At a moment in history when a virus looks to disassemble our society, now we must endure a terrible moment in our life and times as New England sports fans, with news that Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots.
Brady leaving us, leaving the Patriots, leaving our Sunday football matinees as New England Patriot fans is all about an extraordinary moment in our sports lives.
It is a solemn moment. It is a moment with terrorizing qualities.
Above all, it marks a dramatic circumstance at a time when everything about the New England Patriots is about to change.
It is incomprehensible for many of us who have spent the past two decades watching Brady and the patriots go to the Super Bowl nine times and win six times, to now realize the party is over.
The king is leaving.
Just like that, our sports world has been turned upside down. Brady’s departure proves the value of the ages old axiom that you are only as a good as your last year, or your last effort and that everything that came before was wonderful and even historic but that it doesn’t matter in professional sports when you are 42 going on 43.
We all know this: Brady was a guy we all loved.
He was always classy, humble, determined, well spoken and loyal. Above all, he was a great competitor, probably the best to ever play at quarterback in the history of the National Football League.
He was the GOAT, the greatest of all time.
His announcement Tuesday morning that he will not be coming back caught many of us off-guard.
Where do we go from here?
I’d say that’s a pretty big question mark.
Nothing lasts forever and nothing will be the same without Brady wearing number 12.
When you think about this, it is hard to imagine. If only it wasn’t true.