Tom Brady Inducted Into Patriots Hall of Fame, Has His No. 12 Jersey Retired

Tom Brady with Patriots in 2017
Tom Brady with Patriots in 2017. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (8269547bh)

Tom Brady has officially become a member of the New England Patriots’ Hall of Fame. Brady was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony organized at Pats’ Gillette Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd.

Brady became the 35th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame and the only one inducted before the official four-year wait period after retirement. Brady retired from the NFL following the end of the 2022 season.

As part of the ceremony, the Patriots also retired Brady’s No. 12 jersey. He became the eighth player in the history of the franchise to receive this honor.

“There’s only one iconic number that will represent Tom Brady. And tonight, I promise that it will never be worn again,” said Pats’ owner Robert Kraft. “The number 12 is now officially retired.”

The Patriots also plan to erect a statue of Brady, measuring 12 feet tall, in front of their Hall of Fame. The statue, the first ever for the franchise, will be unveiled at some point during the 2024 NFL season.

“I am eternally grateful. I am Tom Brady. And I am a Patriot,” Brady said at the end of his acceptance speech.

Tom Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots, making his way from a sixth-round pick to arguably the best player in the history of the NFL. Brady won six Super Bowl rings with the Pats and was named NFL Most Valuable Player three times while in New England.

Brady left the Pats ahead of the 2020 season to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for three seasons and won another Super Bowl ring.