In a social media post released on Tuesday, Tom Brady confirmed that he is leaving the New England Patriots.
The 42-year-old said that his "football journey will take place elsewhere", indicating that he does intend to continue playing.
"To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization," reads his statement.
"I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values.
"I am grateful for all that you have taught me - I have learned from everyone. You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can ever hope for.
"Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn't be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you.
"I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherished every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for that.
"Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that.
"Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.
"I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and everyone of you, and to have the memories we've created together."
The quarterback has been a Patriots player since being drafted in 2000. He won six Super Bowls in those 20 years.
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