Two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Branden Albert, 32, has retired before playing a down for the Jaguars, the NFL team announced Monday morning.
After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much, Albert said, in part, in a statement. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL.
To commemorate the hardships they endured last season, Patriots owner Robert Kraft surprised the veteran quarterback and his family this offseason by giving Galynn a Super Bowl ring of her own.
He’s been so supportive of my family and certainly everything my mom went through and knowing first-hand how families deal with it, Brady said Friday, via ESPN. He was always asking, ‘How’s mom doing? How is she feeling?’ We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl. She was a big inspiration for me, and [Kraft] knew it. It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up. She deserves it.
Brady cited personal family matters when turning down New England’s visit to the White House in April, and it was later reported he instead opted to spend time with his mother.
Tom Brady Sr. told The Boston Globe that Galynn wrapped up her cancer treatments that same month.