The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a boat parade Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl LV championship on a sun-splashed day with thousands of fans lining the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa.
As the parade came to a close, head coach Bruce Arians said the Buccaneers could easily repeat as champions if the team stays intact.
“We have the best coaching staff in the NFL. And we damn sure have the best players in the NFL,” Arians said. “… We’re going for two. We’re going for two. And we ain’t stopping. We’re gonna keep this band together, and they know how to win.”
Defensive tackle Vita Vea dumped a cooler of ice water on Arians during the post-parade celebration.
At one point during the parade, quarterback Tom Brady was captured on video tossing the NFL’s Lombardi trophy from his boat across the water to another boat carrying Buccaneers players. His completion to shirtless tight end Cameron Brate brought wild cheers from fans and players.
“That was the best catch of my life,” Brate said. “Unbelievable. That was the best catch of my life. If I had dropped that? I think I would’ve had to retire.”
Brady also tweeted a reaction to a video of him struggling to walk after getting off his boat.
Noting to see her…just litTle avoCado tequila https://t.co/vew2otBw5T
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 10, 2021
Arians vowed to keep linebacker Lavonte David and wide receiver Chris Godwin, who are both scheduled to be free agents. Linebacker Shaq Barrett, also scheduled to become a free agent, vowed to return as well.
“We coming back — back-to-back,” Barrett told ESPN. “That’s the plan. I’m coming back next year.”
For the Tampa Bay players and the team’s fans, celebrating their first Super Bowl win since 2003 was the main attraction on Wednesday.
“We just made history in all the world,” said linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul. “This means so much to me, I’ll do it again. We’re gonna do it again.”
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