Owner of the New England Patriots Robert Croft He wants to tell CNN on Thursday Tom Brady One day to sign the contract and officially retire as a patriot.
“Not only do I want it, but our fans are clamoring for it,” Kraft said. “For us, he has always been a patriot.
“We’ll do everything we can to bring him back, sign him as a Patriot, and find ways to honor him for years to come.”
Brady announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Of his record seven Super Bowl wins, six came with New England. Another followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kraft shared the story of Brady – the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. 199 — when the young quarterback introduced himself at the end of training camp.
The Patriots owner — who now tells CNN Brady should have been a better pick that year instead of going in the sixth round — told the future seven-time Super Bowl winner, “I was the best decision your owner ever made.”
“He’s No. 4 on our depth chart,” Kraft said. “He came down and he really believed what he said – he was right.”
The legendary quarterback He announced his retirement After 23 seasons with Video Message, the 45-year-old confirmed he is “retiring for good.”
He originally retired in February 2022, but that decision was temporary as he returned for one more season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady told his father, Tom Brady Sr., about a week ago that he was retiring, the elder Brady said in a phone interview with the Boston Globe on Wednesday.
“We’re not shocked by any means,” Brady’s dad told the Globe. “He’s been playing football for 32 of his 45 years, three-quarters of his life has been living his dream. It’s been an amazing ride. He’s very secure in his decision. It’s about time.
“It’s been a tough year,” Brady Sr. added in a Globe interview.
“He’s going out on his own terms and he’s in good health. He’s had a lot of success over the years — a lot of sacks, a lot of knockdowns. I’m glad he’s not going to get knocked down again.
During his long career, three-time league MVP Brady has broken nearly every record, including regular season passing yards (89,214) and passing touchdowns (649). He has the most touchdowns (251) of any player in NFL history.