Brady met with reporters after the game and after several questions, the legendary quarterback offered a closing statement that sounded a lot like a goodbye to the organization he’s called home for the last three seasons.
“I just want to say thank you guys for everything this year,” said Brady. “I really appreciate all of your effort and I know it’s hard for you guys, too. It’s hard for us players to make it through and you guys have a tough job.”
“I appreciate all you guys do to cover us and everyone who watches and [is] a big fan of the sport, we’re very grateful for everyone’s support,” added Brady. “Hopefully…I love this organization, it’s a great place to be. Thank you everybody for welcoming me – all you regulars – and just very grateful for the respect and hope I gave the same thing back to guys, so thank you very much. Appreciate it.”
Thoughtful but unusual way for Tom Brady to end his final postgame news conference Monday night. pic.twitter.com/OafGAokfIb— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 17, 2023
That’s a much different tone from Brady than what we heard last season after the Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs via a divisional round loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Brady closed his press conference last season by talking about the loss to the Rams and what went wrong for the Buccaneers. There was no thanking reporters or reflecting on his time with the organization. Brady simply left the podium like he normally does — with a “thank you guys” and that was it.
No one knows what comes next for Brady. He essentially dodged questions about his future and insisted the focus this week was on beating the Cowboys and not his next move.
Brady will be an unrestricted free agent in March. I doubt this is how he wants to go out, but I’m not sure how much a soon-to-be 46-year-old quarterback can offer an NFL team at this point.
One thing, however, is certain — it’s going to be a wild offseason full of Tom Brady speculation.
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