“They Clicked, They Bonded”: NFL Analyst Remembers How Tom Brady Helped Antonio Brown Amidst Fournette’s Return to Tampa Bay

Published 06/09/2022, 5:21 PM EDT
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 | Credit- Reuters

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady recently received high praise from prominent NFL analyst Skip Bayless for his leadership qualities. Bayless was hailing Brady for his efforts in molding his teammates to improve themselves as a part of his team.

The Buccaneers QB has been able to extract the best out of many of his teammates. Players like former Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and current running back Leonard Fournette were troublemakers before playing with him.

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During a recent episode of FS1’s UNDISPUTED Show, Bayless, a self-proclaimed Brady fan, praises him, stating, “This is why I believe he has become the greatest leader in the history of sports. Because I mean Antonio Brown won a Super Bowl With Tom Brady. And now that you look back on it, the odds against it were enormous. They clicked, they bonded, and Tom Brady was able to show Antonio this is how you do it.

He believes Brady’s influence was key in helping Brown overcome his long hurdle in winning a Super Bowl title. Bayless adds that their partnership worked pretty well before Brown’s ‘walk-off‘ in Week 17 last season. The analyst believes the focus for the Buccaneers QB is now shifting to RB Leonard Fournette.

How was Tom Brady able to extract the best out of Leonard Fournette?

Despite the No.4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Fournette was gaining a reputation of being a troublemaker with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time as the then-Jaguars RB, he drew the ire of the management for his poor behavior and attitude. He was eventually let go by the franchise in 2020 while signing with the Buccaneers organization that season.

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Bayless believes that Fournette went through the AB treatment with Brady. The 7-time Super Bowl champion took him under his wing while forming a formidable partnership. He adds that Brady was able to extract the best out of him by transforming Fournette into ‘Playoff Lenny.’

Their partnership saw them end up as winners of Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Reuters

The upcoming NFL campaign will present another opportunity for the pair. They still possess the same synergy as they look to win yet another Super Bowl title. The Buccaneers fans will be counting on Brady again to lead them to the promised land in 2022, which could potentially be his final NFL campaign.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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