Tom Brady posted a lengthy message to his Instagram account on Friday that likely had New England Patriots fans holding their breath the whole way through.
Brady has repeatedly said that he plans to continue playing football until he physically cannot, and the way he opened his emotional message probably had some people thinking that time is now.
“It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life,” Brady began. (SLIDESHOW: The Patriots Trump The Eagles When It Comes To WAGs)
“Learning turns everything into a postitive,” he continued. “And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey.
Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams.”
“Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom,” Brady signed off.
While the five-time Super Bowl champion made no mention of retirement in his message, the thank you note of sorts still probably has some fans concerned. Nowhere in the post did he say he was looking forward to next season or looking forward to competing for another run at another Lombardi Trophy next February.
Brady’s star tight end, Rob Gronkowski, is even considering retirement at just 28 years old. It wouldn’t be hard to believe if Brady, at age 40, might be weighing whether or not he should hang it up too.