New England Patriots owner Robert Craft He told CNN on Thursday that he wants Tom Brady To sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a Patriot.
“Not only do I want it, but our fans demand it,” Kraft said. “For us, he has always been and always will be a patriot.
“We will do everything we can to bring him back, get him to sign as a Patriot and find ways to honor him for many years to come.”
Brady announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Of his record are seven Super Bowl wins, six with New England. Another followed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kraft shared the story of Brady—selected 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft—when the young quarterback introduced himself near the end of training camp.
The Patriots owner — who has now told CNN that Brady should have been the top pick that year instead of going in the sixth round — told the future seven-time Super Bowl winner, “I’m the best decision your franchise has ever made.”
“It was No. 4 on our depth chart,” Kraft said. “He went down, and really believed what he said — and he was right.”
Legendary quarterback announced his retirement After 23 seasons with a video message, the 45-year-old confirmed that he would “retire permanently.”
He retired for the first time in February 2022, but the decision proved temporary as he returned for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady told his father, Tom Brady Sr., about a week ago that he was retiring, according to the elder Brady in a phone interview with The Boston Globe on Wednesday.
“We weren’t shocked in any way,” Brady’s father told the Globe. “He’s played football for 32 of his 45 years, and he’s lived his dream for three-quarters of his life. It’s been an amazing journey. He’s very secure in his decision. It’s about time.”
“This has been a tough year,” Brady Sr. added in an interview with The Globe. “I am really happy for Tommy from the point of view that he will be able to spend more time with his kids.
“He’s out on his own terms, and he’s healthy. He’s taken a lot of hits over the years — a lot of sacks, a lot of knockdowns. I’m just glad he won’t go down again.”
During his long career, three-time league MVP Brady broke nearly every passing record, including regular season passing yards (89,214) and passing touchdowns (649). He also has the most wins by any player in NFL history (251).