FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Usually a player has to wait four years before he can be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
But not Tom Brady.
During a halftime celebration on Sunday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the team will be waiving the waiting period for the man who led them to six Super Bowl titles. Brady will be inducted on June 12, 2024, during a ceremony right on the field at Gillette Stadium.
Brady gave an impassioned speech before the home crowd, punctuating it with: “I am a Patriot for life.”
The induction will be the first held on the field, according to Kraft. Those ceremonies are traditionally held outside the hall of fame.
The team said it will be a ticketed event, with season-ticket holders getting priority access.
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The Patriots hosted the Philadelphia Eagles to start their season. They mounted comebacks at the end of both halves, but ultimately fell short, losing to the reigning NFC champions 25-20.
Ahead of the game, Brady rang the bell atop the stadium’s newly renovated lighthouse before taking a seat next to Kraft in the owner’s box.
Kraft said he was excited to have Brady back because fans never got to say a proper goodbye or thank you. While he wouldn’t touch on the specifics of the celebration, he said they are doing something “special and unique.”
“We were privileged to have the greatest player in the history of the game,” Kraft added. “If you saw him in the huddle, he could make average players better. He brought the best out in people.”
Quarterback Mac Jones said Thursday he was excited to have Brady at the game.
“I think it’ll be great juice in the stadium and for us to just play our game and focus on what we can control, I’m definitely really appreciative of him, this team, and everybody,” he said.