Leonard Fournette Recalls Tom Brady’s Daily 5:30 AM Text Which Led to Super Bowl LV Win

Published 02/21/2021, 4:13 PM EST
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’ Leonard Fournette and Jaydon Mickens celebrate after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


The expectations were high when Tom Brady signed for NFC South franchise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in March 2020. The six-time Super Bowl winner penned a two-year deal worth north of $50 million to play for Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers. And in under a year, he already led them to their second-ever Super Bowl title win by defeating defending champions Kansas City Chiefs on February 7, 2020.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Critics and fans alike were a little skeptical about Brady’s Super Bowl aspirations. He enjoyed a fruitful 20-year spell with New England Patriots while playing under the tutelage of Bill Belichick. Together, the pair won a momentous 6 Lombardis since the start of the 21st century.

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But analysts claimed it was coach Belichick and not Brady, who was the real architect behind the Patriots’ march to greatness. Well, it suffices to say, they couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

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Leonard Fournette credits Tom Brady for Super Bowl LV Victory

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Leonard Fournette, was one player that Tom Brady helped recruit before the start of the 2020 season. He was one of their star performers en route to Super Bowl LV, rushing for 300 yards with 3 rushing TDs.

On the latest segment of the Pardon My Take podcast, Fournette revealed it was Brady’s moving speech right before Super Bowl LV that ‘woke’ the Buccaneers up.

He said, “I got to keep it between the team, but it was a powerful-(expletive) message that we all needed to hear. I think it’s how he delivered it…It just woke us up, it gave us the spark we needed.”

“A lot of guys have motivation that they might be playing for the money or their family or just because they love it. But when Tom said ‘We’re playing for honor’ and for the last names on our back, I think that kind of hit different for us.”

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Krys Barnes (51) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“It would be 530 in the morning because he’s the first person up, that’s just who he is. You don’t get that too much, to witness greatness up close like that,” said Fournette. (h/t Sports Illustrated)

The 43-year-old veteran has already confirmed that he is going to return with the Buccaneers in 2021. The question is, can he repeat his heroics once again? When it comes to Mr. Brady, it’s best to never say never.

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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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