Tom Brady isn’t passing the torch yet.
Brady, the 43-year-old quarterback who went to Tampa Bay for the final chapter in a first-ballot Hall of Fame career, proved he’s still the most dominant quarterback in the league by throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns and earning his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and seventh ring as the Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 for their first Super Bowl win since 2003.
With the win, Brady has more Super Bowl titles (7) than any franchise in NFL history, topping the six each won by the Steelers and Patriots. Brady also made history with his fifth MVP award, becoming the only player with five. Joe Montana is second with three.
“This team is world champions forever, you can’t take it away from us,” Brady said after the game.
When asked if he would return next season, he added: “We’re coming back.”
Brady joked with Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill in July that he would go for his seventh ring after Hill promised a Chiefs dynasty with seven of their own. With the win, Brady is 3-2 against Patrick Mahomes. His first two wins came in games in which he built a double-digit lead by half and held off furious Chiefs comebacks.
This time, though, there would be no comeback.
There would be just Brady and the talented teammates he lured to Tampa Bay when he went south to prove he was more than a piece in a Bill Belichick dynasty. The win shows he’s the kind of transcendent player who doesn’t need one particular organization to build a dynasty. He can do it anytime, anywhere, in any uniform.
“When we got Tom, that makes you a contender,” wide receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s like LeBron (James). Whatever team you put him on, they’re going to be a contender. They’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
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