Right here’s what Tom Brady stated to Gillette Stadium crowd throughout his halftime ceremony


“I’m a Patriot for all times.”

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is honored at half time. The New England Patriots hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL season opening game on Sept. 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Tom Brady addressed the Gillette Stadium crowd on Sunday night. Matthew J Lee / The Boston Globe

FOXBOROUGH — For the primary time since hanging up his cleats, Tom Brady returned to a wet Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to participate in a particular halftime ceremony.

Already energized by the Patriots’ second-quarter response from a 16-point deficit, a raucous Gillette Stadium crowd showered Brady with cheers.

The legendary quarterback addressed the group through the ceremony, which additionally featured Robert Kraft and loads of former Patriots in attendance.

Kraft introduced earlier than Brady’s speech that Brady might be inducted into the Patriots Corridor of Fame at Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2024.

Here’s a transcript of Brady’s full speech delivered to the group at Gillette Stadium:

Thanks. Thanks guys. What a day. You understand, that run out was a little bit longer at this time than it was. I’m not fairly in sport form. But it surely’s inconceivable for me to be on this stadium filled with you wonderful followers, with a number of the finest teammates, with my household, with all my mates and never run out like I did for 20 years.

“That is an unbelievable celebration for me, for our household, for my teammates, for all of us to return again and thanks guys, for what you’ve accomplished for us. I used to be so lucky to be drafted right here 20 years in the past, 23 years to be actual — not even understanding the place New England was on the map. And never that we put it on the map, however I feel much more individuals within the U.S. know the place the New England Patriots play

Thanks, RKK (Robert Kraft), JK (Jonathan Kraft), the Kraft household, Coach Belichick all of the employees, the coaches, my teammates, you followers. No person, 23 years in the past, would think about that this journey would deliver us right here at this time. We had six championships, a variety of numerous reminiscences on this stadium — celebrating wins towards nice groups in Foxborough climate like at this time, the place we love, love seeing the opponents are available and be a little bit apprehensive about what the circumstances have been gonna be like.

We handled no matter got here our method. We handled a variety of adversities and it toughed us up. And we, as a crew, represented you guys each time we took the sector. It’s one in all my core beliefs — there’s nothing vital in life that may be achieved as a person. It’s at all times concerning the crew.

We [had] a tradition of teammates and cared about two issues. They cared about one another they usually cared about successful. And should you didn’t care about these two issues, you didn’t final right here very lengthy. And we have been very glad to play towards you. So I feel we proved to America what teamwork’s all about. We show that believing in one another, believing in enjoying for this neighborhood, and believing in enjoying for a standard mission, we have been capable of pull down six of these banners and have fun them on this stadium.

“All our lives take us on totally different journeys. They take us to totally different locations. They convey totally different individuals into our lives. However one factor I’m positive of and that can by no means change, is that I’m a Patriot for all times.

“Thanks guys for an unbelievable day. Thanks to my teammates, a few of whom I see proper right here, my household, my mates, my second household, and all of you guys for making it one other day on this stadium that I’ll always remember. I like you guys a lot. I’ll see you subsequent summer season. Thanks.”