Buccaneers Coach Reveals Tom Brady Wanted to Emulate What Peyton Manning Did in Denver

Published 02/27/2021, 1:47 PM EST
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their second-ever Super Bowl title earlier this month. The 43-year-old veteran will most likely go down as the ‘winningest’ quarterback of all time after bagging his 7th Championship ring.

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Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Many believed that Tom Brady was ‘finished’ and ‘done for’ prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season. Some critics even predicted that the former sixth-round pick would crash and burn without coach Bill Belichick. Well, they were wrong.

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TB12 ended his debut Buccaneers campaign with 4,600+ passing yards and 40+ passing TDs. He was also adjudged Super Bowl LV MVP after throwing for 201 yards with 3 passing touchdowns.

But, who was Brady’s motivation heading into the recently concluded season?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach, Clyde Christensen, appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show”. He revealed how Brady derived motivation from long-time rival and good friend, Peyton Manning, before signing with Tampa Bay last year.

“He said one of the things that looked really fun and challenging to him is what Peyton did in Denver. There was something about that challenge that hit (Brady) right. ‘Hey, I’m going to go see if I can do this again somewhere else.’

“I do think that the challenge of that was a huge thing for him. Twenty-one years (the length of Brady’s career) is a long time. Sometimes there’s time for a change. He’s mentioned several times that he was impressed with it and that looked fun and challenging to him.”

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NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“I don’t see an end in sight and he certainly doesn’t act like there’s an end in sight. He’s so confident in his routine and what he’s doing physically, he’s going to be around a while,” Christensen said on the show.

Immediately after lifting the Lombardi Trophy at the Raymond James Stadium on February 7, Brady revealed he’ll be back in 2021. Is it possible for him to win his 8th ring? Well, if anyone can do it, it’s Tom.

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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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