Tom Brady made the Buccaneers, their fans and their city believe from the moment he arrived in Tampa Bay.
With help from old friend Rob Gronkowski and a ferocious defence, Brady and the Buccaneers are Super Bowl champions.
Brady threw two touchdown passes to Gronkowski and one to good pal Antonio Brown as the Buccaneers Kansas City 31-9 on their home field in Super Bowl LV.
“You get this far and you wanna get the job done and we did it,” Brady said. “We just believed. I”m so proud of the guys.”
Despite moving south to a new team and conference during a pandemic, Brady didn’t slow down at age 43.
He earned his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and extended his Super Bowl titles’ record in his 10th appearance, nine with New England.
Brady broke his own mark for oldest player to win a Super Bowl and joined Hall of Famer Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to win one with multiple franchises.
“I think they’re all special,” Brady said. “I’m not making any comparisons. Experiencing it with this group of guys is amazing.”
Stunningly, it was easier than any of his previous Super Bowl victories, which came by an average margin of five points.
The warmer climate suited Brady perfectly and it doesn’t seem he’s ready to slow down.
He already said he might play past age 45.
“I’m coming back,” Brady said with a smile.
There was never any doubt he’s going for No. 8 next season.
“He’s a winner, man,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said.
“That’s all you can say. He brought a winning mentality to a really talented football team that didn’t know how to win.”
Some wondered if he could win it all again at age 43.
The way Brady saw it, 20 years of experience over 301 regular-season games and 44 playoff games offered him the knowledge to navigate the unknowns on the NFL’s biggest stage.
The sight of Brady hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy was undeniably surreal for fans of the New England Patriots, who were left devastated when he parted ways with the team in March after two decades.
His announcement days later that he would sign with the Buccaneers perplexed some at the time as the team were coming off a 7-9 season with their lone Super Bowl victory from 2003 a distant memory.
But Brady, who was drafted in the sixth round as the 199th overall pick, made quick work proving the doubters wrong after recruiting his former Patriots teammate Gronkowski out of retirement and finished the season third in passing yards.
“It’s hands down one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history,” said Gronkowski.
“The story is just unbelievable.”