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Tom Brady makes emotional statement about future of NFL career after Super Bowl upset

The American football star is married to Gisele Bundchen

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Tom Brady has had a celebrated career in the NFL but it seems he's ready to move on.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneer was knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday and he's now thinking about what the future holds. 

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Taking to Instagram, the seven-time Super Bowl winner wrote a lengthy and thoughtful post which read: "I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever a season ends.


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"But this week, all that is on my mind is the gratitude I have for this team and the fans that have supported us all year long. 

"This year has been incredibly rewarding personally and professionally and I am appreciative of everyone who worked their ass off to help our team achieve so much."

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He continued: "I always want to win, I think that's pretty apparent by now, but that doesn't mean I equate losing to failure, especially when you go out fighting the way we did.

Tom hasn't confirmed if he'll return next season 

"There's so much to appreciate in a season like this when you're surrounded by a team that believes in each other, and plays for the people standing on either side of them. 

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"I'll spare you the Man in the Arena quote, but that feeling is something that I promise I'll never take for granted. To everyone that was a part of it this year, thank you. I love you all."

Tom wants to spend more time with his family 

While Tom is yet to confirm if he'll come back for another season he also told Let's Go podcast that his wife, Gisele, and his three children were forefront in his mind when it comes to his decision. 

"I said this a few years ago, it's what relationships are all about," said Tom. "It's not always what I want. It's what we want as a family. And I'm going to spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what's next."

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