okay?

He thanked the Pats when he left and it seems extremely likely there's more to come with Brady and NE. I mean, take 10 seconds and *think* about this. Do you *really* think he's not going to acknowledge the Patriots or their fans?
 

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He's retiring from the Bucs, not the Pats, and he already said his thank you's and goodbye's when he left the Pats. There will be plenty of time for him to be honored in Foxboro. I can see why he did it this way.
 

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Crap, we gotta come up with all new posts again - we already said our goodbyes 3 days ago!

Still, we love ya Tom!!
 

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He's retiring from the Bucs, not the Pats, and he already said his thank you's and goodbye's when he left the Pats. There will be plenty of time for him to be honored in Foxboro. I can see why he did it this way.
To have the 24-hour news stations asking if he hates the Pats?

It's weird.
 

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I know he played for Tampa for 2 years, but way too much thanking of Tampa and not a single mention of New England. I know he already thanked people, but no one will remember you were a Buc in 20 years so stop pretending they matter.

Yes, I know I sound like a jilted ex...
And no one will remember this instaface post in two months.
 

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He's retiring from the Bucs, not the Pats, and he already said his thank you's and goodbye's when he left the Pats. There will be plenty of time for him to be honored in Foxboro. I can see why he did it this way.
Completely agree. I think he knows going forward so much of the talk/legacy/etc is going to be Patriots-centric. I think he's doing right by the Bucs while he still can.
 

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To have the 24-hour news stations asking if he hates the Pats?

It's weird.
I mean, yeah, the sports talk shows and other talking idiots in the media will run with it. Which is why you should know you are overreacting if this bothers you. Even if he and BB aren't exactly on the best of terms, does anyone really think that Brady doesn't have fondness for the Krafts and his time in New England? I mean, c'mon.
 

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It’s weird to mention Michigan and not New England. He has kids running his social media who are amazing at their job - do you think none of them pointed out to him not mentioning the Pats is gonna be the story?
 

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Oh stop? I mean, will you be okay?

He thanked the Pats when he left and it seems extremely likely there's more to come with Brady and NE. I mean, take 10 seconds and *think* about this. Do you *really* think he's not going to acknowledge the Patriots or their fans?
I'm entitled to my opinion and I think it's messed up. Thanks though.
 

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Oh stop? I mean, will you be okay?

He thanked the Pats when he left and it seems extremely likely there's more to come with Brady and NE. I mean, take 10 seconds and *think* about this. Do you *really* think he's not going to acknowledge the Patriots or their fans?
The fact that he didn’t mention the pats is getting picked up by national news organizations not just local sports radio trolls. I just have to disagree with you on this but also think something is in the works (as previously mentioned)
 

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It’s weird to mention Michigan and not New England. He has kids running his social media who are amazing at their job - do you think none of them pointed out to him not mentioning the Pats is gonna be the story?
WHO GIVES A SHIT "WHAT THE 'STORY" IS?" AND WHY DO YOU SO GIVE?
 

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I mean, yeah, the sports talk shows and other talking idiots in the media will run with it. Which is why you should know you are overreacting if this bothers you. Even if he and BB aren't exactly on the best of terms, does anyone really think that Brady doesn't have fondness for the Krafts and his time in New England? I mean, c'mon.
It doesn't matter and I won't care once I have something else to think about other than spreadsheets, but for a man who is all about controlling everything to put out a lengthy statement thanking lots of people but not his old team and fans is a mistake. Unless he wanted people talking about the omission to create a story, it's weird.
 

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Waiting in line at my pharmacy, checked this thread and saw his announcement.

Literally WHILE READING HIS INSTAGRAM POST, Bill Simmons podcast is the background says, "On Tuesday, he's going to announce that he's going to retire."

Sounds like this was a secret that everyone on the planet already knew.

Godspeed, Tommy.
 

