Brady tells fans in send-off rally: 'One more to go'

The New England Patriots are off to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII after receiving a send-off rally from thousands of cheering fans outside Gillette Stadium.

Quarterback Tom Brady praised the Philadelphia Eagles at the Monday morning rally. The two teams face off at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

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"It's going to be fun, it's going to be a lot of hard work, we're playing a great team, but I tell you what, we've got a locker room full of guys that are ready for the challenge," the 40-year-old quarterback said to the crowd, some of the fans arriving in the pre-dawn hours.

Brady was the last of several players to speak and praised the fans for their support all season.

"We got one more to go. We're going to go out there are try to win it for you guys. We love you. Patriots out!" Brady shouted to the cheering fans as he ended the rally by dropping his microphone on the stage.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cheers after peaking to fans at a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans hold signs as they wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborrough, Massachusetts, January 29, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans hold cutouts of players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and coach Bill Belichick as they wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fan Sam Macasay waits for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady drops the mic after speaking to fans at a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fan Jeannine Conway holds a cardboard cutout of quarterback Tom Brady as she waits for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans cheer during a Patriots rally held to send the team off to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan 29, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans wait for the start of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots player Danny Amendola flashes a thumbs up to the crowd during a Patriots rally held to send the team off to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan 29, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski arrives to a Patriots rally held to send the team off to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan 29, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thanks fans during a Patriots rally held to send the team off to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: A New England Patriots fan holds up a cutout of Tom Brady during a Patriots rally held to send the team off to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: A New England Patriots fan cheers at the end of a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: Buses carrying the New England Patriots drives past fans after a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fans cheer at a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots fan Sandra Balfe cheers at a Super Bowl send off rally for the team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The fans also heard from coach Bill Belichick, wide receiver Danny Amendola and defensive back Duron Harmon, who introduced Brady by getting the crowd to chant "M-V-P!"

"The MVP is going to be announced next week," Harmon said. "I think know we all know who that is."

Tight end Rob Gronkowski also appeared on stage, although he did not speak. He remains in the NFL concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

--Field Level Media

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