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Tom Brady Makes It Clear He Is Not Retiring, Saying He Still Has 'More To Prove'

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By Clark Sparky

Tom Brady's season didn't end like he'd hoped after the New England Patriots were shocked in their Wild Card game at home against the Tennessee Titans.

Because Brady is 42 years-old and is set to become a free agent in March, there has been tons of speculation about his future. On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to make it clear that he will not be retiring.

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"I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades," he began his message.

"Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way."

"Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about," Brady continued.

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"In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove," he concluded the post.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson, who seemed to announce his retirement this week on Instagram, left a touching message on Brady's post.

"No bro. We all need to be thanking you! Your leadership is an inspiration, your example exemplary, and your fire is contagious," Watson wrote.

"Generations of players have been blessed to take the field and share the locker room with you. You made everyone better and made us appreciate this game all the more. You taught us the importance of TEAM and that winning is not by chance. It’s by choice, in every drill when the lights and cameras are no where to be seen. And even though your stardom is unmatched you still take time hug our kids, wives and parents, sign all the stuff people send you and have normal conversations lol. Kindness lasts forever. Play as long as you desire to. This decade needs some TB records as well. Fan for life."

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