Even if you can’t stand the sight of Tom Brady, you have to admit that he’s pretty talented. During his time in New England, the quarterback proved to be a relentless winner with a knack for making the right play at the right time; his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only enhanced that reputation. The NFL veteran may have another skill in his back pocket, though: predicting the future.
With their win over the Green Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to the Super Bowl. Last February, though, Tom Brady already knew that he’d be taking the field in the big game.
In early 2020, Tom Brady was getting ready to leave the New England Patriots
Based on everything that happened in the world, 2020 felt like it stretched on forever. No New England Patriots fan, however, will forget the moment when Tom Brady left town.
Brady, of course, joined the Patriots as a sixth-round draft pick and went on to become the face of the franchise. Over the years, he and Bill Belichick formed a pretty perfect partnership; together, they dominated the AFC, appeared in nine Super Bowls, and won six of them. By 2020, though, things were changing.
During the 2019 season, New England, by their standards, struggled. We saw Brady express public frustration with his offense; the team also blew their first-round bye and had to play the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Their season would end that weekend.
After that defeat, rumors that Brady was ready to leave New England kicked into overdrive. As we all know, those turned out to be true.
Appearing at the 2020 Super Bowl and predicting a return to form
While the New England Patriots crashed out of the 2019 NFL Playoffs, Tom Brady did make it to the Super Bowl. The quarterback, however, wasn’t happy just being there in a ceremonial capacity.
In celebration of the NFL’s 100th anniversary, there was a pregame ceremony featuring the members of the league’s all-time team. Brady, Bill Belichick, and others donned red blazers and were acknowledged for their achievements.
While it was a nice moment for the fans and an honor for those on the field, it wasn’t enough for Tom Brady. A few days after the Super Bowl, he posted an Instagram story announcing that he was hitting the gym and getting back to work.
At the bottom of the post, there was a prophetic statement: “I’m not wearing a blazer to the Super Bowl next year.”
Tom Brady is a man of his word, but winning the Super Bowl won’t be as easy as posting about it
Whether you like it or not, Tom Brady has lived up to his word and will be returning to the Super Bowl in February 2021. Lifting the Lombardi Trophy, however, will still represent a challenge.
The obvious obstacle is Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense; Brady is a master of making the right play at the right moment, but being able to run a perfect two-minute drill will be irrelevant if the opposition is scoring at will. The Tampa Bay quarterback will also have to deal with an old foe, Steve Spagnuolo, calling the Chiefs’ defensive plays.
While the Kansas City Chiefs are the betting favorite, we’ve all seen that you bet against Tom Brady at your own risk. The quarterback already accurately predicted that he’d be back in the Super Bowl this season; now, he’ll be looking to lift the Lombardi Trophy and remind everyone why he’s the GOAT.