Tom Brady’s trophy throw, if it missed the mark, would have landed 80 feet below

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It’s impossible to watch Tom Brady‘s tequila-induced Lombardi Trophy throw without feeling that same visceral unease triggered by peering over the ledge of a tall building. The pit in the stomach gets even larger when considering a couple of basic realities.

First, that was the real trophy, not some replica or replacement given to players for partying purposes. Second, as Simms (who lived in Tampa) pointed out on Thursday’s PFT Live, the water in that area of the Hillsborough River is 80 feet deep.

If Brady had missed the mark, or if tight end Cameron Brate had failed to make the catch, down the trophy would have gone. Given the extent to which alcohol was flowing on the various boats in the parade, someone may have decided to jump in after it — not realizing that it was a long way to the bottom.

Ultimately, a potentially ugly (or dangerous) scene was avoided. The incident, and the future celebrations it could inspire, may cause the NFL to consider doing what the NHL does: Making a secondary trophy available to the players for any and all crazy things they may choose to do with it.

Fortunately for everyone involved, the trophy includes no cup.

34 responses to “Tom Brady’s trophy throw, if it missed the mark, would have landed 80 feet below

  1. Lmao . I’m sorry Chris , but as a lifelong Tampa bay resident who has been to countless Gaspsrilla boat parades in that exact location , I must tell you that is just not true . The Tampa bay shipping channel is only 40 feet deep . That trophy would have been in 20ft of water max .

  2. And then Brady writes a check and divers go retrieve it. Brady was all of us, if only for an afternoon…

  3. Flutter ball pass that was, thankfully, picked off by one of his own teamates Cameron Brate.

    Brate I tell Yah – Just BRATE!!!

  4. 1. It’s not that deep
    2. Florida has A LOT of SCUBA certified divers
    3. 40 or even 80 feet deep – that’s a gravy dive for someone to retrieve it

    Let’s not call Dr. Ballard or Clive Cussler just yet….

  5. Well to be honest, you can drown in 10 feet of water just as easily as 80. So yes, something could have happened if someone who couldn’t swim decided to jump in after it.

  6. Even though the GOAT carried it out, it would definitely be a good idea for “the NFL to consider doing what the NHL does: Making a secondary trophy available to the players for any and all crazy things they may choose to do with it.”

    I was less concerned about it falling into the water than it hitting one of the players in the head.

  7. “Is tequila part of the TB12 diet?” Sounds like the special diet Brady and his trainer push is a scam.

  8. Only one person is allowed to do that with a sb trophy and its Brady. I guess he gets a bit crazy after a few wine coolers.

  9. If Brady missed the throw on the boat, they would have lost the Lombardi Trophy. If Brady had missed the throws to Gronk and AB in the End Zone during the Super Bowl, they would have lost the Lombardi Trophy. This is the difference between the Super Bowl Champ mentality (I’m going to make the throw), and the loser mentality (what if I miss the throw). This is why Brady is the GOAT.

  10. He has made many important passes during his career, did you think he would miss one with the actual trophy?

  11. directdriver says:
    February 11, 2021 at 11:05 am
    It’s good to see Brady letting loose once a while.

    ——-

    He’s out of NE now.

  12. So NHL doesn’t let players take the real trophy around? So what is the big deal that they all have it if its fake? I can get a fake one to bring around too.

  13. No river in Florida is more than 40 feet deep, and that would be the St. Johns at its deepest. The Hillsborough is currently running at 22 feet (historic range is 17.88 – 24.65 ft.). Why not just look up this easily obtainable info instead of making it up?

  14. So disrespectful to Vince’s legacy. I get it that he’s happy he won another title. But tossing the Lombardi Trophy at a drunken beach/boat party is not the way to show it.

  15. The real Stanley Cup goes to the players for the celebration. The only other cup is the original bowl that exists at the Hockey HOF.

  16. Where did you get the idea that players aren’t given the “real” Stanley Cup? The original bowl has kept at the Hockey Hall of Fame since it started getting worn down in the 60’s, but the one players celebrate with (and each get a day with over the summer) is THE Stanley Cup. There is a replica that is kept at the Hall and displayed there whenever the real one is unavailable.

  17. Good thing he didn’t throw it to Gronk. I mean, he would have caught it for sure, but then he would have instinctively spiked it in to the river.

  18. ‘So disrespectful to Vince’s legacy. I get it that he’s happy he won another title. But tossing the Lombardi Trophy at a drunken beach/boat party is not the way to show it.’

    Oh, please….. I’ll bet you still wait half an hour after eating before you go in the pool.

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