Like!!!!I have a few thoughts about this and I feel the need to put them down here, both to contribute to the discussion and for posterity’s sake.
Tom, I know you will never read this but I still need to say it. Thank you. Thank you for providing me with some of the happiest moments of my life. I , along with every other Patriots fan, consider it the ultimate privilege to have been able to root for you and watch all that you’ve accomplished during your incredible career with the Patriots. Those memories are something that I will cherish for as long as I live. I wish you the absolute best of luck with whatever you choose to do next.
As far my feelings towards his departure go? I’m actually okay with it. I wanted Tom to come back to make a few more runs at it, but I’m also excited for what the future holds. Starting new with a fresh face at quarterback is fun to consider. I also think it’ll be really cool to see what Tom does in another uniform and I’m excited to watch him play wherever he decides to sign. I feel this way because we’ve already been so spoiled over these last two decades that I feel as though his legacy in New England, while I would’ve loved to see him add to it, is complete. A winning record every year, winning the division every year he was the starter except for one, 3 MVPs, 9 trips to the Super Bowl, and 6 rings. I don’t think there’s anything left undone so I’m ready for this new era of football without having to consider any what ifs or yeah buts. I hope Tom lights it up while Bill and the crew get to work on Dynasty: Part II.