Yesterday, we learned that the answer to the cryptic black and white photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a darkened stadium tunnel would become clear during last night's Super Bowl game.

It did. Brady is prepared to suit up with the Patriots for the 2020 campaign.

During an ad for Hulu, Brady spoke the following words, "I'm not going anywhere." Period. Clear. No confusion about it – although some, like my old friend, Fun 107 morning guy and fellow Patriots fan Michael Rock, are still skeptical.

Michael, what part of "not going anywhere" are you not getting?

Michael and others interpret Brady's remarks to mean that he is not retiring from football. If that is what TB12 had meant, he would have said: "I am not going away." He said "I'm not going anywhere," which means not moving, not leaving, staying put. No?

Patriots fans have been down in the dumps all season as the media has had us worried that Brady might retire if he didn't win his seventh Super Bowl ring, or worse, that he might jump ship to another team next season. I don't think either option is in the G.O.A.T.'s DNA. Besides, team owner Robert Kraft has already indicated that he is prepared to do what it takes to keep Brady in New England.

I am indeed an optimist but I am also a literalist. I take words literally and the words I heard from Tom Brady last night indicate to me that he will be back in a Patriots jersey come August.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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