New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sent shockwaves through the Twitter universe and the NFL world with his first-ever tweet that he will be retiring. However, Patriots fans can heave a sigh of relief as it was only an April Fool's Day joke from the 41-year-old quarterback, who joined Twitter on April 1 and tweeted “I'm retiring. In my spare time, I'll be tweeting #LFG.”

But wide receiver Julian Edelman and the Patriots official Twitter account were not amused by Brady's antic.

Edelman, one of Brady’s best friends on and off the gridiron, replied to Brady’s tweet with a face of actor Steve Carell with a caption “don’t you dare”. The Patriots official Twitter account also commented on Brady’s tweet with a shocked face of Carell.

Brady acknowledged tweet was a bad joke

Acknowledging that his joke went too far, Brady tweeted “Was this a bad joke?”, to which the Patriots Twitter account replied with a gif of Carell’s fellow “The Office” cast Jenna Fischer with the word “YUP.” As of last count, Brady has 142,000 followers.

Earlier, Brady got some attention on Instagram when he commented on NFL’s photo about Rob Gronkowski’s statistic.

In the photo, the NFL said Gronkowski caught 78 touchdown passes from Brady during his nine-year NFL career, to which Brady “I hope 78 isn’t the final number.” Brady’s comment has sparked rumors that Gronkowski will eventually make his comeback at some point.

Golden Tate apologizes to Brady

In a Twitter-related development, wide receiver Golden Tate apologized to Brady for choosing the New York Giants instead of the Patriots.

Tate signed with the Giants despite expressing interest in playing with Brady in Foxborough. “Sorry things didn't work out. Can I still get a follow though?” Tate said in reply to Brady’s April Fool’s Day tweet. Also, Tate told Brady he’s sorry to hear about Gronkowski’s retirement even as he welcomed the veteran quarterback to Twitter.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year deal worth $37.5 million, with $23 million in guaranteed money, one day after trading superstar wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for a 2019 first-round pick, a third-round selection, and safety Jabrill Peppers.

Last season, Tate played for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. He tallied 74 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games. The Giants will be Tate’s fourth team in his 10th season in the NFL. The Patriots badly need a wide receiver to beef up their depth chart.