For years it was debated what had made the New England Patriots so dominant for so long in the NFL. Was it coach Bill Belichick or quarterback Tom Brady? After last season’s loss to the Titans in the wild card game, many had begun to count Tom Brady out. He was 42 years old, with an expiring contract and had suffered an early elimination in the playoffs. Maybe it had been Belichick after all…
Then Tom did something incredible. He left his franchise of twenty seasons to join a 7-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007. Finally the question would be answered – is Tom Brady the greatest of all time or an impressive quarterback who benefited from incredible coaching? After Brady’s dominant Super Bowl performance on Sunday, the question is answered for many.
At 43 years old, Brady threw his first touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter, connecting with former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski from eight yards. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had taken the lead at 6-3, and they never looked back.
In the second quarter, the quarterback once again connected with Gronkowski for a 17 yard touchdown. This was followed by a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown from the one yard line in the same quarter. By halftime, the Buccaneers were up 21-6.
The third quarter brought another touchdown for Brady and the Buccaneers. When all was said and done the veteran quarterback and his new team were world champions after an impressive 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady took home his seventh Super Bowl ring and fifth Super Bowl MVP award. Connecting on 21 of 29 passes with three touchdowns and 201 yards – Brady was champion once again. Sports fans and celebrities took to twitter to proclaim Brady as the greatest of all time – earning nods from Lebron James, Pro Football Hall of Farmer Kurt Warner and Browns QB Baker Mayfield.
IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW!! GOAT TALK
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 8, 2021
Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes said it was the “worst I’ve been beaten in a long time” adding that Brady is the greatest QB he has ever faced up against.
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) February 8, 2021
With a year left on his contract in Tampa Bay, it will be interesting to see what the next chapter holds for the Buccaneers. But for Tom, he has no doubts. As he told the media in his Super Bowl MVP acceptance speech “We’re coming back. You already know that.”
Congrats… AGAIN to @TomBrady. The greatest of all time without a doubt. Unquestioned!!
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) February 8, 2021