June 15, 2024


“I had 20 years of unimaginable life-changing, altering experiences.”

Foxborough MA: 01-04-20: Some giant signs are in the backround as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) was the center of attention as he did his usual pre game scream to the fans before he headed back in the other direction to get in some pre game throwing. The New England Patriots hosted the Tennessee Titans in an AFC Wildcard Playoff game at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady will make his return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night. Jim Davis/Globe Workers

Tom Brady, very like the complete New England Patriots fanbase, has Sunday afternoon circled on his calendar.

Not solely will Sunday mark the beginning of the Patriots’ 2023 common season with a Week 1 bout towards the Eagles, it additionally stands as Brady’s long-awaited return to Foxborough.

After asserting his retirement (for a second time) again in February, Brady might be in attendance for Sunday’s recreation and might be honored as a part of a particular halftime ceremony.

Talking on his “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Grey, Brady mirrored on what a visit again to Gillette Stadium means after enjoying for 20 seasons in New England. 

“Mr. [Robert] Kraft has been very welcoming to me. So I’m going to have a number of nice associates there,” Brady informed Grey. “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 kinda takes you in numerous instructions.”

Brady did return as soon as to Foxborough after leaving the Patriots in free company again in March 2020, enjoying one recreation towards New England as a member of the Buccaneers on Oct. 3, 2021.

Regardless that Brady acquired loads of cheers as an opposing participant throughout that Week 4 matchup, Sunday’s ceremony ought to provide some closure for Brady after forging most of his Corridor-of-Fame profession over 20 whole seasons with the Patriots.

“Loads of gratitude,” Brady stated of his feelings going into Sunday’s occasion. “I had 20 years of unimaginable life-changing, altering experiences. I’ve so many recollections from my time there. Recollections with individuals there. I’m creating a brand new reminiscence with individuals there. To return to that stadium and convey my youngsters and my household differently. I’ve not been to that stadium on this manner 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 a number of cool issues occurring. Once more, I feel a part of life is rising in numerous methods, increasing in numerous methods, making an attempt new issues and getting exterior of your consolation zone. It’s okay. Even the expectations I’ve for myself. I’m going to work actually laborious on this a part of my profession. Understanding that, (expletive), the primary time you attempt one thing you’re not excellent at it. The primary time I threw a soccer, I used to be not excellent at it. The primary time that I attempted a math equation, I wasn’t excellent at it. In numerous methods, the primary time you attempt something, it’s not going to be the best manner, and also you’re going to should maintain working at it.

“So, I don’t assume it’s going to be laborious to be a fan although. I like the game, and I like the Patriots. So, going up there to see a number of my family and friends goes to be an ideal expertise.”

Regardless that the Patriots haven’t provided up many particulars concerning Brady’s halftime ceremony, Invoice Belichick provided up loads of reward for his longtime QB on Monday morning.

“It’ll be nice to see Tom,” Belichick stated Monday morning throughout his convention name with reporters. “Tom’s meant a lot to this workforce, group, me personally. It was an amazing 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. Stay up for seeing him and glad that he’s getting a number of recognition and appreciation for that as a result of he definitely deserves it.”