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Tom Brady has made it to his 10th Super Bowl, an almost unimaginable feat. But this one is different. Brady came without the New England Patriots. Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs will meet the explosive Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes on February 7 in Super Bowl LV. The Bucs are the first team to make it to the Super Bowl on their home field. Host Gary Myers interviews Tom Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., about his son's transition to a new team after 20 years with the Pats, his break-up with Bill Belichick, and how much longer Brady will play. Tom has told his dad he will play "until I suck." Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy also appears on the episode and contributes his insight on how Patriots Nation is handling Tom Brady in the Super Bowl this year without them.
FROM THE EPISODE:
Super Bowl 55 is a fascinating matchup. It’s the generation gap Super Bowl. Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes. The GOAT vs the BABY GOAT. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady is 43 and going for his seventh Super Bowl championship. Patrick Mahomes is only 25 but already on a path to one day be grouped with the best to ever play the game.
He is trying to lead the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowl victories, which has not been done since Brady and the Patriots won two in a row in 2003 and 2004, the second against the Philadelphia Eagles, then coached by current Kansas City coach Andy Reid.
Mahomes was just 6-and-a-half years old when Brady won his first Super Bowl following the 2001 season. Mahomes father Pat, a former major league pitcher, is 50, just seven years older than Brady.
That is just part of the back story. The real story is this:
Tom Brady will be playing in his tenth Super Bowl. John Elway is next among quarterbacks with five. Brady is going for his seventh victory. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw are next with four. If you don’t count Brady’s rookie year in 2000, when he threw only three passes, or 2008, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the first game, he has played 19 seasons and been to 10 Super Bowls. That means he’s made it to the Super Bowl more than 50% of the time.
That’s crazy. Just to put to put that in perspective, Michael Jordan played 15 years and went to six NBA finals. He won all six, but his last championship came when he was 34 years old. LeBron James turned 36 in December, soon after he played in his 10th finals in 17 seasons. But he has a losing record at 4-6.
People have asked me if Tom Brady wins the Super Bowl on February 7th will he retire? I think it’s just the opposite: it will motivate him even more to win Super Bowl 56. Besides, he has a $25 million guaranteed contract for next season, so unless something changes with his passion for the game, if it dissipates, or if he physically bdoesn’t feel capable, then I believe he will return for at least one more year. Tom will be 44 in August.
I’m going to start off with Tom Brady Sr. Tom and his dad are best friends and golfing buddies. Brady Sr. and I became friendly when I was researching my *Brady vs. Manning* book and I always found him forthcoming.
Tom Brady told his father how he will determine when to quit. He put it in simple terms: as long as he doesn’t suck, he will keep playing. Makes sense.
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