The 2021 Super Bowl
By Kevin Daniel and Ashwin Krishnathsan
Super Bowl LV has finally concluded with Tom Brady and his Buccaneers coming out on top, beating Patrick Mahones and the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was an absolute blowout, with the final score being 31 - 9. For Patrick Mahomes, not only was this a lost opportunity to win the Kansas City Chiefs their third Super Bowl, but also was the most he lost by in a game (22 points). This was also the first game in which his team didn’t score a touchdown, even since his days in high school football. For Tom Brady, this will be his seventh Super Bowl win, and the first championship he won in his new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, this was not Tom’s first rodeo: the image on the top left dates back to 2002 when he won his first Super Bowl.
He was only 24 when he was crowned the world champion that year. Now at the ripe old age of 41, this win also brings him many different new stats and broken records. One such record.
One such record as being the only NFL player ever to win seven Super Bowl titles as well as the most championships ever won by an NFL player, which was previously held by Brady when he had 6 rings. Another interesting stat is that with this 7th ring, he will hold more rings than any of the 32 teams currently in the NFL. The teams with the most rings are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots both trailing with 6. As previously mentioned, Tom has been in this business for quite a while, and with this win he broke his previous record in being the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He is also now officially the oldest NFL player to win the Super Bowl MVP as well. Tom was also able to break a record of most Quarterback-Receiver touchdown combos during this year's playoff run, with an incredible 13 touchdowns with his long-time teammate Rob Gronkowski. Tom and Rob have played together for 8 years during their stint with the Patriots, and together have won 3 Super Bowls together there. Rob then had to retire in 2018 due to his injuries causing him severe pain and lack of mobility. He decided to unretire in 2020 and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Tom Brady at the helm, and they won together once again. With this win, Tom Brady has been able to silence many narratives about him. One such narrative that plagued his career was that he was a “system player”, and was only able to win under Bill Bliech (New England Patriots coach). Moreover, people assumed that if he was ever to join any other team, or be coached by anybody else, his flaws would become more evident. Of course this wasn’t the case as Brady and the Buccaneers were able to run through the playoffs, and dominate in the Superbowl during his first season in Florida. Tom Brady has shown time and time again that he is capable of dominating the league at any age. The fact that he is considered by many as the greatest of all time all the while still producing an MVP at his age is a testament to his greatness.