Brady's closest friends and family, including his wife Gisele, also shared heartfelt messages on social media. One of Brady's favorite receiving targets, Julian Edelman, put together a touching video tribute to his quarterback, capturing moments from Little League to Michigan to the NFL combine to Brady's five Super Bowl wins.
By the way, the goats are included to laud Brady as the GOAT -- greatest of all time.
Over 10 years ago I fell in love with you because of your beautiful and sensitive heart. I love the sweetness in your essence. Today you are starting a big new chapter and I wish you so much happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of your life. Happy birthday my love! Making 40 feel like 20!!! You go @tombrady !!!! Te amo ❤ Há mais de 10 anos me apaixonei por você, pelo seu coração lindo e sensível. Amo a doçura da sua essência. Hoje você está começando uma nova fase e eu lhe desejo muitas felicidades e realizações em todos os aspectos da sua vida. Feliz aniversário, meu amor! Fazendo 40 parecer 20!!! You go !!! Te amo ❤
Happy Bday pic.twitter.com/ty0K9WZlkG— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) August 3, 2017
On Tom Brady's 40th birthday, the Patriots are offering fans a G.O.A.T. photo opportunity at training camp (yes, that is a live baby goat). pic.twitter.com/FC8g1AoNNf— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 3, 2017
Brady's 40th birthday was so big, even the NCAA and Major League Baseball sent their birthday wishes.
If only Tom Brady stuck to baseball, he could have made something of himself. 😉— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2017
Happy birthday, Tom! pic.twitter.com/ECYH5xbwGc
Brady will become the 20th quarterback to play in the NFL in his 40s when the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who turns 40 in January 2019, could be next in line to join the 40-year-old quarterback club.
-- John Wilmhoff