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Tom Brady’s Patriots HOF induction could be like Celtics’ ‘Larry Bird Night’ as details emerge

  • Brady returns to New England for the ceremony on June 12 at Gillette Stadium
  • He won six Super Bowls with the Pats, while Bird won three NBA rings in Boston
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The New England Patriots’ Hall of Fame induction for Tom Brady may be similar to the Boston Celtics’ 1993 induction for Larry Bird, also known as “Larry Bird Night,” according to reports.

On Sunday, ESPN’s Patriots Insider Mike Reiss Revealed that Brady will return to New England for the ceremony on June 12, where he will be honored at Gillette Stadium as part of an “unprecedented” event in franchise history.

“New week, Patriots season ticket members will be sent ticket information and will receive preferential pricing for the event through April 12,” he added.

‘If there is any stock left after the pre-sale process, it will be made available to the general public later in April.

“For longtime New England sports fans, it sounds like this could be similar to the historic ‘Larry Bird Night’ in 1993.”

An unprecedented Patriots HOF induction ceremony for Tom Brady will take place on June 12

The upcoming event bears similarities to the Celtics' HOF induction for Larry Bird in '93

The upcoming event bears similarities to the Celtics’ HOF induction for Larry Bird in ’93

Boston Garden sold out 33 years ago for

Boston Garden sold out 33 years ago for “Larry Bird Night,” when the Celtics honored their three-time NBA champion in front of their fans

Just over 30 years ago, 14,000 Celtics fans lucky enough to enter Boston Garden rejoiced over memories Bird had given them for 13 seasons as he was honored after winning three NBA championships for the franchise between 1979 and 1992 had won.

To summarize the event, the wrote the Los Angeles Times in an article from 31 years ago: ‘Officially called ‘Larry Bird Night,’ the ceremony was a combination of Celtic pomp and pageantry, the basketball equivalent of a Kennedy wedding.

‘Bird mania gripped this sports-mad city as the date approached. The Boston Globe published a special section about Bird being fat enough to pin an arm to the ground. Commemorative T-shirts sold for $15.50. Signed photos of Bird sold for $245. Larry Bird Limited Edition Coins, complete with an easy payment plan, went for a whopping $995. Signed plaques had a price tag of $139.

‘The retirement party had become a cottage industry, but in this case the entire net proceeds from the sale went to the Celtic Charitable Foundation, of which Bird is a key member.

“But in keeping with the Bird persona, it also included tributes to fans’ workers, former teammates and coaches.”

Magic Johnson also memorably attended Bird’s Celtics Hall of Fame induction.

Former coaches, teammates and rivals took turns rejoicing in Bird's greatness back in the day

Former coaches, teammates and rivals took turns rejoicing in Bird’s greatness back in the day

Widely considered the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Brady played 20 of his 23 seasons in the league with the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls, four Super Bowl MVPS and three regular season MVPs.

He also became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns during his time in New England.

While Brady spent the last three years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he added another ring and another Super Bowl MVP without Bill Belichick, he will always be remembered first and foremost as a Patriot.

So it should come as little to no surprise that the Patriots are honoring one of the best players in the history of the league.