Tom Brady returned to Gilette Stadium for the New England Patriots opening game. During the game, Brady’s No. 12 jersey was retired, and he thanked the fans who cheered for him through two decades of his career.

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Brady wore the Patriots blue jersey he made iconic. “I’m not quite in game shape, but it’s impossible for me to be in a stadium full of you amazing fans with some of the best teammates, with my family, with all my friends and not run out like I did for 20 years,” Brady said.

“When Tom Brady announced his retirement after 23 NFL seasons, there was only one place I wanted him to be on opening day – right here at Gillette Stadium, with 65,000 of his closest friends,” said Kraft .. “Patriots fans didn’t get an opportunity to appropriately thank Tom when he left. I wanted to give them that opportunity. Unfortunately, a halftime ceremony just doesn’t provide enough time to honor Tommy the way he deserves.”


You can see clips from the moment below.