Tom Brady is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback to ever play in the NFL. He won his seventh Super Bowl ring last season, his first outside the dynasty he helped to build with the New England Patriots.
Brady continues to defy the odds. At the age of 43, he should be eyeing up retirement imminently, not winning more Super Bowl titles. He showed last year that he remains one of the elite players in the league and has no plans to hang up his helmet any time soon.
Tampa Bay’s quarterback will now be preparing for what will be his 22nd season in the NFL. He was drafted as the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Nobody could have imagined the career he would go on to have at the time.
The last team to defend the Vince Lombardi Trophy was the New England Patriots in 2005. Brady was the quarterback that led them to back-to-back crowns. He will be highly motivated to repeat this feat with his current team.
The Bucs start the season as the +700 second favorites in the NFL odds on bet365 for Super Bowl LVII. They have only the team they beat back in February ahead of them in the outright market.
Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians have retained many of his best players ahead of the 2021 campaign: Brady will still have the likes of Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski to throw to. The talented roster will be sure to deliver again under their quarterback’s leadership.
What’s Left For Brady To Achieve In The NFL?
As far as records go, there are not many quarterback-related ones Brady has not broken. He has the most passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, and Pro Bowl appearances. An eighth Super Bowl will just be more icing on the cake.
Brady has been very fortunate throughout his career in that injuries have not kept him out of action for very long, unlike some of his rivals over the last couple of decades.
One of the reasons Brady opted to leave New England and join Tampa Bay was that he wanted to continue winning. That decision was justified as the Patriots, who hired Cam Newton to replace their former quarterback, struggled in 2020, failing to make the playoffs.
It’s been fascinating for many NFL fans to see Brady work under Arians. Like Bill Belichick, his former coach, the Bucs head coach is regarded as one of the best in the league.
Arians has not given Brady any preferential treatment. He has demanded as much as he can from the quarterback, just the same as he does with all the other players on his roster, which has ensured that Brady has not become complacent at any stage during his time in Florida.
One thing’s for sure, Brady will hunt down an eighth Super Bowl like it’s his first. Once he does retire from the sport, and only then, will he reflect and be satisfied with what has been a truly magnificent career.