The 2021 Super Bowl Spotlight: Tom Brady


Ashley Dang

With dedication and years of experience, Tom Brady has secured the title of MVP once again. His amazing feat has definitely left an impression on the millions of people who tuned in to watch the Super Bowl.

Sejal Mohan, Reporter

The Super Bowl happened on Sunday, February 7th this year. To ensure safety precautions against COVID-19, seating for this event was limited; they even made cardboard cutouts to preserve the appearance of a full audience while separating those who attended the game. 

Senior Mallika Satish shares “We could not have a big party like usual because of COVID, but my neighborhood did host a collaborative block party type event outside in the cul de sac since we live in a super small community. Other than that, I just watched the game at home.”

The teams that made it to the final round for this year’s Super Bowl were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers won 31-9, resulting in the team’s quarterback, Tom Brady, being the MVP of the Super Bowl for the fifth time. because of his three touchdowns and an amazing 201-yard throw. The MVP is the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl and is elected by panels, as well as the audience. Brady has won MVP in the Super Bowl 36, 38, 49, 51, and now 55. 

Yash Vardhan says “I thought the game was pretty interesting. I expected a much closer match between the two teams and hoped that the CHiefs would edge out the Buccaneers. Overall the game was a little underwhelming, but the halftime show and the interesting advertisements made up for it.”

Brady started his football career with the New England Patriots in 2000. He was selected as the 199th and only in the sixth round of selection. However, through hard work and commitment, he built a legacy. He has been a quarterback for the Patriots for 20 seasons and was a starter for all the games he played in. His first time starting a Super Bowl was in 2001 when it was also his first time playing in the Super Bowl. His performance was stellar. With 145 yard throws, a touchdown, and no interceptions, he won MVP for the first time. 

Satish also shares that “As a born and raised Patriots fan, I obviously love Brady, but even aside from that, I think his stats speak for themselves. He has more Super Bowl wins than any NFL franchise, carried the Patriots to most of these wins, and has insane ratings along with his yards and touchdowns. GOAT or not, he’s a one-of-a-kind player.”

His career as a professional football player only improved from there. During his first game at the age of 24, he was recognized as the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl game. The Super Bowl in 2021 allowed Brady to be known as the oldest quarterback to win at 43 years old. In March of 2020, Brady switched teams, leaving the Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a two-year contract. The team switch allowed Brady to be the first quarterback to win the MVP award on two different teams. Brady has won a total of seven Super Bowl games, has participated in 10, and has scored 21 touchdowns during Super Bowl games. In the games on February 7th this year, Brady also broke the record for postseason touchdown receptions at his tally of 14. Whether you rooted for the Chiefs or the Bucs, we can all agree that Brady had an impressive season this year.