Tom Brady: I’d like to think I wasn’t much of a chance for Bucs to sign

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Tom Brady entered the free agent market a year ago with six Super Bowl rings, 249 career victories, three league MVP awards, four Super Bowl MVP awards and the title of GOAT. The quarterback doesn’t believe he was much of a risk for the Bucs.

Bucs coach Bruce Arians follows a “no-risk-it, no-biscuit” philosophy, but Brady’s history made him as safe a free agent signing as there is. The only question was Brady’s age: He turned 43 at the start of the 2020 season.

“I’d like to think that I wasn’t that much of a chance after a lot of years,” Brady said. “Becoming a free agent and then having the opportunity to continue my playing career, I love the opportunity that presented itself here, which is ultimately why I chose here. I really love the coaching staff. I loved the players that they had. I looked at those players and thought, ‘Wow, these are really great players. This would be a good opportunity for me.’ Obviously, a different conference and a different division – all of that I didn’t quite know about. In the end, I just [had] a lot of different choices. I don’t want to revisit them all, but I’m pretty detailed and thorough. I went through a process of decisions and thinking about everything that really mattered to me in some way [and] one form or another. Obviously, a lot of family considerations. My son lives in New York and I didn’t want to be too far from him. It just ended up being a great fit and as it’s played out.”

It’s worked out for the Bucs and for Brady.

Brady threw for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the regular season. It was the fifth-most passing yards of his career and the second-most touchdowns of his career. His 102.2 passer rating tied for the sixth-best in his career.

Better still, the Bucs will play in their second Super Bowl and Brady his 10th.

“I’ve just thought, ‘Wow, this has really been a magical year,’” Brady said. “For me as a player to switch teams, that takes a lot. To move my family, to go to a different conference, to keep building the way we did and develop a rapport with the guys that we have here – so much of football is about the relationships that you get with your teammates [and your] coaches. The fact that we’re still playing feels really good for me and [I] understand that we’ve put a lot into it. Hopefully, we can go finish the job. That would be the best part about the season. It’s always been a goal to win the last game of the year. We’ve got an opportunity to do it. It’s certainly not going to be easy. It’s going to take everything we’ve got. We’re going up against a great, championship-level team, and it’s going to take our best.”

14 responses to “Tom Brady: I’d like to think I wasn’t much of a chance for Bucs to sign

  1. Without brady the bucs season would have ended 4 weeks sgo. The players , some of which are hot heads, would’ve racked.many more penalties. Brady has taught them how to be professional.

  2. Packer fans will 4ever hate him. Field goal with 2 min to go is a very good choice. Keep it up. 😄😄😁😁

  3. The Buc stop here. Ahahaha. Too bad Brady, you will soon join many Bills and Vikings in losing 4 superbowls.

  4. mahomes is currently the best qb in the league, but brady is the GOAT and there is no legitimate dicussion.

  5. dangguy says:
    January 28, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Without brady the bucs season would have ended 4 weeks sgo.

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    Sure with a QB throwing over 30 INTs they would have. But it was a really good roster last season, and just adding a serviceable QB would have been enough to get them to the playoffs.

  6. As a lifetime bucs fan that used to buy jerseys i always wanted to get a brady jersey just because but never did. Call me a homer all you want but i might buy one. He has been pretty proven in my opinion.

  7. The media COMPLETELY wrote off Brady a year ago because of his age (despite no “aging”) and “declining” stats. They called him a Top 15 or Top 10 QB at best. Casually labeling him as nowhere near the best QB in the NFL anymore. Even mock drafting the Bucs should use their 1st round pick on a QB for him to groom.

    All that guy did was join a brand new team, brand new coach, brand new offense during a global pandemic, threw 40 TD’s and pulled this team together to make the Super Bowl in Year One. All media owes Tom Brady a huge apology…

  8. dangguy says:
    January 28, 2021 at 8:04 pm
    Without brady the bucs season would have ended 4 weeks sgo. The players , some of which are hot heads, would’ve racked.many more penalties. Brady has taught them how to be professional.
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    Actually probably like 8 weeks ago when they would have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in like Week 12 lol. People underestimate what the leadership and QB position brings to the rest of the team. Without an elite QB, this Bucs team does not get near a SB. Brady could have probably done the same to the Chargers, Vikings, Browns, and other similarly “stacked” rosters.

  9. Mahomes—as talented as he is—would have to have an amazing string of health, luck, roster, coaching and mid career adjustments to get where Brady is. We can evaluate where he sits on the list of “greatest” when he’s in his late 30’s, and that’s assuming he’ll even make it there. It’s a large leap at this stage and people need to pump the brakes.

    It’s one thing to win in your “prime” with multiple Super Bowls as Brady has. It’s another thing to do it again later in your career, and yet another to do it again when you’re about to be approved for AARP benefits. This level of sustained excellence has just never been seen before.

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