July 17, 2024

Patriots

“I’m a Patriot for all times.”

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is honored at half time. The New England Patriots hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL season opening game on Sept. 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Tom Brady addressed the Gillette Stadium crowd on Sunday night. Matthew J Lee / The Boston Globe

FOXBOROUGH — For the primary time since hanging up his cleats, Tom Brady returned to a wet Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to participate in a particular halftime ceremony.

Already energized by the Patriots’ second-quarter response from a 16-point deficit, a raucous Gillette Stadium crowd showered Brady with cheers.

The legendary quarterback addressed the group in the course of the ceremony, which additionally featured Robert Kraft and loads of former Patriots in attendance.

Kraft introduced earlier than Brady’s speech that Brady will likely be inducted into the Patriots Corridor of Fame at Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2024.

Here’s a transcript of Brady’s full speech delivered to the group at Gillette Stadium:

Thanks. Thanks guys. What a day. You understand, that run out was a little bit longer at the moment than it was. I’m not fairly in sport form. But it surely’s inconceivable for me to be on this stadium stuffed with you wonderful followers, with a few of the finest teammates, with my household, with all my pals and never run out like I did for 20 years.

“That is an unbelievable celebration for me, for our household, for my teammates, for all of us to come back again and thanks guys, for what you’ve achieved for us. I used to be so lucky to be drafted right here twenty years in the past, 23 years to be actual — not even understanding the place New England was on the map. And never that we put it on the map, however I feel much more individuals within the U.S. know the place the New England Patriots play

Thanks, RKK (Robert Kraft), JK (Jonathan Kraft), the Kraft household, Coach Belichick all of the workers, the coaches, my teammates, you followers. No one, 23 years in the past, would think about that this journey would deliver us right here at the moment. We had six championships, quite a lot of numerous recollections on this stadium — celebrating wins in opposition to nice groups in Foxborough climate like at the moment, the place we love, love seeing the opponents are available in and be a little bit frightened about what the situations had been gonna be like.

We handled no matter got here our means. We handled quite a lot of adversities and it toughed us up. And we, as a crew, represented you guys each time we took the sphere. It’s one among my core beliefs — there’s nothing vital in life that may be achieved as a person. It’s all the time concerning the crew.

We [had] a tradition of teammates and cared about two issues. They cared about one another they usually cared about profitable. And when you didn’t care about these two issues, you didn’t final right here very lengthy. And we had been very comfortable to play in opposition to you. So I feel we proved to America what teamwork’s all about. We show that believing in one another, believing in taking part in for this neighborhood, and believing in taking part in for a standard mission, we had been capable of pull down six of these banners and have fun them on this stadium.

“All our lives take us on totally different journeys. They take us to totally different locations. They convey totally different individuals into our lives. However one factor I’m certain of and that can by no means change, is that I’m a Patriot for all times.

“Thanks guys for an unbelievable day. Thanks to my teammates, a few of whom I see proper right here, my household, my pals, my second household, and all of you guys for making it one other day on this stadium that I’ll always remember. I really like you guys a lot. I’ll see you subsequent summer season. Thanks.”