After 20 very successful years of football together, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick parted ways. On March 17, 2020, Tom Brady announced that he would be ending his long, Super-Bowl filled career with the New England Patriots. He would then continue that career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that has improved a great deal with the addition of this living football legend. They even went on to win Super Bowl LV, led by Tom Brady, who proved that he can win no matter what team he plays for.
Together, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are a powerhouse duo. Apart from one another, Tom Brady has had great success and improved the Buccaneers’ record from past years. After Brady’s departure, the Patriots have struggled, with a losing record last season and a losing record so far this season. Whenever people think of the Patriots, they likely think of one of the best NFL teams. But despite their amazing history, the team isn’t the same as it used to be.
Last Sunday, October 3rd, the New England Patriots faced off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay went into the game as the favorites, but the game shaped up to be a close one. The first quarter was slow, with the Bucs making one 29-yard field goal, putting them up 3-0. Although Brady surpassed Drew Brees’ record for most pass yards, by the time halftime came around, the Patriots got on the board with a touchdown. But the Bucs would make another field goal at 44 yards. Bill Belichick and his team were up at the half, and I am sure they went into the third quarter knowing that the Bucs had a full head of steam. In the third quarter, the Buccaneers scored a touchdown, putting them up 13-7 going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots missed a 56-yard field goal attempt, giving the Buccaneers the 19-17 victory over the Patriots.
After the game, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady quickly hugged and congratulated each other. It was no special moment, but it was nice to see the two of them acknowledge each others’ accomplishments, and hopefully even be happy for one another. They are two very important people of the sport that have been very successful. Both have had great careers, and they both have bright futures ahead.