“Don’t Hate the Player; Hate the Game”

By: Max Marinelli (Editor, ‘22)


Love him or hate him, Tom Brady signed to an entirely new team with an entirely new scheme this year and he STILL took down greats like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes on his way to his seventh—yes, seventh—Super Bowl victory. I don’t intend to come off as a Brady-worshiper, especially since the ways in which he’s won have never been perfect or without question, but TB12’s unqualified and seemingly undying dominance has never before been seen. Fans of any team should take a moment next season to truly appreciate the once-in-a-lifetime player that Brady is because whether it’s Brady’s last season or not, he has long been and always will be the epitome of efficiency, simplicity, and triumph in NFL football—then please feel free to turn back the dial to your regularly scheduled hatred of the man. I doubt that Brady will retire after next season, though, since he has commented that he wishes to play until he’s forty-five and possibly even beyond (it’s worth noting that a forty-four-year-old Brady will enter next season in the second and final year of his contract with the Buccaneers).

While Tom Brady’s tenth Super Bowl was somewhat lacking in excitement due to the Chief’s blunders on both sides of the ball, let’s take a look at some of the various records that were set in SBLV:

Records set by Brady:

  • Super Bowl wins: 7. More than any franchise (Steelers and Patriots have 6).

  • Super Bowl appearances: 10. Falling short only to the Patriots franchise (11).

  • Super Bowl MVPs: 5. Montana is the runner-up with 3.

  • Oldest QB to win a Super Bowl: 43 years, 188 days.

  • Only QB to win a Super Bowl in 3 decades: 2000s, 2010s, 2020s.

  • Only QB to win a Super Bowl in both conferences.

Robert Gronkowski:

  • Brady threw two TDs to Gronk in the Super Bowl, bringing the duo’s playoff TD total to 14 (breaking the tie with Montana and Rice, who had 12).

  • Gronk became the only receiver to catch a pass in 5 separate Super Bowls.

  • Gronk became the only player in NFL history to score the first two TDS of a Super Bowl.

Miscellaneous:

  • The Buccaneers became the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl at home.

  • Bruce Arians became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl: 68 years, 127 days.

Patrick Mahomes also became the first QB to play in the Super Bowl without an offensive line—haha—seriously, though, the poor man had to run for nearly 500 yards before passing or being sacked, the most by a QB in any game this season. Additionally, otherwise-reliable receivers such as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce each had untimely drops, there were questionable holding and pass interference calls, and Andy Reid was utterly outcoached. It seemed as if, as always, everything seemed to just fall into place for Tom Brady, now the undisputed greatest of all time (GOAT), en route to his 7th Super Bowl victory, a record which very well may never be broken.