New England owner desperate for Tom Brady to retire as a Patriot

“Not only do I want it, our fans are clamouring for it,” Kraft said. “To us, he is always has been and always will be a Patriot.

“We will do everything in our power to bring him back, have him sign off as a Patriot and find ways to honour him for many years to come.”

Brady’s journey from unfancied 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft to the sport’s greatest quarterback has been well-documented and Kraft remembers being approached by the then-22-year-old during training camp that year, who told him “I’m the best decision your franchise has ever made.”

“He was No 4 on our depth chart,” Kraft remembered. “He came down, and he really believed what he said – and he was right.”

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