After ending a stellar 20-year stay with the New England Patriots, Brady moved down to Tampa and in his first season with the franchise, he guided the team to their first Vince Lombardi Trophy since the 2002 season.
Brady threw for 201 yards and three touchdown passes, two to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the first-half and the other to Antonio Brown, and the quarterback was named Super Bowl MVP for a record fifth time.
Buccaneers dominant against Chiefs to win Super Bowl
The Buccaneers are the first team in history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium and Brady writes himself further into the record books after becoming the second quarterback to win the title with two different franchises.
After the defeat to the Chiefs back in Week 12, the Bucs went into their bye week with a 7-5 record and went on to win out during the regular season, secure three huge wins on the road in the Playoffs before beating Kansas City in the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay hadn’t reached the Playoffs since 2007 and their last win in the post-season was in Super Bowl 37. There were questions asked last off-season when Brady moved down to Tampa, but the greatest quarterback of all time answered them by delivering the big one.
The Bucs had to do it the hard way, winning on the road against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and also Aaron Rodgers – who was named MVP on Saturday evening – and the Green Bay Packers in the Playoffs. Brady admitted that it has been an “amazing year” for the franchise and was delighted to get over the line to win his seventh Super Bowl.
“They’re all special,” Brady said in his press conference. “It’s been an amazing year. We got off to a good start (7-2), had a little rough stretch where we found our identity and played a lot better football down last December and January.
“I’m just really proud of all of the guys, proud of all of the coaches, the effort we put in. We knew we were playing a great team and we got the job done.
“You want to get this far and get the job done and we did it.”
Brady is just one of the guys, says tight end Gronkowski
When Brady signed with the Buccaneers, he was going to a franchise that was ready to win. The move for tight end Gronkowski, who the quarterback had won three Super Bowls with in New England, was huge, as was the arrival of wide receiver Brown and running back Leonard Fournette.
Coming out of retirement, Gronkowski is highly regarded as the best double-threat tight end to ever play the game. Not only can he block effectively, but he continues to show what a threat he is as a receiver too.
Seven targets, six receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns for Gronkowski, who also played a crucial part in the Bucs’ offensive line that protected Brady throughout. The Tampa Bay tight end couldn’t speak more highly of his quarterback, saying that he’s “just one of the guys”.
Gronkowski, speaking in his post-match press conference, said: “That’s what makes him so great. You gotta be just one of the guys, it’s a team game and it’s just so great. Players go up to him, ask him any questions in the locker room and he always has great answers for them.
“He’s always a great leader, always gives great advice when younger players come up to him, even older players and even when I come up to him with stuff, he always has great advice to give out.
“He’s been through it all, been playing for like 30 years or so, so there’s basically nothing he hasn’t seen.”