Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with team owner Robert Kraft after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants Tom Brady to re-sign with the team for one day so that he can officially end his legendary career with the franchise that drafted him 23 years ago.
“We will do everything in our power to bring him back, have him sign off as a Patriot,” Kraft said in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
Brady, widely considered the greatest quarterback in National Football League history, announced his retirement Wednesday after 23 seasons. He had previously said he would retire last year, but went on to play one more season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This time, Brady said in a video posted to Twitter that his retirement would be “for good.” The seven-time Super Bowl champion is going out after the first losing season in his record-breaking career.
“Not only do I want it, our fans are clamoring for it,” Kraft said. “To us, he is always has been and always will be a Patriot.
A representative for Brady didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The 45-year-old Brady started his NFL career in 2000 as a sixth-round draft pick with the Patriots. He ended up leading them to six Super Bowl titles while playing for them until 2019. He left for the Buccaneers in 2020 and won a seventh title.