Every time someone mentions Tom Brady’s name, the immediate thought is that he’s the greatest quarterback of all time.

But to those in his inner circle, like Logan Ryan’s wife Ashley, Brady is so much more than that.

Brady and Logan Ryan spent four seasons with the New England Patriots before reuniting this season in Tampa Bay, and their two families bonded.

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Ashley Ryan took to Instagram to let her followers know what Brady was like off the field.

«I think I’ll chime in with my Tom Brady story … but it’s not about 7 Super Bowls or being down 28-3 or his last pass as a Patriot. We all know those.» she wrote.

Ryan said Brady volunteered at an animal shelter with his kids «for an entire football season,» where he was able to spend quality time with his family.

«It’s about the dad who volunteered at the animal shelter with his kids for an entire football season. Joining his kids in naming puppies and bottle-feeding kittens,» he added. «The one where he quietly appeared every two weeks to make a difference for his family and his community. The one where two dads just became dads and smiled proudly every time their kids said ‘Please can we stay a while? longer?!’ In which two girls built a friendship around their love for little kittens and helped make the world a better place for animals.»

Logan Ryan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defends during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Santa Clara, California.

Logan Ryan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defends during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Santa Clara, California.
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Ryan added that Brady did not volunteer for publicity. He just wanted.

«It wasn’t about publicity or fundraising or recognition. It was about being a human being. It was about Tom taking what his little girl loves best and turning it into an opportunity to spend time together. It was about us Tom will reach out to his friend, asking him how to get involved, helping his community by giving something much more meaningful than money… his time.

«The greatest QB of all time, hands down. But I’m even more honored by the person you are off the field, TB! Congratulations!»

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady (12) shouts in celebration after running for a score during the fourth quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady (12) shouts in celebration after running for a score during the fourth quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.
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Brady announced his «forever» retirement Wednesday morning. It is his second withdrawal, but this time it seems definitive.

He leaves with seven Super Bowl championships: six with the Patriots, one with the Buccaneers.