Tom Brady departs New England Patriots for 'new stage' in football career

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Legendary Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, is apparently leaving New England.In a set of social media posts Tuesday morning, Brady thanked the Patriots organization and New England fans. “I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have caught me,” he wrote.”Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.”In another tweet, addressed to fans, Brady added, “I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career.”However, Brady did not clarify where or how he planned to continue his career. Brady holds numerous National Football League records, with the most notable revolving around his penchant for winning and clutch performances on the biggest stages.The 42-year-old has won six Super Bowl titles, the most for a single player in NFL history, and holds the league records for the most regular-season wins (219) and playoff wins (30) by a quarterback.When combining regular-season and postseason play, he also holds the NFL records for career passing yards (85,959) and career passing touchdowns (614).Brady not only owns the most wins in NFL history but also has the highest winning percentage among quarterbacks with at least 50 career starts since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He has been victorious in 76.9% of his 324 career games in the regular season and postseason.He has played in nine Super Bowls in his career, which is four more than the next quarterback on the all-time list — Hall of Famer John Elway.His most recent Super Bowl appearance on Feb. 3, 2019, ended with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.Brady has won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award four times, which is also an NFL record. He also owns the record for career Super Bowl completions (256), passing yards (2,838) and touchdown passes (18).He also is the NFL’s all-time postseason leader in passing yards (11,388), passing touchdowns (73) and completions (1,025).Brady is considered one of the biggest draft steals of all-time, regardless of sport. The Patriots selected him with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.In college, Brady was a two-year starter and a team captain in his senior season. He led the Wolverines to a 20-5 record, including wins in the 1999 Citrus Bowl and the 2000 Orange Bowl.He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection both seasons and helped the 1998 Michigan Wolverines win a share of the Big Ten conference championship. Brady, however, failed to impress scouts at the 2000 NFL Combine.Brady only played in one game during his rookie season in 2000, completing one of his three pass attempts for 6 yards in a 34-9 loss at the Detroit Lions.His career, and the course of NFL history, changed forever Sept. 23, 2001, when New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the Patriots’ Week 2 game at Foxboro Stadium.At the time, Bledsoe was in his ninth season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. New England selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 draft, and he led the organization to a conference championship and Super Bowl appearance in 1997.Bledsoe, now in the Patriots Hall of Fame, suffered a sheared blood vessel, which filled his abdomen with blood and almost resulted in his death. He was sidelined for nearly two months, which cleared the way for Brady to play.Brady started the final 14 games of the 2001 regular season — despite Bledsoe being cleared to play in Week 10 — leading the team to an 11-3 record, including six straight wins to close the regular season and an AFC East division title.In his first postseason game, Brady led the Patriots to a 16-13 overtime victory over the Oakland Raiders in what is known as “The Snow Bowl” game. It was the final game played at Foxboro Stadium.Brady started the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh the next week but suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was relieved by Bledsoe, who led New England to a 24-17 win over the Steelers.Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided to start Brady over Bledsoe in Super Bowl XXXVI against the vaunted St. Louis Rams, known as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” and the move led to New England’s first Super Bowl title.With just 1:21 remaining in the game, the 24-year-old Brady led the Patriots from their own 17-yard line down to the Rams’ 30-yard line, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s championship-winning, 48-yard field goal as time expired.Brady completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown and won the first of his four Super Bowl MVP trophies.After missing the playoffs in 2002, Brady led the Patriots to another championship the following season.In Super Bowl XXXVIII, he completed 32 of 48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers.With the game tied, Brady had just one minute and eight seconds to work with but was able to set up another title-winning kick from Vinatieri. Brady once again took home Super Bowl MVP honors.The next season, he led the Patriots to their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. New England became the first franchise to accomplish that feat since the Denver Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999.Brady completed 23 of 33 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXIX, a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but Deion Branch took home the game’s MVP award.The Patriots then went 10 years without a championship, which included two crushing Super Bowl defeats against the New York Giants.But in 2015, Brady and the Patriots captured their fourth title with a thrilling 28-24 win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.Brady completed a Super Bowl-record 37 passes on 50 attempts against Seattle’s dominant “Legion of Boom” defense. He overcame two interceptions and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to wide receiver Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining.His outstanding performance was nearly erased by a fantastic final drive by the Seahawks, but rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler came up with an incredible interception at the goal line to seal the victory. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP but gave the new truck that went with it to Butler.Two years later, Brady led the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots trailed 28-3 with 8:31 remaining against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, but New England was able to come back and tie the game with 57 seconds left and went on to win 34-28 in overtime.Brady threw two touchdown passes in the rally and also threw for the game-tying 2-point conversion. He finished the game with 466 yards and two touchdowns on 43-of-62 passing. His completions, attempts and passing yards were all single-game Super Bowl records, which led to his fourth Super Bowl MVP award.After coming up short in their bid for back-to-back titles against the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots returned to the mountaintop with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Brady completed 21 of 35 passes against the Rams for 262 yards but finished the game without a touchdown pass and with one interception. He did make the biggest play of the game by connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski on a 29-yard pass play in the fourth quarter. That gain set up the only touchdown of the contest, a 2-yard scoring run by rookie Sony Michel. Edelman would be named Super Bowl MVP.In the 2018 regular season, Brady reached his personal goal of 1,000 career rushing yards, even though he has never been the most fleet of foot. He is considered one of the best in the game at executing a quarterback sneak, converting countless 3rd-and-short and 4th-and-short situations throughout his career. He has a combined 28 rushing touchdowns in regular-season and postseason play.Brady passed rival Peyton Manning on the all-time regular-season passing yards and passing touchdown lists this season. He only trails Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, in both categories.He also led the Patriots to their 11th straight playoff appearance and 11th straight division title in 2019, both NFL records.Brady has been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times: in 2007, 2010 and 2017.In 2007, he set the NFL single-season record with 50 touchdown passes, a mark that has since been broken. He also led the league with 4,806 passing yards, a 68.9% completion rate and a 117.2 passer rating en route to leading the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 record in the regular season. The team reached an 18-0 mark before the stunning upset against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.In 2010, Brady again led the league in passing touchdowns (36) and passer rating (111.0). New England finished with a 14-2 record and the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, but the Patriots were upset by the Jets in the divisional round.In 2017, he was tops in the NFL with 4,577 passing yards and finished with 32 touchdowns in the regular season while leading the Patriots to a 13-3 record and another No. 1 seed. New England would fall to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.Brady has twice been named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010) and won the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award after missing all but one quarter of the 2008 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.He is a three-time First-Team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017) and two-time Second-Team All-Pro (2005, 2016).Brady has been selected to the Pro Bowl 14 times, which puts him in a tie for the NFL record.He was one of only 10 quarterbacks recently named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Legendary Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, is apparently leaving New England.

