New England Newspapers React to Tom Brady Leaving Patriots

In Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: Newspapers in New England find room on the front page for Tom Brady, the Patriots’ tribute video and more.
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Bye, bye Brady

Even on a busy news day, newspapers across New England found room on their front pages for the shocking revelation that Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers.

After 20 years with the Pats, Brady dropped the bombshell Tuesday morning that the rest of his his “football journey” would “take place elsewhere” and by sunset the news was out that Tampa was his destination. 

Breaking up with the city of Boston on a St. Patrick’s Day where all the bars were closed due to a raging pandemic was a particularly cruel twist of the knife. The coronavirus has rightfully dominated headlines across the country, but many papers in New England addressed the Brady news on the front page. 

Here is a selection of the best treatments. (All images from the amazing Newseum.)

Boston Herald

Boston Herald Tom Brady front page

The Republican (Springfield, Mass.)


The Providence Journal (R.I.)


Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.)


The Boston Globe


The MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.)


Burlington Free Press (Vt.)


Bangor Daily News (Maine)


Hartford Courant (Conn.)


New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)


Bennington Banner (Vt.)


The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.)


In every case (except for the tabloid Boston Herald) the Brady news was surrounded by harrowing stories about the growing pandemic, which made for a totally surreal feeling.

It’s interesting to see how much space papers chose to give Brady compared with the real news of the day. The Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper, barely had any mention of Brady on the front page, choosing instead to make the focus of the page a story about the coronavirus’s impact on small businesses. The region’s biggest paper, The Boston Globe, though, dedicated most of the left side of the front page to Brady, including a portion of Dan Shaughnessy’s column. 

The best of SI

Tom Brady’s Patriots career ended in the same way so many others in New England did. ... Here are seven options for the Patriots to replace Tom Brady. ... As long as Bill Belichick is around, the Patriots can still be great. ... Tom Brady wasn’t the only QB on the move Tuesday.

Around the sports world

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Not sports

Inside New York City bars before they all got shut down. ... A Florida man is accused of stealing $3,000 from a woman he met on a dating app.

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