Excited to Play, Brady Thanks Supporters

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It's been a long, tumultuous offseason for Tom Brady.

After the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the quarterback was suspended four games for his accused role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

He appealed the decision, sparking a summer-long battle inside and outside of the federal courtroom where Judge Richard Berman ultimately overturned the suspension.

Friday, Brady took to Facebook to thank his supporters and express his excitement to begin the regular season.

"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can't wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season," Brady wrote. "I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience. I also want to thank Judge Berman and his staff for their efforts to resolve this matter over the past five weeks. I am very grateful."

Although his tone was mostly celebratory, Brady reflected on the black mark that has been Deflategate.

"While I am pleased to be eligible to play, I am sorry our league had to endure this," he wrote. "I don't think it has been good for our sport - to a large degree, we have all lost."

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Posted by Tom Brady on Friday, September 4, 2015
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