Robert Kraft, Pats thank Tom Brady with billboard near Gillette Stadium
The dynastic era of the New England Patriots with Tom Brady at the helm is at an end, but the organization is making sure the six-time Super Bowl champion is leaving town on a wave of gratitude over his immeasurable contributions.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family are behind a digital billboard located near Gillette Stadium on which Brady is thanked and hailed as the G.O.A.T.
On a billboard about 1 mile north of Gillette Stadium this morning. pic.twitter.com/yWQZz4Iurf— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 19, 2020
“Thank you Tom. The greatest of all time! With love, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots,” the billboard reads.
Kraft and Brady forged a remarkably strong bond over their two-decade partnership. In fact, when Brady announced earlier this week that his “football journey will take place elsewhere,” Kraft noted that he loved the quarterback “like a son” in a statement.
Despite Kraft’s stated sentiments, there have been conflicting narratives regarding what factor perhaps played the largest role in Brady’s decision to leave the Patriots and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
Kraft has stated Brady’s departure had nothing to do with money and that the organization would have somehow made it work if the quarterback wanted to be back with the team for the 2020 season and beyond.
That notion is arguably a matter of some skepticism given the Patriots’ reported actions behind the scenes in recent weeks, however.
Whatever the cause or causes, the Patriots are making sure Brady receives an appropriate and deserved sendoff as he heads to Tampa, although it merits noting that a segment of dejected Pats fans won’t be so quick to forgive Kraft for letting the G.O.A.T. go.