It really is the end of an era. Tom Brady has left the New England Patriots after an incredible twenty seasons, nine Super Bowl appearances, six Super Bowl titles, twenty-one consecutive wins, and one of the biggest fan bases that football has ever seen. Fans are heartbroken, enemies are rubbing their hands together, and many are wondering what the next stage of his career at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has in store for him. Before we find out, we need to look back at Tom Brady’s relationship with the team he called his home for nineteen years.
A Football Icon
At 42 years old, Tom Brady is not only one of the oldest football players in the NFL, but he’s also one of the most iconic. His football career began when he was just a youngster on his school’s junior varsity team, and, of course, he served as the starting quarterback. He eventually played college football with the University of Michigan – and it should come as no surprise to learn that he broke records, and he helped the team to achieve greatness.
Life at the Patriots
Straight out of college, Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots, and he quickly became one of their star players. The next 19 years allowed the team to make their mark within the NFL, and it wasn’t long before fans adored him and wore his jersey to their games. However, as he got older and other teams and players began to surpass him, it’s believed that tensions began to rise between Brady and his coach, Bill Belichick. It’s been noted that Brady didn’t want to leave the Patriots, but that he was given a number to stay on with the team, and the superstar football player didn’t like it. So, in his eyes, he had no option but to leave.
This news has come as a huge blow to Patriots fans.