NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced via Facebook on Friday that he would no longer pursue legal action related to his four-game suspension.
"I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans. It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court has rejected Brady's attempt to get a new hearing.
His last remaining hope was to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The New England Patriots open the season Sept. 11 at Arizona. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will take his place.