A Tale as Old as Tom

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl LV on Feb 7, 2021. This was the second Super Bowl victory for the Buccaneers as an organization but the seventh Super Bowl victory for Tom Brady. 

This year’s Super Bowl was a mashup between probably the greatest quarterback of all time and the greatest quarterback in the league currently, Patrick Mahomes. According to USA Today, a total of 96.4 million people tuned in to watch this matchup go down. Brady and the Buccaneers outplayed Mahomes and the Chiefs leading them to a 31-9 win. For many players on the Buccaneers, this was their first time holding the Lombardi trophy, but for Brady it was just another one to add to his collection. 

Tom Brady’s legacy began with the New England Patriots under coach Bill Belichick, who is arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time. Brady’s time in New England was nothing less than impressive: he managed to win 17 AFC East Champion Titles, nine AFC Championships, and six Super Bowls. 

However, on March 20, 2020 Brady announced his departure from the organization, therefore making him a free agent for the 2020-2021 season. When Brady left the Patriots, many people believed it was trying to prove a point to his fans that he could win without Bill Belichick. 

Brady was looking for new opportunities that the Patriots could no longer give him, so he became a free agent and found a new home in Tampa Bay. 

“Entering something that’s obviously very unique to me — first time it’s happened in 20 years,” said Brady to a USA Today reporter about becoming a free agent. “I’m kinda taking it day by day.”

Tom Brady continues to win his battle against time and prove that age is just a number. 

In his documentary titled Tom vs. Time, Brady said “I think the last eight years of my career have been better than my first 10.” 

Many people would agree with this statement because of the fact that Brady has won more Super Bowls in the last seven years of his NFL career than the first thirteen.  

Senior Dan Verrastro has never been the biggest Tom Brady fan but after this year he had some nicer things to say about Brady’s impact on the game of football. 

“After switching teams and winning another Super Bowl in the same year he left the Patriots really solidified the title of G.O.A.T for me. It made me realize that I was more anti Patriots than anti Brady. He’s above Jordan in my mind  now. Now I don’t think there’s a greater accomplishment in sports history than what he just did. I’d say he is the greatest athlete period not just quarterback.” says Verrastro 

Every sport has a G.O.A.T. For example, basketball has Michael Jordan or Lebron James and baseball has Babe Ruth. For football, it is Tom Brady. Brady’s story is not over yet, and he plans to come back to the NFL next year to compete for another Lombardi Trophy. 

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