NFL World Reacts to Tom Brady's Departure From the New England Patriots

Tom Brady has played all 20 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots.

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Shock waves rippled across the NFL on Tuesday morning, after Tom Brady announced that he’s leaving the New England Patriots. Here's how some of the league's most prominent figures, both players and in the media, reacted to the bombshell news. 

Practice against Tom Brady everyday was like playing on the 92’ Dream Team. He brought that much intensity to the practice field. Which ever team he lands I’m sure he will continue his legacy of playing a great brand of football. #TB12

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 17, 2020

@TomBrady good morning! Heard the news. Just making sure you are good? Asking for my friends..

— cordarrelle patterson (@ceeflashpee84) March 17, 2020

For months, Tom Brady has been plotting his departure from New England. But to announce it on St. Patrick’s Day when every bar in Boston is closed? Ice cold.

— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) March 17, 2020

Tom Brady’s last play as a Patriot...was a pick six in a playoff game that sealed the loss. Unreal

— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 17, 2020

My brain can’t compute the Tom Brady news. I am broken inside and refuse to believe this is real.

— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) March 17, 2020

Tom Brady just saved sports media. There goes my hero.

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) March 17, 2020

The Patriots love a underpriced veteran value pickup and there's a big one in free agency at a positon of need: they should strongly look at Tom Brady.

— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) March 17, 2020

Fact: @TomBrady gave more to the @Patriots than any single player has ever given another NFL organization. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) March 17, 2020

Fans also had a hard time processing the news.  

Guys from Massachusetts have long dreaded this day: they have to develop a personality outside of "Tom Brady fan"

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 17, 2020

Tom Brady: i'm leaving the team

Bill Belichick: ok

Tom: i'm serious, Bill

Bill: alright

Tom: *slowly walking out the door* i'm really going right now! this is me leaving...!

Bill: wait

Tom: yes? :)

Bill: u owe me $4 we went to get drinks in 2013 u said u'd quickpay me

— hey man nice tweet (@jazz_inmypants) March 17, 2020

Remember how elated you were when your favorite team caught lightning in a bottle for that one game, or for that playoff run leading up to a big win?

Now imagine having that same feeling last for 2 decades. That's what it was like watching Tom Brady on the Patriots.

— Patriots 7th Ring 🇺🇸 (@Patriots7thRing) March 17, 2020

Hard to believe we won’t see this ever again. @TomBrady’s final runout as a member of the #Patriots

— The Camera Guys (@NBCSCameraGuys) March 17, 2020

Thank you for everything Tom Brady. You have filled my life and Pats fans around the world with happiness, joy and the best football we will ever see. I have been cheering for you since I was 5 and will never stop. It is going to be very strange seeing you in not a Pats uniform

— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) March 17, 2020

Tom Brady trying to explain his decision to Edelman

— Yeti (@AyeYay58) March 17, 2020

Patriots fans, after being told Tom Brady isn’t coming back

— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) March 17, 2020

The news of his departure felt appropriately seismic, as Brady has played all 20 seasons of his career with the Patriots. While the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all shown interest in signing the QB, Brady has yet to announce where he'll be going.

Brady first shared the news of his departure via Instagram, writing, “I couldn't be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. ... You opened your heart to me, and I opened my heart to you. And Pats Nation will always be a part of me.”

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