FOXBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Reaction is pouring in from around the National Football League after Patriots legend Tom Brady officially announced his retirement Tuesday morning.
Patriots CEO Robert Kraft reacted to the news in an emotional statement, saying "Words cannot describe the feelings I have for Tom Brady, nor adequately express the gratitude my family, the New England Patriots and our fans have for Tom for all he did during his career."
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He said a generation of football fans have grown up "only knowing only an NFL in which Tom Brady dominated." Kraft finished by saying he has the "greatest respect" for Brady and considers him part of his immediate family.
The quarterback raised some eyebrows in his retirement statement, which went on at length about his two seasons with the Buccaneers but didn't mention his two decades in New England, Kraft, or Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Instead, Brady made a separate post to his story on Instagram, where he reposted Kraft's statement. "Thank you @patriots and Patriot Nation. Beyond grateful and love you all," Brady said.
Others who reacted included the NFL Hall of Fame, which said Brady would be eligible for the Hall in 2027. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thanked Brady for his contribution to the sport, saying he will be "remembered as one of the best to ever play" in the league.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.