In a set of social media posts Tuesday morning, Brady thanked the Patriots organization and New England fans.

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“I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have caught me,” he wrote.

“Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.”

In another tweet, addressed to fans, Brady added, “I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career.”

However, Brady did not clarify where or how he planned to continue his career.

Brady holds numerous National Football League records, with the most notable revolving around his penchant for winning and clutch performances on the biggest stages.

The 42-year-old has won six Super Bowl titles, the most for a single player in NFL history, and holds the league records for the most regular-season wins (219) and playoff wins (30) by a quarterback.

When combining regular-season and postseason play, he also holds the NFL records for career passing yards (85,959) and career passing touchdowns (614).

Brady not only owns the most wins in NFL history but also has the highest winning percentage among quarterbacks with at least 50 career starts since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He has been victorious in 76.9% of his 324 career games in the regular season and postseason.

He has played in nine Super Bowls in his career, which is four more than the next quarterback on the all-time list — Hall of Famer John Elway.

His most recent Super Bowl appearance on Feb. 3, 2019, ended with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.

Brady has won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award four times, which is also an NFL record. He also owns the record for career Super Bowl completions (256), passing yards (2,838) and touchdown passes (18).

He also is the NFL’s all-time postseason leader in passing yards (11,388), passing touchdowns (73) and completions (1,025).

Brady is considered one of the biggest draft steals of all-time, regardless of sport. The Patriots selected him with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.

In college, Brady was a two-year starter and a team captain in his senior season. He led the Wolverines to a 20-5 record, including wins in the 1999 Citrus Bowl and the 2000 Orange Bowl.

He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection both seasons and helped the 1998 Michigan Wolverines win a share of the Big Ten conference championship. Brady, however, failed to impress scouts at the 2000 NFL Combine.

Brady only played in one game during his rookie season in 2000, completing one of his three pass attempts for 6 yards in a 34-9 loss at the Detroit Lions.

His career, and the course of NFL history, changed forever Sept. 23, 2001, when New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the Patriots’ Week 2 game at Foxboro Stadium.

At the time, Bledsoe was in his ninth season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. New England selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 draft, and he led the organization to a conference championship and Super Bowl appearance in 1997.

