TAMPA, Fla. (WNN) – Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl, throwing Troy Brown, Jermaine Wiggins, and David Patton and earning his seventh ring firing pass to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski.
There is a significant talent gap between their first crew of tours in New England and the all-star cast they have in Tampa Bay, but the common theme is No. 12.
Brady won with Dion Branch, David Givens, Brandon LaFell, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola helping Julian Edelman and Wes Welker to stardom.
He relies on throws on his running back, from JR Redmond and Kevin Faulk to Shane Wren and James White. Their tight ends have always been a favorite target from Wiggins, Daniel Graham and Benjamin Watson to Aaron Hernandez, Martellus Bennett and Gronkowski.
Brady’s best receiver along the way was Hall of Famer Randy Moss. They broke records together and went 16-0 in 2007 but could not win it all.
The five-time Super Bowl MVP, 44, faces the Patriots on Sunday night for the first time since leaving New England after 20 years. He’ll see a lot of familiar faces on the opposite side, including his lead receiver from his first Super Bowl win two decades ago.
Troy Brown caught Brady’s six passes for 89 yards when the Patriots stunned the Rams in “The Greatest Show on the Turf” in Super Bowl 36. Brown now trains New England wide receivers and kick returners.
“I played with the guy for a long time and coached him for a few years,” Brown said. “It’s a little weird, but at the end of the day, it’s still about competing and going against each other. That’s what it comes down to. I mean, I know I’m not playing, but still “You’re approaching the game as we do every other team around the league, it’s that we do everything we can to prepare for it. We’ll look at the game the same way.” “Not because Tom Brady is Tom Brady or whatever, because it’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We have a really good football team.”
Brown is not surprised that Brady is still playing at an elite level after all these years. GOAT already has 10 touchdown passes from three games, which gives him the momentum to build a new career. He threw 50 TD passes, including 23, to Moss in ’07.
“Well, I guess if anyone could pull it off, it would be Tom Brady,” Brown said. “He’s been that kind of guy throughout his career. There’s no reason to think he still wouldn’t be playing. He said when he got into the league that he’d play forever. And so, he wanted to make it come true. Trying, I guess.”
Wiggins took two catches for 14 yards in New England’s first Super Bowl win. Boston native Brady can’t believe the switched teams.
“Since he left, I still haven’t recovered from it. I never thought I would see it coming where he would be wearing another uniform,” said Wiggins. “Brady I thought That would be the guy I thought the uniform he would wear would be the New England Patriots. Then when he left, it was strange to see him in that Tampa Bay uniform. To this day I am not used to it because that championship she won there, I think it could have been another championship she won in New England. “
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this week that he does not want Brady to leave.
“He looked at his options and made his decision. We weren’t as good of an option as Tampa,” Belichick said on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI. “You have to ask him about all that, but it wasn’t a question of not wanting him, that’s for sure.”
Brady would not elaborate on a report that Belichick spoke to him on the phone instead of meeting him in person when he was a free agent last year.
“All those things are super personal. We had a great relationship. I think it was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could,” Brady said. “It was an amazing time. It was handled well. I think everyone understood where we were, the people involved in the situation. Things have worked out for the best of all of us and we are trying to do the best we can now.
For anyone who plays Brady, he always does his best.
WNN Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed.
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