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Tom Brady Inducted Into Patriots Hall Of Fame At Star-Studded Event


Tom Brady gave the New England Patriots endless memories and six Super Bowl trophies during his two-decade tenure with the team.

To honor him, the Patriots organized an unprecedented celebration for his induction into the franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Dozens of Brady’s former teammates and coaches, spanning multiple eras of Patriots history, joined thousands of fans and celebrities, including Jay-Z and Bon Jovi, to honor Brady as the 35th inductee into the team’s hall.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced that a 12-foot bronze statue of Brady was being commissioned and would be placed outside the Patriots Hall of Fame later this year.

In a night that felt like a Patriots family reunion, the highlight was Brady’s reunion with former Patriots coach Bill Belichick, which included an extended ovation for Belichick, who parted ways with the team after the 2023 season.

Brady addressed the ongoing debate about whether he or Belichick was more responsible for the Patriots’ success during their time together.

The evening started with a red carpet featuring many of Brady’s teammates from his 20 seasons with the Patriots, including Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Randy Moss, Vince Wilfork, Drew Bledsoe, and Rob Gronkowski. Brady’s parents, Tom Sr. and Galynn Brady, were also present.

The official ceremony at Gillette Stadium began with a smoke-filled performance by rapper Jay-Z, who performed his 2003 song “Public Service Announcement,” which Brady used as entrance music when he warmed up before games.

Brady emerged from near the stage at the end of Jay-Z’s performance, walking through the section reserved for special guests before taking a seat on stage himself.

He watched video tributes from competitors over the years, including Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, and Jason Taylor. There were also appearances by former New York Giants Michael Strahan and Eli Manning, who were booed by fans still bitter about the Giants’ Super Bowl victories over the Patriots in 2007 and 2011.

Other video tributes came from some of Boston’s most celebrated celebrities, such as Red Sox great David Ortiz and actor Matt Damon.

Brady, the No. 199 pick in the 2000 draft, took over as starting quarterback in his second season in New England after Drew Bledsoe was injured, leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship that year. He went on to win five more titles over the next two decades.

Reunited with Brady, Bledsoe joked that Brady didn’t follow the No. 1 rule as his backup.

There were emotional moments, such as when Brady’s top playmakers—Moss, Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Wes Welker—joined him on stage.

Moss was moved to tears by a two-minute ovation. He recalled how, upon arriving in New England in 2007, he knew he had to be close to Brady.

There were also surprise guests like Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, who joined Brady and host Mike Tirico for a discussion about their on-field clashes over the years.

Manning revealed how he never counted the Patriots out when facing Brady, especially when Brady had the ball late in games.

Brady praised Manning, calling him one of his best friends and noting how he had followed Manning’s career since high school.

Manning offered some of his trademark humor, drawing cheers from the New England crowd when he joked, “They like me here because I always lost here.”

In front of a crowd filled with his No. 12 jersey, Brady expressed how his family and the Patriots will always be intertwined.

At one point, Brady listed the towns he had lived in around New England during his time with the Patriots, from Franklin to Quincy to Chestnut Hill to Brookline.

Brady concluded his speech with tears in his eyes.

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