Particulars are scant on Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough. Right here’s what we all know.


Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft mentioned Thursday solely that Brady will probably be honored at halftime and may very well be on the sector earlier than the sport.

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Tom Brady’s final public look at Gillette Stadium was in October 2021, when the Buccaneers beat Mac Jones and the Patriots.

The Patriots are scheduled to honor legendary quarterback Tom Brady throughout Sunday’s season-opening recreation in opposition to the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.

Particulars are slim on what the celebration may entail, however right here’s what we all know.

How will the Patriots honor Tom Brady?

Will No. 12 be retired? Will a statue go up in Brady’s honor at Patriot Place? We will see.

Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft mentioned Thursday solely that Brady will probably be honored at halftime and may very well be on the sector earlier than the sport.

“He’s actually excited and I’m excited, as a result of our followers by no means actually acquired an opportunity to say goodbye in a correct means. And we’re going to do one thing particular and distinctive with him,” Kraft mentioned Thursday.

Kraft additionally mentioned Brady has “20 members of his household” coming, together with his mother and father and sisters.

“We’re honored to be internet hosting all of them,” Kraft mentioned.

Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., advised the Globe lately that there was no want for any reconciliation between the Patriots and Brady after Brady’s sticky departure in 2020.

“Tommy has a deep appreciation and affection for Robert Kraft,” Brady Sr. advised Christopher L. Gasper. “That is very good that Mr. Kraft needs to acknowledge Tommy’s accomplishments with the Patriots.”

How one can watch Tom Brady’s return to New England

The one place the place the ceremony will probably be obtainable stay and in its entirety is a stay stream on

Ch. 4, which has the tv broadcast of the 4:25 p.m. recreation, had been hoping to indicate the Brady tribute in full and had put in a request with CBS in New York to take action, nevertheless it couldn’t be organized. CBS is predicted to indicate highlights of the occasion throughout its nationwide halftime present.

The league doesn’t allow community associates to stream stay, both, so Ch. 4 additionally can not present it because it occurs on its web site, and it’s restricted by NFL tips to exhibiting not more than 90 seconds of the ceremony on “Patriots fifth Quarter” on sister channel TV38 following the sport.

What has Tom Brady mentioned about returning?

Talking on his “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Grey, Brady mirrored on what this journey again to Gillette Stadium means after enjoying 20 seasons in New England.

“Mr. [Robert] Kraft has been very welcoming to me, so I’m going to have numerous nice mates there,” Brady mentioned. “I’ve had so many individuals textual content me and say that they’re excited to see me come again. So it’ll be actually a particular reunion and I’m excited to get there.

“I haven’t been again a lot, simply by the best way issues work out. Your life sort of takes you in several instructions.”

And what feelings will he be feeling?

“Loads of gratitude,” Brady mentioned. “I had 20 years of unbelievable, life-changing, altering experiences. I’ve so many recollections from my time there. Reminiscences with individuals there.

“I’m creating a brand new reminiscence with individuals there. To return to that stadium and convey my children and my household another way. I’ve not been to that stadium on this means ever. I went there as a participant. I went there as soon as as a competitor. And now I’m going to go there actually as a fan after which I’m going to be there sooner or later as a broadcaster.

“I feel there’s numerous cool issues taking place. Once more, I feel a part of life is rising in several methods, increasing in several methods, attempting new issues and getting exterior of your consolation zone. It’s OK. Even the expectations I’ve for myself.

“I’m going to work actually exhausting on this a part of my profession, figuring out that the primary time you strive one thing you’re not superb at it. The primary time I threw a soccer, I used to be not superb at it. The primary time that I attempted a math equation, I wasn’t superb at it.

“In several methods, the primary time you strive something, it’s not going to be the simplest means, and also you’re going to must maintain working at it.

“I don’t assume it’s going to be exhausting to be a fan, although. I like the game, and I like the Patriots. So going up there to see numerous my family and friends goes to be an awesome expertise.”

What has Invoice Belichick mentioned about Brady’s return?

Coach Invoice Belichick supplied loads of reward for Brady this week.

“It’ll be nice to see Tom,” Belichick mentioned Monday. “Tom’s meant a lot to this staff, group, me personally. It was an amazing expertise to have the ability to coach him and for us to share the issues we shared collectively.

“Actually recognizing him for all his nice achievements right here is greater than applicable. Sit up for seeing him and glad that he’s getting numerous recognition and appreciation for that as a result of he actually deserves it.”

When was Tom Brady final (publicly) at Gillette Stadium?

Brady has returned as soon as to Foxborough since leaving the Patriots in free company in March 2020, enjoying a recreation in opposition to them as a member of the Buccaneers on Oct. 3, 2021.

The Patriots misplaced, 19-17. Since then, Brady has retired — twice.