The Patriots are scheduled to honor legendary quarterback Tom Brady throughout Sunday’s season-opening sport in opposition to the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.
Particulars are slim on what the celebration may entail, however right here’s what we all know.
How will the Patriots honor Tom Brady?
Will No. 12 be retired? Will a statue go up in Brady’s honor at Patriot Place? We will see.
Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft stated Thursday solely that Brady will probably be honored at halftime and might be on the sector earlier than the sport.
“He’s actually excited and I’m excited, as a result of our followers by no means actually bought an opportunity to say goodbye in a correct method. And we’re going to do one thing particular and distinctive with him,” Kraft stated Thursday.
Kraft additionally stated Brady has “20 members of his household” coming, together with his mother and father and sisters.
“We’re honored to be internet hosting all of them,” Kraft stated.
Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., advised the Globe not too long ago that there was no want for any reconciliation between the Patriots and Brady after Brady’s sticky departure in 2020.
“Tommy has a deep appreciation and affection for Robert Kraft,” Brady Sr. advised Christopher L. Gasper. “That is very good that Mr. Kraft desires to acknowledge Tommy’s accomplishments with the Patriots.”
Find out how to watch Tom Brady’s return to New England
The one place the place the ceremony will probably be out there reside and in its entirety is a reside stream on Patriots.com.
Ch. 4, which has the tv broadcast of the 4:25 p.m. sport, had been hoping to point out the Brady tribute in full and had put in a request with CBS in New York to take action, however it couldn’t be organized. CBS is predicted to point out highlights of the occasion throughout its nationwide halftime present.
The league doesn’t allow community associates to stream reside, both, so Ch. 4 additionally can not present it because it occurs on its web site, and it’s restricted by NFL pointers to displaying not more than 90 seconds of the ceremony on “Patriots fifth Quarter” on sister channel TV38 following the sport.
What has Tom Brady stated about returning?
Talking on his “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Grey, Brady mirrored on what this journey again to Gillette Stadium means after enjoying 20 seasons in New England.
“Mr. [Robert] Kraft has been very welcoming to me, so I’m going to have loads of nice associates there,” Brady stated. “I’ve had so many individuals textual content me and say that they’re excited to see me come again. So it’ll be actually a particular reunion and I’m excited to get there.
“I haven’t been again a lot, simply by the best way issues work out. Your life type of takes you in several instructions.”
And what feelings will he be feeling?
“A variety of gratitude,” Brady stated. “I had 20 years of unimaginable, life-changing, altering experiences. I’ve so many reminiscences from my time there. Reminiscences with folks there.
“I’m creating a brand new reminiscence with folks there. To return to that stadium and convey my youngsters and my household otherwise. I’ve not been to that stadium on this method ever. I went there as a participant. I went there as soon as as a competitor. And now I’m going to go there actually as a fan after which I’m going to be there sooner or later as a broadcaster.
“I feel there’s loads of cool issues taking place. Once more, I feel a part of life is rising in several methods, increasing in several methods, attempting new issues and getting outdoors of your consolation zone. It’s OK. Even the expectations I’ve for myself.
“I’m going to work actually exhausting on this a part of my profession, realizing that the primary time you attempt one thing you’re not superb at it. The primary time I threw a soccer, I used to be not superb at it. The primary time that I attempted a math equation, I wasn’t superb at it.
“In numerous methods, the primary time you attempt something, it’s not going to be the simplest method, and also you’re going to should preserve working at it.
“I don’t suppose it’s going to be exhausting to be a fan, although. I like the game, and I like the Patriots. So going up there to see loads of my family and friends goes to be an incredible expertise.”
What has Invoice Belichick stated about Brady’s return?
Coach Invoice Belichick provided loads of reward for Brady this week.
“It’ll be nice to see Tom,” Belichick stated Monday. “Tom’s meant a lot to this staff, group, me personally. It was an incredible expertise to have the ability to coach him and for us to share the issues we shared collectively.
“Definitely recognizing him for all his nice achievements right here is greater than acceptable. Look ahead to seeing him and glad that he’s getting loads of recognition and appreciation for that as a result of he actually deserves it.”
When was Tom Brady final (publicly) at Gillette Stadium?
Brady has returned as soon as to Foxborough since leaving the Patriots in free company in March 2020, enjoying a sport in opposition to them as a member of the Buccaneers on Oct. 3, 2021.
The Patriots misplaced, 19-17. Since then, Brady has retired — twice.
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