You would think that a 43-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings has done it all in the National Football League. But this is Tom Brady and you would be wrong.
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When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday not only will Brady be on the hunt for a record-breaking seventh ring, he will also be seeking another spot in the NFL history books to go along with the countless other times his name appears thanks to those six Super Bowl wins, nine Super Bowl appearances, four Super Bowl MVPs and three NFL MVPs.
If Brady can inspire the Bucs to victory on Sunday, in their home stadium, he will become the first man to ever win the Super Bowl while playing in each of the two conferences, the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Only one man has got close to achieving this feat and it is a man who Brady has been compared to many times over the years due to their mass collection of Super Bowl rings, the legendary Joe Montana.
Montana played a huge part in San Francisco winning four Super Bowl titles in less than a decade, but injuries allowed Steve Young to step in and replace him as starting QB during the 1991 and 1992 campaigns and the former USFL star excelled, forcing Montana’s hand. He left the 49ers in 1993 for Kansas City and in his first season took them all the way to the AFC Championship Game. He suffered an injury that knocked him out of that game though and the Chiefs were no match for Buffalo that day. Montana never got closer to another Super Bowl appearance.
Since then no other man has got close to winning the Super Bowl during spells in each of the two conferences, but Tom Brady will have that shot on Sunday. His first six Super Bowl wins came during an incredible run with the New England Patriots that saw them dominate the AFC for almost two decades, but during the final few years at Foxboro speculation about his future was never far from the headlines and in April 2020 it was confirmed that he was trading conferences, having inked a deal with the Buccaneers.
His arrival in Tampa proved to be just the spark that the Bucs needed under head coach Bruce Arians, and while the defense has done more than its fair share to get the team this far, Brady’s incredible depth of postseason experience has been pivotal in Tampa successfully negotiating the NFC half of the playoff bracket. Three road games, three wins. That has earned them the ‘home comforts’ of a Super Bowl appearance at their Raymond James Stadium home, but can they now complete the mission by dethroning Patrick Mahomes and that impressive Kansas City team?
If they do Brady will have another bit of history to add to his incredibly long list of accolades!
“The question of whether or not Tom Brady can live without Bill Belichick has been well and truly answered this season,” said BettingPro’s resident NFL expert Leigh Copson.
“It has not been a fairytale run by any stretch of the imagination – there have been a few ‘horror-shows’ along the way for TB12 – but here the Bucs stand, 60 minutes away from lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and in Brady they have a man who knows all about lifting this famous piece of silverware.
“He’s done it six times, but to be in seventh heaven on Sunday he and Bruce Arians are going to have to pull off perhaps the performance of a lifetime, because this Kansas City Chiefs group are truly something special with Patrick Mahomes at the controls and Andy Reid calling the shots.
“The bookies are backing Mahomes & Co. for back-to-back Super Bowl successes and so am I, but this is Tom Brady and it is never wise to write him off. You don’t boast a CV like his without being the man for the big occasion. And with six Super Bowl rings and a bunch of other records and awards, he has proven to be THE MAN for the biggest of occasions.”