FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with owner Robert Kraft after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

“I have the greatest respect for Tom personally and always will… I will always feel a close bond to him and will always consider him an extension of my immediate family.” Read more of Robert Kraft’s heartfelt words about Tom Brady.

The Patriots released this statement from Robert Kraft on the retirement of Tom Brady:

“Words cannot describe the feelings I have for Tom Brady, nor adequately express the gratitude my family, the New England Patriots and our fans have for Tom for all he did during his career.

A generation of football fans have grown up knowing only an NFL in which Tom Brady dominated. He retires with nearly every NFL career passing record, yet the only one that ever mattered to him was the team’s win-loss record.

In his 20 years as a starter his teams qualified for the playoffs 19 times.  He led his teams to 10 Super Bowls, winning an NFL-record seven championships. In a team sport like football, it is rare to see an individual have such a dominant impact on a team’s success.

You didn’t have to be a Patriots fan to respect and appreciate his competitiveness, determination and will to win that fueled his success. As a fan of football, it was a privilege to watch. As a Patriots fan, it was a dream come true.

I have the greatest respect for Tom personally and always will. His humility, coupled with his drive and ambition, truly made him special. I will always feel a close bond to him and will always consider him an extension of my immediate family.”

 

The Patriots posted this image on social media with the caption: “It was quite the ride. Thank you and congratulations, Tom Brady.”

You can click “read the full conversation on Twitter” to read Tom Brady’s full statement regarding his retirement in his tweet below (SPOILER ALERT… he made NO mention of the Patriots).

That’s okay I’m still going to say, “Thank you Tom Brady!  You are truly the G.O.A.T.!”