Ever since it was initially handed down in May of 2015, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has fought his suspension for Deflategate at every turn. After the Second Circuit denied his request for rehearing two days ago, Brady's final option to overturn his four-game suspension was to request review from the United States Supreme Court.
That won't happen. Just moments ago, Brady announced that he would be ending his campaign and would serve his four-game suspension. As Texans fans know, that suspension includes the Patriots' QB missing his team's Week Three Thursday night matchup against the Houston Texans.
Brady wrote on his Facebook page:
I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.
With Brady out, the Patriots will presumably turn to their third-year backup quarterback out of Eastern Illinois. Jimmy Garoppolo has attempted 31 passes for the Patriots, completing 20 for 188 yards and one touchdown in 11 games.
Just a reminder of what the Texans will be missing with Brady out: Brady is 5-1 against Houston in his career, completing 66.3% of his passes for 1,556 yards, 12 touchdowns, and only four interceptions.