Tom Brady Set To Make His 10th Super Bowl Appearance
Tom Brady will be making his 10th all-time Super Bowl appearance as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, after 20 years with the Patriots.
When someone who knows nothing about professional football is asked to “name one NFL player” by their super fan friend, nine times out of ten that person is going to respond with, well Tom Brady of course!
The man has become an absolute legend in the eyes of so many, and this isn’t breaking news. Tom Brady has been labeled the GOAT (greatest of all time) when it comes to NFL quarterbacks, and even his biggest critics are hard pressed to make a case otherwise.
Lets do a brief overview of his career:
April 16th 2000: Brady is drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round with the 199th pick. There were six other quarterbacks taken before him.
September 23rd 2001: Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe takes a brutal hit from a New York Jets Linebacker. Brady replaces him and never relinquishes the position.
September 30th 2001: Tom Brady makes his first NFL start, going 13 of 23 for 168 yards in a 44–13 thumping of Payton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. This was the first of many meetings between the two legends.
January 19th 2002: Brady leads his first ever post-season comeback win, erasing a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter against the Raiders to win the AFC Championship.
February 3rd 2002: Brady wins his first Championship ring with the Patriots, beating the St Louis Rams 20–17. Tom becomes the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl, bringing the Patriots franchise their first ever title.
February 1st 2004: After missing the 2003 season playoffs, Brady and the Patriots come back to win a second Super Bowl, beating the Carolina Panthers 32–29.
February 6th 2005: Brady and the Patriots beat the Eagles by a score of 24–21, cementing the team’s reign as an NFL dynasty with their third Super Bowl Championship in four years.
February 3rd 2008: After a two year hiatus from the Super Bowl, Brady makes his 4th appearance with the Patriots. This time however, he suffers his first ever Super Bowl loss to Eli Manning and the Giants by a score of 17–14.
February 5th 2012: The Patriots reach their fifth Super Bowl, but lose for the second time in a row to Eli Manning and the Giants in the big game.
February 1st 2015: After coming up short in their last two Super Bowl appearances, Brady and the Patriots manage to beat the Seahawks 28–24. This game will be remembered by a questionable play call from the Seahawks head coach on the Patriot’s 1-yard line, ultimately ending in a game sealing interception courtesy of Malcolm Butler.
May 11th 2016: The NFL announces that Brady would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season because of his alleged involvement in “Deflategate”.
February 5th 2017: The Patriots overcame Brady’s early season suspension to post a 14–2 record and reach their seventh Super Bowl. Down 28–3 late in the third quarter, Brady leads the team to the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, rallying to defeat Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34–28.
February 3rd 2019: The Patriots make their ninth Super Bowl appearance, beating the LA Rams by a score of 13–3, and clinching their sixth Championship title.
March 16th 2020: Tom Brady and the Patriots fail to agree on a new contract before the 12 PM EST trade deadline.
March 17th 2020: Brady announces via his Instagram account that he will not be re-signing with the Patriots.
March 20th 2020: Brady officially joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, under head coach Bruce Arians.
January 24th 2021: Brady and the Bucs beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC Championship, securing Brady’s 10th Super Bowl appearance.
So here we are, approaching Super Bowl 55, and once again my man Tom Brady is on the guest list. Did I mention that he is now 43 years old??
When we do the math, Brady is currently 6–3 in his nine Super Bowl appearances, looking to make it 7–3 on the 7th of February.
Alongside his 6 championship rings, I thought I should also mention that Tom has amassed 4 Super Bowl MVPs, as well as 3 NFL MVP awards in his 20 seasons.
But what makes this year different?
In my opinion, this is one of the most impressive campaigns that Brady has led throughout his two decade career. After leaving Bill Belichick and the Patriots after 20 straight seasons, Brady took his talents to Florida in the middle of a global pandemic.
With the Covid-19 pandemic causing the implementation of strict distancing measures, training camp was cut short, and the pre-season was essentially deleted from the 2020 NFL schedule.
Can you imagine how this would affect a brand new quarterback, coming to a brand new team with brand new players, new coaches, new home field, different weather conditions etc.. It sounded like Brady had his work cut out for him, and many people didn’t expect to see the Buccaneers in the playoffs, let alone in the Super Bowl.
Despite everything that was thrown at him in 2020, Brady managed to lead the Bucs to an 11–5 regular season record, and a playoff berth.
The Bucs won their wildcard game against Washington by a score of 31–23, in a game where Brady threw for 381 yards.
Two weeks later, Brady and the Bucs took down the number 1 seeded Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. This win clinches their spot in Super Bowl 55, and sends Tom to his 10th Super Bowl in 20 years.
There isn’t much else for me to say.
Some people thought Tom would crumble without Bill Belichick and the New England faithful backing him. But instead, he has taken a brand new team to the franchise’s first Super Bowl in almost 20 years. Not to mention during one of the most unpredictable years the NFL, and the entire planet, has ever experienced.
If that doesn’t solidify Tom Brady as at LEAST one of the greatest to ever play the game.
I’m not sure what will.
Best of luck to Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 7th 2021.