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Bruins' Zdeno Chara Thanks Tom Brady After QB Leaves Patriots for Buccaneers

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With the departure of Tom Brady to Tampa Bay, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has suddenly become one of—if not the only—longstanding sports icon in the city.

Sure, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker have become the faces of the Celtics, but neither has the history in Boston that Chara does. Now Brady joins the likes of Mookie Betts, David Ortiz and Rob Gronkowski as central sports figures to leave Massachusetts, and it's got Chara nostalgic for the former Pats quarterback.

In an Instagram post on Sunday evening, Chara was finally able to articulate a farewell message to the New England legend.