Tom Brady has taken issues to a different stage not seen earlier than: Successful a Tremendous Bowl at age 43, in his first 12 months with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and making historical past by being a part of the primary group to seem in a Tremendous Bowl in its house stadium — and carrying out all of this in a pandemic.
It isn’t a film script — but? — however Brady helped make it actuality. Who else may have performed that?
The Buccaneers gained Tremendous Bowl LV by a rating of 31-9 towards final 12 months’s champs, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and their famous person quarterback Patrick Mahomes, considered because the participant who will take the torch from Brady sooner or later. That is Tampa Bay’s second title, and it caps an NFL season in contrast to any earlier than it.
Brady has gained his seventh Tremendous Bowl, extending the mark for essentially the most by any participant. That whole is greater than any NFL group, as his former group, the New England Patriots, and the Pittsburgh Steelers every have six. It was his 10th Tremendous Bowl look, additionally essentially the most of all time.
For the fifth time in his profession, Brady was named Tremendous Bowl MVP. His efficiency Sunday was classic, finishing 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
But it surely’s not simply Brady’s age. It is that is he doing this with a brand new group after spending 20 seasons with the Patriots, the place he gained his first six Tremendous Bowls with head coach Invoice Belichick. It is unlikely that sort of mixture seen through the Brady-Belichick period will occur once more.
And it is not like Brady went to a group that had an illustrious postseason historical past. The Buccaneers hadn’t been within the playoffs because the 2007 season. Till Sunday, this franchise’s crowning second was successful Tremendous Bowl XXXVII towards the then-Oakland Raiders to finish the 2002 season.
Brady and the Buccaneers began the season 7-5. However after dropping to the Chiefs at house in Week 12, nonetheless, the Buccaneers did not lose once more, successful eight consecutive video games, together with three on the street through the NFC playoffs to achieve Tremendous Bowl LV.
Brady just isn’t the identical quarterback as he was within the 2001 season, when he gained his first Tremendous Bowl. However he clearly has loads left within the tank. He beforehand has stated he desires to play till he is 45, and earlier within the week, he stated he’d take into account enjoying previous that age.
Maybe it is becoming, with so many individuals staying at house due to the pandemic, that Tampa Bay grew to become the primary group to play at its house stadium within the Tremendous Bowl. Simply add that as one other layer of the magic Brady seemingly brings.