For two decades, Tom Brady has put on a New England Patriots uniform and come running out of the tunnel at either Gillette Stadium or the old Foxboro Stadium. But that won't be the case in 2020.
Brady announced Tuesday that he would not be returning to the Patriots and reportedly plans to sign a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When news of TB12 to TB broke, social media went crazy with the thought of seeing Brady wearing ... well, whatever jersey the Bucs plan to wear.
The morning after.... pic.twitter.com/LoP9lTcfI5— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
Describe this picture in three words or less. pic.twitter.com/jrPpqmPecw— Adam Pellerin (@adampellerin) March 17, 2020
No creamsicle photoshop? Come on, guys.
Brady, of course, is just the latest sports legend to don a new jersey at the tail end of his career. Michael Jordan, of course, played for the Washington Wizards. Johnny Unitas played for the San Diego Chargers and so forth.
The Bay Area has seen a number of its legends wear new uniforms. From Willie Mays playing for the New York Mets to Tim Lincecum the ... Los Angeles Angel? No, that one wasn't a fever dream. Let's run through a few of the times Bay Area legends wore new uniforms and made the region pass out or throw up.
In May of 1972, with the GIants bleeding money, then owner Horace Stoneham traded The Say Hey Kid to the Mets, who guaranteed Mays a pension and coaching positions post-retirement.
42 year old Willie Mays on the Mets has joined the group chat. pic.twitter.com/vH0YGhrbhP— Nathan Williams (@nathanmwilliams) March 17, 2020
Yeah, that seems wrong.
Before Brady was (arguably) the GOAT, Joe Montana held the title after winning four Super Bowl titles with the 49ers. But he finished his career not in the Bay Area, but rather playing at the House of Loud known as Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the Chiefs.
Gonna be as weird as Joe Montana on the Chiefs lol pic.twitter.com/ylW7BqPI6p— SpongeBob.. At Night! (@spongefacts_alt) March 17, 2020
Another GOAT who roamed Candlestick winning titles for the Red and Gold also ended his career in different colors. After 16 seasons with the 49ers, Jerry Rice spent four years with the Raiders and one with the Seahawks.
Raiders legend Tim Brown finished his career with the Buccaneers after 16 seasons in silver and black. Here he is with Jerry Rice the Raider.
Tim Brown in a Bucs Jersey pic.twitter.com/SZG9mzgW05— Bruce (@BrucejrTX) March 18, 2020
Back on the diamond, the Giants had three fan favorites go elsewhere and it still doesn't feel right.
Juan Marichal played one season for both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers to end his career.
Juan Marichal played with the Red Sox in the 1970s... then again I think I could have just posted this picture and it would have been clear that his Red Sox days were in the 1970's pic.twitter.com/ODFstfCVvL— Paul Francis Sullivan (Please Call Me Sully) (@sullybaseball) October 20, 2019
Dodger Legend Juan Marichal pic.twitter.com/ZOu75bcrTz— Max G. (@MistaMaxG) November 6, 2019
Speaking of Giants turned Dodgers, Brian Wilson's LA jersey is one you'll spot every year at Coachella.
Happy 38th birthday to Brian Wilson. Wilson was a 3-time All Star and World Series champion with San Francisco before signing with the Dodgers. He pitched nicely in 2013 in the role as set-up to Kenley Jansen. He re-signed for 2014 but unfortunately wasn’t as effective. pic.twitter.com/qltCEvacWV— Dodger Cards (@dodgers_cards) March 17, 2020
While both those are odd, nothing compares to the sight of Lincecum as an LA Angel.
Tim Lincecum (Los Angeles Angels) pic.twitter.com/1YZ4xoj4Lx— Brandon Koretz (@BrandonKoretz) March 17, 2020
Almost makes your skin crawl, doesn't it?
Let's not forget Ronnie Lott once played for the Jets.
New York Jets HOF Safety Ronnie Lott pic.twitter.com/ixJQk0BmqG— Quinn (@LordEmperorQ) February 1, 2020
Ken Stabler will forever be a Raiders legend, but The Snake's twilight was spent in Houston with the Oilers and New Orleans Saints.
Rick Barry was a Rocket at one point in time, too.
Today in 1980, Rick Barry of the Houston Rockets sets the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game at 8.— Texas Sports History (@TXSportsHistory) February 9, 2020
This was the 1st season the NBA adopted the 3-point line.
The record stood for 10 years.
The current record is 14.
The record for a single quarter is now 9. pic.twitter.com/07GnjbwmRU
I did this exercise to say one thing: I'll absolutely be purchasing a Tom Brady retro Bucs jersey.
How could you not? It'll be all the rage at Sasquatch 2021.