Tom Brady has taken to Instagram to express his gratitude to teammates, family and fans alike for what he described as a 'great season'.
Despite a tough loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots quarterback defied the odds in 2017, excelling at his craft and winning his third MVP award at the age of 40.
Brady became the oldest player to win the award and tied Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre for the second most MVP's all time. Only Peyton Manning, with five, has more.
Brady's involvement in one of the best Super Bowl's of all time will not be forgotten. His 505 passing yards shattered his own record, set last year against the Falcons, whilst the Patriots' 33 points were the most ever in a loss in the championship game.
The 40-year-old thanked the Eagles for "...bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship)".
He started off by saying that he is taking the Super Bowl as a learning experience: "It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had.
"There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a positive." he said.
Brady's typically pensive thoughts expanded into his overwhelming feeling of gratitude towards everyone involved in his season, from teammates and coaches, to the fans and his family.
The five-time Super Bowl champion said:
"...the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced.
"Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win.
"Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are.
And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all."
Brady will be 41 by the time the new season comes around, but judging by his stellar play last Sunday, his time in the league isn't close to being over.