Now that he’s officially retired and no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots plan to honor future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady at their 2023 home opener with what’s being called the “Thank You Tom Game.”
While the date and opponent of the game have not been confirmed at the time of this writing — the NFL will make the official schedule announcement at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 — the Patriots have already made their plans to honor Brady public.
12 is coming home.@TomBrady will be honored at our home opener at @GilletteStadium.
Full game info tonight at 8:00 PM on @nflnetwork. pic.twitter.com/ot2iEO7EDa
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 11, 2023
Infamously drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady would go on to play 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Across those two decades, Brady and the Patriots appeared in nine Super Bowls and won six of them, ultimately establishing TB12 as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
During his 20 years in Boston, Brady played in 285 games for the Patriots and passed for 74,571 yards, 541 touchdowns, and 179 interceptions. Following the conclusion of the 2019 season, however, Brady’s contract with the Patriots expired and he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.
A year later, after just one year in Tampa Bay, Brady played in his 10th Super Bowl and beat Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chief to win his seventh Super Bowl, which extended his record for most Super Bowl wins by a player.
Following the 2022 season, Brady announced he was retiring, however, that stretch on the sidelines only lasted 40 days, as he’d ultimately decided to return to the Bucs for the 2023 season. While Brady and the Bucs were able to qualify for the playoffs, the season was ultimately a disappointment as the team never looked like serious Super Bowl contenders and finished the season with an 8-9 record.
Officially retiring following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, Brady will be eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning in 2028.