Former Wolverine Tom Brady Leads Bucs to 2nd and His 7th Super Bowl Championship

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL — February 8, 2021

While at the University of Michigan, he split time at the quarterback position with Brighton HS standout Drew Henson. In the 2000 NFL Draft, he was the 199th player chosen, picked by the New England Patriots in the 6th round. Six quarterbacks were selected before him in that draft, all are out of football, none ever won a Super Bowl, or will one day be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

This morning, Tom Brady sits atop the football world. Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any franchise in the NFL. His 7th Championship came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team with the worst all-time won-lost percentage among NFL clubs. The Bucs signed Brady, the NFL quarterback with the best all-time winning percentage in league history, last offseason.

Tom Brady with his 7th Vince Lombardi Trophy for winning Super Bowl LV / Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

The 2020 Buccaneers’ Campaign

Tampa Bay had a dept of talent on offense and added more when Brady signed. Their young defense was under the tutelage of former NFL head coach Todd Bowles. The signing of Brady was seen as the key player needed to make a Super Bowl run.

With preseason canceled by the pandemic, the Bucs opened 2020 with a 7-5 record as Brady, the coaches, and players struggled to develop consistency. The defense was staunch against the run but had trouble defending the pass.

After a 27-24 loss to the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs to close out November, the Bucs entered their bye week and regrouped. Four straight wins closed out the season and Tampa Bay qualified for the playoffs as a wildcard. Three road wins brought them to the Super Bowl and they became the first team to play on their home field as Tampa hosted Super Bowl LV.

The Game

With Brady and the offense clicking like a well-oiled machine, Tampa was confident they could put up points against the Chiefs. Bookmakers felt the same way and set the over/under score at 56. The question was could the young Bucs defense stop the Mahomes to Hill combo that accounted for 269-yards and 3-touchdowns in their regular-season matchup.

Mahomes was harassed all game long, CBS reported the Chiefs QB ran 476 yards before releasing the football or being sacked. Kansas City only managed three field goals in their 31-9 loss.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes under pressure from Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

On the other side of the ball, Brady was the antidote to the years of Tampa Bay QB struggles. Driving the Bucs to four TD’s, including two TD-passes to Rob Gronkowski. They became the all-time passing scoring duo in postseason history with 14 TDs breaking the tie they held with Montana-to-Rice (12).

Brady and Gronk Celebrate / Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

Brady was awarded his 5th Super Bowl MVP award, he now has more MVP’s than any other QB has Super Bowl wins.

During the post-game celebration, he assured fans he would be back next year for another run, Gronk has indicated he would like to join him. If the oddsmakers are right we will see a repeat in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Odds of Winning the 2022 Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs +550 Tennessee Titans +2800 Carolina Panthers +6000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900 Miami Dolphins +2800 Washington Football Team +6000
Green Bay Packers +900 Pittsburgh Steelers +2800 Atlanta Falcons +6000
Baltimore Ravens +1200 Dallas Cowboys +3000 Denver Broncos +6000
Buffalo Bills +1200 Los Angeles Chargers +3000 Jacksonville Jaguars +7500
Los Angeles Rams +1300 Arizona Cardinals +4000 New York Giants +7500
San Francisco 49ers +1400 Minnesota Vikings +4000 Cincinnati Bengals +8000
New Orleans Saints +1800 Las Vegas Raiders +4000 Detroit Lions +10000
Seattle Seahawks +2000 New England Patriots +5000 New York Jets +10000
Cleveland Browns +2000 Chicago Bears +5000 Houston Texans +10000
Indianapolis Colts +2500 Philadelphia Eagles +5000

Odds Courtesy of William Hill Sportsbook