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Tom Brady salutes David Ortiz after news of Ortiz retiring after 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The star-studded careers of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have intersected, as the two have helped deliver some of the most magical sports memories in the region's history.

So it made sense that Brady was asked about Ortiz retiring (after the 2016 season) during his Wednesday news conference.

"Great player, he's given all of our fans so much reason to cheer," Brady said. "He's been an incredible player; will be sad to see him go. I have a lot of respect for him and the way he's always brought a great leadership to his team. He's been a great example."

Ortiz has played for the Red Sox from 2003-2016, while Brady first arrived in 2000.