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Six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady announced on Instagram early Tuesday morning that he is indeed going to leave the New England Patriots in free agency.

Brady’s announcement came via social media. It included him thanking Patriots fans and the entire organization.

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FOREVER A PATRIOT

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LOVE YOU PATS NATION

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This has to be bittersweet for a player who has spent two decades on one team. While there had been some reports that Brady would in fact leave New England, the fact that it is now going to happen is shocking.

The NFL world reacted in kind.

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