After an unpredictable 2020 football season, Tom Brady has done it again. In his tenth Super Bowl appearance and seventh Super Bowl win, Brady led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl win since the 2002-03 season. Tampa Bay defeated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs with a devastating score of 31-9. “Just really proud of all the guys. All the coaches. The effort we put in,” Brady said. “You want to get this far and get the job done, and we did it."
Super Bowl LV was record-setting in many ways, ranging from the pandemic to the field and even Tampa itself. The Buccaneer win was the ultimate accomplishment as the COVID-19 pandemic left the season questionable and resulted in the smallest attendance in Super Bowl history. This year, the NFL allowed 25,500 fans to attend the game. There were also 30,000 cardboard cutouts of football fans to help celebrate the event. In an additional historic moment, Super Bowl LV was the first time a team played the Super Bowl at their home stadium. Brady and Mahomes also set a record for the largest age gap between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. Brady is currently 43 while Mahomes is 18 years younger at 25. Mahomes also became the youngest quarterback to start in two Super Bowls.
It is fair to say Tampa is in a state of bliss as their professional teams have had immense success this past year. The Lightning won the 2020 Stanley Cup and the Rays made their way to the World Series for the first time last year, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games (4-2). With Tom Brady helping lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in his first season away from the New England Patriots, there may be more Super Bowl visits in coming years.
Regardless if you are a diehard Bucs fan or a Tom Brady hater, every Bobcat had someone to root for on Super Bowl Sunday. Travis Jonsen, a former MSU wide receiver and quarterback, has been on the Tampa Bay practice squad. While both playing quarterback and wide receiver at MSU was overwhelming, “I wouldn’t change any of it because I believe it molded me to the man I am today,” Jonsen said. Today, Jonsen takes advice from players like veteran Buccaneers receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Evans. Jonsen still holds Bozeman in his heart, as demonstrated when he read to a third-grade class at Whittier Elementary School in Bozeman and shared his stories about the NFL to teach children to aim high. Follow Jonsen on his journey as he ventures on and hopes to continue playing football in the NFL.