“Gotta Do it This Year” – Tom Brady Not Content with Super Bowl LV Triumph

Published 08/19/2021, 4:57 PM EDT
TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Tom Brady ended his two-decade-long association with New England Patriots in January 2020. The ageing quarterback wanted to challenge for the Super Bowl while approaching the twilight of his career. He was of the opinion that he could not do that in Boston and hence decided to move on in search of a new team.

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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers looks over to his left before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

His search took him to Florida where he penned an initial 2-year deal with NFC South franchise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a shaky start to the season, Brady and the Bucs found their mojo in the playoffs. Bruce Arians’ boys beat the likes of the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers to seal a Super Bowl berth.

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In front of a limited number of home fans at the Raymond James Stadium, the home steam started as underdogs against defending champions Kansas City Chiefs. But a Tom Brady-inspired offence and a Todd Bowles-controlled defence completely killed the Chiefs as they fell to an embarrassing 9-31 loss.

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“I mean, it’s really fun for me. I love physically to train and put myself in a position to compete. I love that mental aspect of the sport, and I have a lot of fun doing it. I’ve got a great group of teammates, a great group of coaches. I’m really enjoying the camaraderie, and again we just play football, so that brings us all a lot of joy.”

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers looks over to his left before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I always hate not competing and then saying, ‘Oh, we’re going to learn from it. We’ve got a lot of learning to do, and we’ve got to push it. We’ve got to fight our way out of everything….We’ve got to keep earning it. I don’t think there’s any aspect of me that thinks what I’ve done last year means anything. I’ve got to go do it this year,” Brady said in the interview.

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The reigning champions will open their 2021 title defence against NFC East franchise, Dallas Cowboys, next month. Unlike last year, they won’t start the season as underdogs but will be favourites to make the Super Bowl once again. Can the Pirates handle the pressure? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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