Bledsoe, now in the Patriots Hall of Fame, suffered a sheared blood vessel, which filled his abdomen with blood and almost resulted in his death. He was sidelined for nearly two months, which cleared the way for Brady to play.

Brady started the final 14 games of the 2001 regular season — despite Bledsoe being cleared to play in Week 10 — leading the team to an 11-3 record, including six straight wins to close the regular season and an AFC East division title.

In his first postseason game, Brady led the Patriots to a 16-13 overtime victory over the Oakland Raiders in what is known as “The Snow Bowl” game. It was the final game played at Foxboro Stadium.

Brady started the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh the next week but suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was relieved by Bledsoe, who led New England to a 24-17 win over the Steelers.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided to start Brady over Bledsoe in Super Bowl XXXVI against the vaunted St. Louis Rams, known as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” and the move led to New England’s first Super Bowl title.

With just 1:21 remaining in the game, the 24-year-old Brady led the Patriots from their own 17-yard line down to the Rams’ 30-yard line, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s championship-winning, 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Brady completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown and won the first of his four Super Bowl MVP trophies.

After missing the playoffs in 2002, Brady led the Patriots to another championship the following season.

In Super Bowl XXXVIII, he completed 32 of 48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

With the game tied, Brady had just one minute and eight seconds to work with but was able to set up another title-winning kick from Vinatieri. Brady once again took home Super Bowl MVP honors.

The next season, he led the Patriots to their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. New England became the first franchise to accomplish that feat since the Denver Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999.

Brady completed 23 of 33 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXIX, a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but Deion Branch took home the game’s MVP award.

The Patriots then went 10 years without a championship, which included two crushing Super Bowl defeats against the New York Giants.

But in 2015, Brady and the Patriots captured their fourth title with a thrilling 28-24 win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Brady completed a Super Bowl-record 37 passes on 50 attempts against Seattle’s dominant “Legion of Boom” defense. He overcame two interceptions and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to wide receiver Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining.

His outstanding performance was nearly erased by a fantastic final drive by the Seahawks, but rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler came up with an incredible interception at the goal line to seal the victory. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP but gave the new truck that went with it to Butler.

Two years later, Brady led the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots trailed 28-3 with 8:31 remaining against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, but New England was able to come back and tie the game with 57 seconds left and went on to win 34-28 in overtime.

Brady threw two touchdown passes in the rally and also threw for the game-tying 2-point conversion. He finished the game with 466 yards and two touchdowns on 43-of-62 passing. His completions, attempts and passing yards were all single-game Super Bowl records, which led to his fourth Super Bowl MVP award.

After coming up short in their bid for back-to-back titles against the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots returned to the mountaintop with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Brady completed 21 of 35 passes against the Rams for 262 yards but finished the game without a touchdown pass and with one interception. He did make the biggest play of the game by connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski on a 29-yard pass play in the fourth quarter. That gain set up the only touchdown of the contest, a 2-yard scoring run by rookie Sony Michel. Edelman would be named Super Bowl MVP.

In the 2018 regular season, Brady reached his personal goal of 1,000 career rushing yards, even though he has never been the most fleet of foot. He is considered one of the best in the game at executing a quarterback sneak, converting countless 3rd-and-short and 4th-and-short situations throughout his career. He has a combined 28 rushing touchdowns in regular-season and postseason play.

Brady passed rival Peyton Manning on the all-time regular-season passing yards and passing touchdown lists this season. He only trails Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, in both categories.

He also led the Patriots to their 11th straight playoff appearance and 11th straight division title in 2019, both NFL records.

Brady has been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times: in 2007, 2010 and 2017.

In 2007, he set the NFL single-season record with 50 touchdown passes, a mark that has since been broken. He also led the league with 4,806 passing yards, a 68.9% completion rate and a 117.2 passer rating en route to leading the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 record in the regular season. The team reached an 18-0 mark before the stunning upset against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

In 2010, Brady again led the league in passing touchdowns (36) and passer rating (111.0). New England finished with a 14-2 record and the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, but the Patriots were upset by the Jets in the divisional round.

In 2017, he was tops in the NFL with 4,577 passing yards and finished with 32 touchdowns in the regular season while leading the Patriots to a 13-3 record and another No. 1 seed. New England would fall to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.

Brady has twice been named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010) and won the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award after missing all but one quarter of the 2008 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

He is a three-time First-Team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017) and two-time Second-Team All-Pro (2005, 2016).

Brady has been selected to the Pro Bowl 14 times, which puts him in a tie for the NFL record.

He was one of only 10 quarterbacks recently named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

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