Brady looking to extend legacy in
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[March 21, 2020]
By Rory Carroll
(Reuters) - While Florida is a
retirement destination for some, for Tom Brady it is the site of his
career's next act and a place where he could further cement his
legacy as the NFL's best-ever quarterback.
The 42-year-old on Friday made it official that he would leave the
New England Patriots - where he spent 20 seasons and won six Super
Bowls - to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a reported one year, $30
While the decision to go to the Buccaneers, who haven't made the
playoffs in more than a decade, was initially a head scratcher, the
move gives Brady an excellent opportunity to further chase history
Last season in New England he was frustrated with the receivers
available to him but he'll have plenty of targets with his new
squad, chiefly Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who both topped 1,000
yards receiving last season.
The team also has a solid offensive line, a stout defense and a
veteran coach in Bruce Arians.
Brady will also reportedly have an unprecedented level of control
over the team.
He wants to be included in decisions about the roster as well as
play calling, according to ESPN, which would give him an even
greater share of the glory if he can turn the Buccaneers, who went
7-9 last year, into a contender.
And the Buccaneers are certainly getting a big upgrade at the
Brady has won more games (249) than Buccaneers' QBs have in the last
30 seasons (210).
And achieving the ultimate goal of winning a championships with his
new team would be historic.
While other greats have tried, only one quarterback, Peyton Manning,
has won Super Bowls with two different teams - first the
Indianapolis Colts and then with the Denver Broncos.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a press
conference ahead of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.,
January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Hall of Fame signal callers Joe Montana and Brett Favre both
attempted the feat in the twilight of their careers but fell short.
If Brady is able to lead the Buccaneers to next year's Super Bowl,
the team will have home field advantage.
The Super Bowl is held at a predetermined location each year and
next season's championship game will be held at Tampa Bay's Raymond
No team has ever won the Super Bowl in their home stadium, so Brady
could add another first to his resume.
The Buccaneers also make sense on a personal level.
Although originally from Northern California, Brady lives with his
wife, the model Gisele Bundchen, and their children in Connecticut,
which is about a two hour flight from Tampa Bay.
That's a much less taxing commute then the arduous cross country
trips he would have endured as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers
or Las Vegas Raiders, two of the teams that were said to have shown
And with his new contract he'll make more in a single season than he
ever has in his storied career before he retires -- perhaps in
(Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
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