Tom Brady penned a handwritten letter to his fans on Wednesday, following the New England Patriots’ 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship Game. Brady shared his letter, written on his very own letterhead, on Facebook, and it has now been shared nearly 50,000 times by Facebook users and “liked” nearly 250,000 times.
In the letter, Brady thanks his fans for supporting him and his teammates throughout the season. He said he is proud to call New England his home, and said it is a privilege to be able to play for their team.
Read Tom’s full letter below:
“Thank you to all of our fans for the incredible support you gave us this season. I’m proud to call New England my home and to have the privilege of playing for your team.
Our team fought hard all year, right down to the final play. I’m proud of the effort we all put in to prepare each game as if it were our last. We never quit nor lost sight of what we were playing for. It’s rare to have the honor of being on a team like that.
It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to get as far as we did. Our goal every season is to win the last game, but as I’ve learned, the road to the next one is paved by seasons like this one.
Yours truly, Tom”
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson also took to social media following Sunday’s game, but rather than thanking the fans, he thanked Brady for his words of encouragement.
“I know a lot of people hate this man but man when he was pick 199 and was over look he inspired me I was undrafted and over came all the odds so bless what he told me at the end of this game,” Anderson wrote in an Instagram post. “He said ‘CJ way to fight and prove everybody wrong you belong in this league and your one hell of a player I love the way you run keep climbing to be great’ those words meant so much growing up watching Tom overcame I’m proud to say I’m 3-2 vs his teams and proud to say I get to battle him every year. Thanks Tom for telling me those words they will stick and I know a lot of people don’t like you but I have MAD RESPECT. Thanks I see you overcome as others in this league and now it’s my turn.”
Tom Brady was drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots as the 33rd pick of the sixth round. During Sunday’s game, Brady completed 27 of 56 passes for 310 yards. Despite his two interceptions, Tom Brady still managed to throw one touchdown pass in the final game of the season against the Denver Broncos.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors recently announced the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team” members. Despite winning four Super Bowls, Tom Brady’s and Bill Belichick’s names were noticeably absent from the list.
— Patriots News (@BDCPatriots) January 29, 2016
“The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is an amazing list of incredible individuals,” Joe Horrigan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame executive vice president, said in a statement, according to CBS Sports. “Each name conjures up memories of some of the sport’s greatest games showcased on its biggest platform, the Super Bowl stage. Unforgettable individual performances like Lynn Swann’s acrobatic catches in Super Bowl X or Joe Montana’s come-from-behind game winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII are forever etched in the collective memories of football fans and celebrated as some of the most inspiring moments in the history of the National Football League.”
Check out the players that made it on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team below:
QB Joe Montana
RB Franco Harris
RB Emmitt Smith
WR Jerry Rice
WR Lynn Swann
TE Jay Novacek
OT Art Shell
OT Forrest Gregg
OG Gene Upshaw
OG Larry Allen
C Mike Webster
DE Reggie White
DE Charles Haley
DL Joe Greene
DL Randy White
OLB Lawrence Taylor
OLB Jack Ham
ILB Jack Lambert
ILB Ray Lewis
CB Mel Blount
CB Deion Sanders
S Ronnie Lott
S Jake Scott
K Adam Vinatieri
PR/KR Desmond Howard
P Ray Guy
The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2016, 3:30 p.m., at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
[Photo by Chris Carlson/ Associated Press]