Somehow, some way, Tom Brady has returned to the Super Bowl for the 10th time in his accomplished career. At the age of 43, Brady will become the oldest quarterback to ever start in a Super Bowl as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7 in Super Bowl 55. Who previously held this title, you ask? Tom Brady at the age of 41, defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.
Aside from being the oldest quarterback to ever play in a Super Bowl, Brady holds a plethora of NFL records and accolades. During his 19 years as a member of the New England Patriots, Brady was a three-time MVP, 14-time Pro Bowler and an NFL record six-time Super Bowl champion. Brady has the most wins in NFL history with 230, and he has led 48 game-winning drives, the third most of all time.
Once his contract with the New England Patriots expired at the end of the 2019-2020 season, many questioned Brady’s decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At 42 years old, what more did Brady have to prove? As the winningest quarterback in NFL history, Brady is already regarded as one of the best, if not the best, to ever play the game.
When he signed with the Buccaneers, a team that had not even reached the playoffs since 2007, fans were left wondering why Brady would sign with a team that was not viewed as a Super Bowl contender. But, despite beginning the season with a dismal 2-4 record, the Buccaneers quickly turned their season around and earned a Wild Card spot before beating the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers en route to Super Bowl 55.
Still, Brady and the Buccaneers enter the game as +145 underdogs to the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs, according to Vegas oddsmakers. The Chiefs entered the 2020-2021 season as favorites to win the title once again due to their abundance of weapons on offense. Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill finished the regular season second and eighth in receiving yards, respectively. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the high powered offense, finishing second in the league in total passing yards.
Super Bowl 55 marks the first time in NFL history that a team will play the Super Bowl at their home stadium, as this year’s matchup will be held in Tampa Bay, where Tom Brady will be looking to win his seventh ring. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.
Photo: At age 43, Tom Brady will helm the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. @buccaneers on Instagram