Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl LV champions!
The legendary NFL quarterback led his team to its second franchise championship on Sunday, beating defending champions Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs with a score of31-9. The victory was even sweeter as the game took place on the Bucs’ turf at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
It’s a record-setting seventh Super Bowl victory for Brady, who led the New England Patriots to six league-leading championships during his historic tenure as center. In his first season with the Bucs, the future Hall of Famer impressively led his new franchise to its second Super Bowl and second victory.
The showdown between Brady and Mahomes, considered by many to be the greatest quarterback in history and a possible heir to the throne respectively, was also historic, as it was the first time the two previous Super Bowl champion quarterbacks had met. face. one against the other. (Brady won Super Bowl LIII with the Patriots in 2019).
During his Super Bowl press conference before the game, the Bucs’ QB answered a question from a young fan and shared a sweet reflection on his favorite part of winning Super Bowls in the past, and why he hoped to emerge victorious once again. .
“The best part of winning is having the people who have helped you get there and support you there for you to enjoy,” shared Brady. “Some of the best memories I’ve ever had were being with my kids right after Super Bowls, so I hope we have that experience on Sunday.”
This year’s Super Bowl, of course, was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with limited fan attendance and strict protocols. As a way of thanking those who have been working on the front lines for the past year, the NFL invited 7,500 healthcare workers, all of whom received both doses of the COVID vaccine, to attend the big game. Most of the guests came from hospitals and health systems in the Tampa area.
“It’s wonderful to be celebrated in the Super Bowl as heroes for what we’ve done in the last year,” Rev. Jenny Sumner Carswell, educator chaplain and spiritual health coordinator at Tampa General Hospital, told ET about being chosen. to attend the Super Bowl. “All healthcare workers, we have not been living in a bubble. We have been going into work and having to do this for eight, 10, 12 hours, and then going home and holding the rest: school closes, economic blow and the fear that our family members will contract COVID-19. It has been a truly challenging and tragic year and I am grateful for this opportunity to tell our narrative. “
“We come to work every day because it is in our hearts to do so, so receiving an award with something so significant, at a time like this, really means the world.” added Glenda Wright, Director of Environmental Services. “It is a complete honor to be a beneficiary and I am very proud. Proud of who we work for and proud of who we work with.”
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