Guess who did it again, yep, Brady.
With his seventh title at 43 years of age, Tom Brady proves he still has that “it factor” despite many doubters in a crazy COVID year.
Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title on February 7th, in what might be his most impressive performance yet. He’s 43, an age where his peers are celebrating their gold Hall of Fame jackets, not new Super Bowl rings. TB12 began the season playing for a new team and in a new system with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and coach Bruce Arians for the first time in his career. And to add the cherry on top, he did this with a new team without having a training camp, where players begin to form as a team.
Yet still, he ran apparent heir Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs out of Tampa and back to KC after a 31-9 blowout victory.
While many said he should just retire, Brady proved all wrong, becoming the first player in history to win a Super Bowl as the home team in his home stadium. With this title, Brady won his fifth Super Bowl MVP, with three touchdowns – that weeping sound you hear coming from New England as two of them went to Rob Gronkowski (former partner in crime with Tom in New England) – and a near-perfect QB rating of 125.8. While Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles forced Mahomes and the Chiefs into their worst game, ever. Kansas City had never lost a game. Mahomes started by double digits; until now.
"I'm so proud of all these guys out here. We had a rough month of November but (Bruce Arians) had all the confidence in us. The team had a lot of confidence, we came together at the right time, and I think we knew this was going to happen tonight, didn’t we?" Brady said. "We ended up playing our best game of the year."
Now, instead of the Chiefs being the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since – guess who! – Brady and the New England Patriots in 2004, it’ll be Brady and the Buccaneers trying to one-up themselves next year.
"Yeah, we’re coming back," Brady said, a big smile on his face and the Lombardi Trophy by his side.