When the photo was taken, the pair, who were two of Boston’s longest-tenured active athletes, shared it to their own social media channels with quips about sticking together as athletes over the age of 40.


Read Chara’s full goodbye:

"It’s with sadness and joy I find myself reflecting on the news of my friend and sports legend @TomBrady moving on from the @Patriots.

"For New England and it’s fan base, Tom’s departure is a major loss to the role he plays in leading the incredible Patriots. His 20 years have brought us all some of the most memorable moments in sports history. His departure leaves us with mixed feelings. We feel a loss but we also hope that he continues to have an outstanding career.

“Thank you Tom for the best 20 years of New England sports memories. Your leadership, athletic achievements and your contributions to Boston will forever be remembered by many generations. I wish you all the best. We will be watching and cheering you on!”

Chara, 43, signed with Boston in 2006 and is now the third-longest tenured athlete in the city, behind teammate Patrice Bergeron, and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.