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.
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.