‘Not Until That Interception’- Bruce Arians on When He Realized His Buccaneers Were Winning the Super Bowl

Published 02/13/2021, 1:38 PM EST
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians has been around the NFL for quite some time. Coaching multiple franchises in various capacities, Arians finally tasted Super Bowl success as a Head Coach this year.

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His Buccaneers, who had last won the Lombardi Trophy back in 2003, also ended their 18-year-long drought for silverware. With Tom Brady leading the way, a career-long dream of the Coach was finally fulfilled at Super Bowl LV.

Winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal for every player and coach in the league. And it’s a feeling that takes time to really kick in. Arians said that there was one particular moment when he realized his boys were going to be lifting the coveted trophy.

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One interception that changed it all for Bruce Arians

Arians has had to wait long for his first Super Bowl ring as Head Coach. And even though his side commanded the tie against the Kansas City Chiefs from the word go, he was cautious of his chances.

During a conversation on the Rich Eisen show, Arians talked about the exact moment reality kicked in.“Not until Devin (White’s) interception at the end.

“You know, Patrick (Mahomes) has come back so many times, he’s such a great player. And until we intercepted that pass. And know that there’s just not enough time for them to get it back and get us,” he said.

Arians also jokingly referred to the tradition where the Head Coach is showered with Gatorade after winning the title.

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Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians (left) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a touchdown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“I put the hat on. And all of a sudden, I got my first Gatorade bath. That actually hit me because the only other one time I ever had was back at Temple, but I had brought a brand new suit, and I was not gonna let them get me,” Arians said.

But it’s a moment he says he’ll remember forever as it’s been on almost 30 years in the making. “But I just sat there. And when the Gatorade hit me I was like, ‘I’ve been waiting for this for like 30 years’.”

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With the Super Bowl to defend, Arians will hope for more of the same when his side take to the field for the 2021 season.

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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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