New England Patriots QB Tom Brady left Minnesota with a new record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl game. However, he would've given away 300 of those yards to walk away with another world championship ring.

The Patriots fell to the new champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, 41-33 in the NFL's World Championship game, Brady's eight appearance in the game. The longtime face of the Pats hasn't said very much since the game, but he released a statement on his Facebook page Friday expressing "gratitude" across the board.

"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had," Brady said. "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 postitive. And 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 to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship).
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.

Best, Tom"

All signs point to Brady returning for another Super Bowl run next season. But, with this team and what has transpired in the last week, who even knows at this point?

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