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.
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.
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.
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 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