Signing with the Texans meant leaving behind a place he'd been for 11 years and where he'd won two Super Bowls. So naturally, some nostalgia arose for Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who posted a series of goodbyes and thank yous to the Patriots, their fans, his teammates and former coach Bill Belichick.
They'll miss him, too.
Wilfork replied with an Instagram post saying: "One of the toughest decision I ever had to make is walk away from the Patriot organization, fans, coaches and my f---ing locker room. Love u guys to death."
Brady will have quite a few friends on the Texans' roster, which includes two of his former backup quarterbacks and his former quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator. The Patriots play the Texans in Houston this year, in a game that you can bet will be rife with emotion.