‘That’s Not the Reality of Football’ – Tom Brady Urges Teammates Not To Grow Complacent In Pursuit of Super Bowl Repeat

Published 06/09/2021, 3:11 PM EDT
Aug 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) trains during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady knows a thing or two about defending a Super Bowl title. In fact, he was on the team that last achieved the feat back in 2004. Then part of the New England Patriots, Brady was part of the historic side coached by Bill Belichick to successfully run it back. 

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17 years since and no team has managed to replicate the feat. The Kansas City Chiefs went close last season only to be thwarted by Brady and his Buccaneers. 

Now looking at a prospective Super Bowl rerun, Brady issued a warning to his teammates. What worked in February 2021 might not be enough to guide them to the next big event in February 2022. 

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Tom Brady urges Buccaneers teammates to stay focused 

Speaking to the media after practice, Brady talked about the assumption that with the whole starting roster from Super Bowl LV back for 2022, the Bucs will once again ride the waves to claim their second Super Bowl in as many years. But Brady made it clear that football doesn’t work that way.

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“I think the assumption comes from the belief that it’ll just be exactly like it was last year. I think that’s what you gotta not fall into is that, ‘Oh this is the way it worked last year, so this is the way it’ll be this year.’ The reality is everything’s different,” Brady said.

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady said that the 2021 season will entail new challenges, ones that the Bucs were not exposed to last season.

“The teams will approach you a little bit differently. You’re kinda the team everyone’s watching now. There are different degrees of expectation. There’s more external noise. There’ll be more people wanting to come to games. More opportunity to do things outside of football.”

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And this is when Brady emphasized the need for the Bucs to remain focused and chase the ultimate goal.

“I think the reality is you have to stay focused on what’s really important. How do you improve? How do you get better from week to week, day-to-day? Improve your routine. Improve your communication with your teammates, with your coaches. 

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Not allow your mind to really fall into this position that you make this assumption that just because you did something in February that you’ll do it again next February. Because, that’s not the reality of football.”

Entering year 22, Brady knows the ins and outs of the NFL. So when Brady speaks, his teammates better listen.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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