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What they’re saying in Boston about Tom Brady, Bucs

After winning six Super Bowls in nine tries with the Patriots, Brady remains a popular topic in Boston.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and family celebrate his seventh Super Bowl championship, and first with Tampa Bay.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and family celebrate his seventh Super Bowl championship, and first with Tampa Bay. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Feb. 8

After Tampa Bay and, well, Kansas City, Boston still has tons of interest in what Tom Brady and the Bucs did on Sunday, winning Super Bowl 55 to give Brady his seventh ring.

Brady played his first 20 seasons in New England, going to his first nine Super Bowls with the Patriots before heading to Tampa Bay.

Here is a sampling of what Boston media had to say:

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe:

The same age as president-elect JFK, older than Elvis lived to be, Camelot quarterback Tom Brady is still The King.

Brady, 43 years old, beat the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday night, capping the greatest individual sports story of this century.

After 20 seasons and six Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, Brady relocated to Tampa Bay in March and engineered the greatest revenge tour in football history. It took him a couple of months to get acclimated, but he got hot in December, then capped a playoff tour de force with three touchdown passes in one of the most-hyped matchups in the history of the Super Bowl.

Ben Volin, Boston Globe

Tom Brady has had better seasons than this one, and he’s had more memorable performances than the one he had Sunday night.

But this accomplishment — taking the reins of a 7-9 Bucs team that hadn’t won a playoff game in 13 years, and leading it to a Super Bowl title this year at age 43 — is the single greatest achievement of Brady’s incredible career.

“How about that?” Brady said rhetorically as he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for a seventh time.

Quarterbacks aren’t supposed to thrive at Brady’s age. And they certainly aren’t supposed to win a championship in their first season with a new team, new offense and new cast of characters. Especially during a pandemic, when Brady didn’t have offseason practices or preseason games. To top it off, Brady took down the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks en route to the title — Drew Brees, MVP Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald

Trying to turn the losingest franchise in the history of football into a winner seemed like mission impossible 10 months ago.

So did running a playoff gauntlet that included Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.

When it comes to Tom Brady, however, there’s no such thing as impossible, especially with a championship weighing in the balance.

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For the GOAT, no task is too great.

Brady’s ability to win, and continue to win after two decades defies both logic and description. And yet, it really doesn’t.

At every turn, Brady has come out a winner.

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