Brady Wins Seventh Super Bowl

Dawson Jenkins, Sports Writer

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Tom Brady walks off field during the Washington Football Team vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, January 9, 2021

Tom Brady did what many believed to be the unthinkable at his age of 43 and won his seventh Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady spent the first 18 years of his career under Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, winning six Super Bowls in the meantime. Many believed he could have hung up the cleats last year and still have been considered the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). 

Brady was not satisfied yet, believing he had enough left in the tank to go to a new team and make them contenders. But Brady didn’t have the easiest road to where he is now, many things had to go right for Brady to even get the opportunity to start in the National Football League.

Brady was the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, and one could definitely say he wasn’t very high on many a team’s radar when it came to drafting a franchise quarterback. Junior Matthew McGonigal felt it was Brady’s hidden talent that led to his success.

“I feel as if his lack of athleticism would lead to not being a highly regarded prospect for a lot of NFL teams. He was never really the fastest and didn’t have the best arm compared to other guys at the position. But he still fought through it all, and focused his ability to be a great leader as well as decision making to lead his teams being the Buccaneers and Patriots to the Super Bowl wins he accumulated over the years,” McGonigal said.

Winning as much as he did while in New England, there was a stigma that was created amongst NFL fans regarding Brady as a “system quarterback,” or in other words, Brady was able to accomplish what he did only because he played within a system that fit his skill set, and would struggle outside of it or not win many games at all. Junior Jaylin Sartor shares his ideas on that point of discussion.

“Personally when Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers, I initially believed that he would struggle outside of New England’s system. Evidently I was wrong and Brady went on to beat some of the best teams in the NFL in order to prove that he wasn’t a system guy. He beat the Packers, Saints, and Chiefs to win his 7th Super Bowl. This very much proved to me that he is more than a system quarterback,” Sartor said.

Brady had a familiar face to play with in Tampa Bay with his recruitment of long time Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers. Gronkowski came out of retirement where he was previously in the broadcast booth to win another superbowl with Brady. 

Brady said in a statement that he believes he wants to keep playing until at least age 45. If he does end up accomplishing that feat, that would make him the oldest quarterback to start for a NFL team. George Blanda retired at age 48 playing kicker primary and emergency quarterback for the Raiders, but never started a game at the position after age 44. 

Some, like McGonigal, wonder if Brady will be able to win another ring with the Bucs.

“I believe if he has a good offensive line and some quality receivers to help him out as well as a stout defense like he had last year, he still has the smarts and leadership ability to lead them back to the big game and win another super bowl,” McGonigal said.