The New England Patriots were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs last Saturday, and it took him a while but Tom Brady has finally come out and left somewhat of a mysterious post on Instagram. Regardless of what his future holds as a quarterback, the 42-year-old is receiving plenty of support from some well-known names around the world.
The Patriots are one of the longest-lasting dynasties in American Sports. In the past two decades, New England won six Super Bowls. Brady was there for each of those major victories, and many argue that he is the greatest Quarterback to ever play the game.
Considering the fact that he has played in nine Superbowls and won six of them, the arguments are hard to counter.
This is uncharted territory for Brady and the Patriots franchise. Not only have the Patriots played in the last three Superbowls, but New England has not missed a second round of the NFL playoffs since the 2009/10 season.
While Brady expressed disappointment in his early exit from the playoffs, he can rest assured that he has gained the respect of some pretty impressive people throughout his career. The comments section of his latest Instagram post is testament to just that.
While Brady's caption is lengthy, the main points the Patriots quarterback gets across are that he is sorry about last weekend's loss, he is thankful for the New England fans and his teammates and oh yeah, he "still has more to prove."
I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.
A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on
For those thinking Brady was kidding about playing until 45, think again. Here's what some Florida legends had to say on the matter:
The one and only, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson left some words of encouragement and appreciation in the comments section.
The former University of Miami Hurricane knows a thing or two about football and is clearly a fan of Brady's. "Powerful mana in your words, brother," said The Rock.
Another Florida Sports Icon was seen supporting one of the NFL's greatest to ever do it.
There's Inter Miami owner and soccer legend David Beckham showing some support as well. Although, we're not sure if 'Becks' was trying to type in the emoji he wanted to use at the end of his comment or not. "Yes sir @tombrady football (football emoji)."
While it does look like Brady will be playing for at least one more year, Dolphins fans will surely be hoping it will not be with the Patriots.
While the 'Phins were able to steal a win away from New England in Gillette Stadium this season, Miami fans could do with a little less of competing directly against one of the greatest American athletes ever.