Did Tom Brady offer a hint about his NFL future in Instagram post?

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Tom Brady was handed a difficult first-round loss to the Titans over wild-card weekend, so naturally, the quarterback feels he has something to prove.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback, 42, is a free agent and reportedly has listed his Massachusetts mansion for sale, leaving some doubt as to whether or not he'll return to the Patriots in 2020. It sure sounds like he wants to continue playing, though, if you considered his comments following that playoff loss.

But there's more: In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, Brady may have offered a glimpse into what he wants to do come training camp this year:

"In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win," the post reads. "You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove."

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I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jan 8, 2020 at 5:50am PST

That last sentence is particularly telling. Brady, who will be 43 by the time the 2020 season kicks off, has stated publicly he wishes to play until he's 45. Whether or not that's with the Patriots remains to be seen.

The post, which has almost 40,000 comments, includes words of encouragement from all sorts of celebrities: 

    "CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP," rapper Diddy (or is it Puff Daddy? Or P. Diddy? Or Sean "Puffy" Combs?) wrote.Fox Sports' Erin Andrews commented with a goat emoji and a bicep-flex emoji."Yes sir @tombrady football *football emoji," said David Beckham. (

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    We're glad he clarified with the football emoji here.)Mark Wahlberg, of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch fame, commented: " THE GOAT *prayer hands emoji, heart emoji.*"

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    Dana White, The Rock, Venus Williams, Jalen Ramsey and teammate — and potential Pats starting QB in waiting — Jarrett Stidham also offered words of encouragement and support.

    All things considered, Brady feeling he has something left to prove after earning hundreds of millions of dollars; winning six Super Bowls; marrying a super model; and being recognized as the greatest quarterback of all time is admirable. Also, if you can casually quote Teddy Roosevelt, you're doing something right.

    It remains to be seen where Brady might play his 21st NFL season if he decides to play, but there's some doubt that he'll lace up the cleats with the Patriots. New England owner Robert Kraft has some reservations as to whether or not a Pats uniform will be in Brady's future.

    But as it stands, it kind of sounds like Brady wants to play in 2020 — if his vague Instagram post is any indication.