After months of rumors and speculations, Tom Brady announced on Tuesday morning that his time with the New England Patriots had come to an end: the greatest quarterback of all time was headed for free agency, and had decided it was time to move on after 20 years and six Super Bowl wins with the organization. Brady leaving New England is a monumental moment in NFL history, and the end of the most impressive era the league has ever seen.
With Brady at the helm, the Patriots dominated the competition unlike any other club had before — especially considering the constant turnover around him caused by the salary cap and free agency. Yet, together with head coach Bill Belichick, he built the greatest dynasty in pro football and lifted the franchise from near-obscurity to the pantheon of great sports organizations. He helped create the Patriot Way and all that it entails.
Brady’s time in New England may be over, but the impressions he left on the region during his two decades of greatness remain. In this story stream, we have therefore compiled all of Pats Pulpit’s coverage on his departure: from the latest news and developments, to analysis and statements by his companions, to memories of a run unlike any we have witnessed before.