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Benjamin Watson replies to Tom Brady's latest Instagram with heartfelt message

Benjamin Watson replies to Tom Brady's latest Instagram with heartfelt message

One of the reasons why Benjamin Watson returned to the New England Patriots in 2019 was to play alongside quarterback Tom Brady.

Even though the season ended in disappointment for the Patriots, Watson was very thankful for another opportunity to pursue a championship in New England.

Brady posted to Instagram on Wednesday morning with a long message that pretty much confirmed he will not retire in 2020. Many of his Patriots teammates replied to the post with some sort of motivational or other positive message.

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The most heartfelt response came from Watson. Here's what the 38-year-old tight end wrote to Brady:

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

In case you didn't see it, Brady left a similarly emotional message on one of Watson's recent Instagram posts.

Watson has not announced his retirement, but he admitted it's an option after Saturday's playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.

There's no doubt Watson cherished every chance he had to take the field with Brady, and the two players certainly have a strong bond that should stand the test of time.

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Tom Brady pays Ben Watson incredible compliment in heartfelt Instagram reply

Tom Brady pays Ben Watson incredible compliment in heartfelt Instagram reply

New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson hasn't officially announced his retirement, but he hinted that it's a possibility after the defending Super Bowl champs suffered a season-ending loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.

Watson posted an emotional Instagram on Monday that touched on quite a few subjects. In a lengthy caption, the 38-year-old veteran expressed his disappointment in how the season ended, wished the remaining playoff teams good luck, and noted how thankful he was for the opportunity, among other things.

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Saturday’s game was tough for a number of reasons. This season, this calendar year, had many expected and unexpected challenges professionally and personally. The emotional investment rivals the physical in this sport, and after months of competition, adversity, and perseverance the bonds between brothers run deep and expectations remain high as we pursued the coveted return. Through it all I’m thankful for another season to play this great game. It has been a joy to share the locker room with these men and truly special to reunite with so many familiar faces. I wish it would have ended in Miami. There’s nothing I wanted more for my family and myself especially at this point in my career. Life is about perspective and disappointment has a special way of challenging that conviction. Thank you for supporting my family and this team this year. We could feel the love. We are truly blessed. Best of luck to Tennessee and the other teams still in the race. #Sweet16

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady liked the post, and he also replied with a heartfelt message for Watson.

There's a great amount of mutual respect between Brady and Watson, who have spent a total of seven seasons as teammates.

When the veteran tight end was released by the Patriots in October, Brady said it was "tough" hearing that news and called Watson a "great player" and a man of the "highest integrity." Watson was very appreciative of the remarks and told WEEI at the time, "I love that guy," in reference to Brady.

The Patriots brought Watson back a few weeks later, and it's unclear if Saturday's game will end up being the final one of his 15-year career. He is among several Patriots players who will hit the free agent market this offseason.

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Patriots veterans Matthew Slater, Ben Watson share emotional moment after loss to Titans

Patriots veterans Matthew Slater, Ben Watson share emotional moment after loss to Titans

After what very well could have been the last game of both of their careers, Ben Watson and Matthew Slater had an emotional moment.

The two New England Patriots veterans shared a long hug in what may turn out to be their final moments on an NFL field.

Watson hinted at retirement immediately after the Patriots' loss to the Tennessee Titans stating he "definitely won't be back here next year, probably, and probably won't be playing at all." The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in December 2018 after a stint with the New Orleans Saints, only to return to the Patriots in 2019 on a one-year deal.

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Slater, 34, wouldn't commit to playing a 13th NFL season after Saturday night's game.  I’m going to make sure I’m doing what God wants me to do," he said. "Hopefully that’s to keep playing, but we’ll see how it goes."

The All-Pro special teamer is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Both players have made a tremendous impact on the Patriots organization not only for their play on the field, but also for their class and leadership off of it. Whatever decision they make, their legacy in Foxboro will not be forgotten.

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