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The fact that he didn’t mention the pats is getting picked up by national news organizations not just local sports radio trolls. I just have to disagree with you on this but also think something is in the works (as previously mentioned)
Good I hope that's all they talk about. I am most happy when stupid people act stupidly to further demonstrate their stupidness.
 

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WHO GIVES A SHIT "WHAT THE 'STORY" IS?" AND WHY DO YOU SO GIVE?
My point is, it’s unavoidable that not mentioning NE would be a disproportionate amount of the conversation today. I am 100% positive that that’s either clear to TB because he’s a smart guy or because the smart people he pays pointed it out to him. As such, he wouldn’t have done so unless he wanted that noise. (Or unless there is more to come sooner than later.)

Personally I don’t really gaf. If he only ever had two years left I’m fairly confident things worked out better for both sides.
 

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The fact that he didn’t mention the pats is getting picked up by national news organizations not just local sports radio trolls. I just have to disagree with you on this but also think something is in the works (as previously mentioned)
I would hope something else is in the works. Either there is something really wrong between him and the organization or he plans something else.
 

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Zo and Bertrand are already trashing him.
They're asking the same questions this thread is. And saying they're disappointed in him if this is an intentional snub. Given the stuff Tom Sr. said the past couple of years, it's a reasonable question. Does it really matter? No. I hope he shows up for his number retirement ceremony and gets a 10 minute standing O sometime next season.
 

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I'm sure it was intentional. Just like I'm sure it will be intentional when he does something separate with the Pats that doesn't mention Tampa. Jeez, dude announces his retirement and gets shit on 4 minutes after the fact. Maybe give him a day?
 

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I’m certain a big day honoring him at Gillette is coming, but he fucked this up. To be clear, I’m not bothered by it, but why provide this fuel to the media, and have the big distraction from the announcement? This should not in way be a controversial day, and it wouldn’t have taken much effort to mention the Patriots and their fans. Tone deaf.
 

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No one's going to lose sleep over it. But you have to be pretty tone deaf to not think this comes off weird, and petty. This is more encompassing than just a "Thanks Tampa" letter, this is a retirement speech. He just lays it on so thick thanking every individual he met in Tampa, agents, family, Michigan, etc and doesn't mention a word about New England, or the beginning 90% of his career. The contrast is too stark to not be intentional.
 

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No word from the Pats social media accounts yet makes me think something is in the works. Let the Bucs fans have a day.
 

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If Belichick does NOT put out a statement today than there is a coordinated effort behind the scenes to have Tom retire in NE or w/e.
 

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No word from the Pats social media accounts yet makes me think something is in the works. Let the Bucs fans have a day.
This is def. possible, perhaps even likely.

I mean, the whole story for two years has been about Brady's breakup with the Pats, but after they seemed to hash things out after the game earlier this year, some (fairly well placed) folks said it was completely water under the bridge as a result. As a fan, I'm hoping it's not sour grapes, because the guy literally has nothing left to prove on the football field or as an athlete. If there's anything he should embrace in retirement, it's that.
 

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Point of order: is it even possible for him to sign a 1 day contract with the Pats, since he is under contract with the Bucs?
 

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Yeah it’s weird to not mention New England/BB/Kraft, as it’s a holistic statement. He’ll prob do something special for NE now and make me feel bad, but it is pretty glaring.
 
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No one's going to lose sleep over it. But you have to be pretty tone deaf to not think this comes off weird, and petty. This is more encompassing than just a "Thanks Tampa" letter, this is a retirement speech. He just lays it on so thick thanking every individual he met in Tampa, agents, family, Michigan, etc and doesn't mention a word about New England, or the beginning 90% of his career. The contrast is too stark to not be intentional.
he doesn’t mention Michigan other than in the context of how long he’s known Don Yee and the other attorney. It’s a very Tampa centric at the beginning - understandably as it’s his current gig.

If he had wrote more about San Mateo or Ann Arbor and then skipped the NE years, maybe then I’d get more worked up on the lack of Foxboro. But i thought the letter was fine and appropriate. People can search for hidden meanings if they want.