Robert Kraft is really going to miss Tom Brady.
Two days after the six-time Super Bowl champion officially joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 years with the New England Patriots, Kraft took out a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times to thank Brady as the 42-year-old moves on.
“For 20 amazing years, you gave us everything you had,” the ad began, under a big “THANK YOU TOM” banner at the top. “When you arrived as a sixth-round pick — and the best selection this franchise has ever made — no one imagined all you’d accomplish or how much you’d soon mean to an entire region. You now leave New England after two decades of dominance as the GOAT and forever a part of our family.
“Your passion for the game, competitiveness and constant pursuit of excellence resulted in an unprecedented six Super Bowl victories, nine conference championships and 17 division titles. You’re now recognized as the greatest of all time for what you’ve accomplished on the field, but you’re an even better person. Thank you, Tom, for your countless contributions to the New England Patriots, and we wish you and your beautiful family continued success. There will never be another Tom Brady.
“To the Buccaneers fans and Tampa Bay community — take care of him. You got a great one.
“With much love and appreciation, The Kraft Family and the New England Patriots.”
Brady joined the Buccaneers on a two-year, $50 million contract, with an additional $9 million available in incentives.
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