Buccaneers’ Shaq Barrett Recalls First Meeting with Tom Brady

Published 03/19/2021, 5:08 AM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady has transformed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After years of floundering in the NFC, Brady came to the franchise as their saving grace.

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In his first season, he led the Buccaneers to their first playoff appearance in 14 years. Furthermore, he allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win their first Super Bowl title in 19 years. Brady has been a revelation for Tampa Bay last year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ Shaq Barrett spoke recently with ESPN. Barrett, who recently signed a new contract with the Buccaneers, spoke about his first time meeting with Tom Brady.

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He revealed how kind Brady was and how excited he was to join the Buccaneers. Barrett told Brady how much they were looking forward to having him in Tampa Bay.

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

“So there’s a couple of moments but just initially, my first time actually meeting them face to face, in person. The energy he brought instantly, coming in, sitting like, ‘Shaq, I’m glad to be down here, playing’.

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, I feel the same way, I’m definitely ready for you to come show us some of your winning ways from New England down here’.” 

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Tom Brady brought leadership to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Barrett added that Brady has been great since the day he met him. There is no player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster that has anything other than kind words and amazing experiences with Tom Brady.

Barrett concluded that Brady’s infectious desire to win and leadership has been crucial to the Buccaneers’ success.

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“From the first day of actually meeting him in person, it’s just been great and going good since then. I’m pretty sure everybody who is on the team who interacted with Tom has something amazing to say about him. It’s been amazing to have his leadership on the team.”

Can Tom Brady lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another Super Bowl title? The Bucs are the defending champions and will have a tough road ahead of them.

Furthermore, several teams in the NFL will be out for blood, hoping to regroup and come back stronger next season. The Buccaneers will face much stiffer competition as the champions this season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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