How Bucs’ Tom Brady Really Helps the Lightning Stanley Cup Dynasty

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Getty Tom Brady's TB12 Method has been a help for Lightning star Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s influence on the Tampa Lightning isn’t one of mere chance.

For Lightning leading scorer and captain Steven Stamkos, it’s very practical.

“I’ve taken up the TB12 Method,” Stamkos told ESPN. “I eat kale. I’m not as die-hard as Tom, I don’t think. But they have the TB12 clinic up in Tampa, and I’m a frequent flier there.”

Stamkos led the Lightning in scoring this season with 42 goals and 64 assists for 106 points. He helped the Lightning return to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Colorado Avalanche. Stamkos is among many professional athletes who have adopted practices from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s health and wellness company.

Since Brady joined the Bucs in 2020, the Lightning have won back-to-back Stanley Cups. The Lightning seek a three-peat when the finals get underway in Denver on Wednesday, June 15.

“We always joke that Tom Brady comes, coincidence that he comes and all these championships? I don’t know, but it’s sure a fun story,” Stamkos told ESPN.

Other professional sports teams thriving with Brady in town has happened before. The Boston Bruins, Celtics, and  Red Sox all won titles during Brady’s 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots.

Stamkos also shared that he’s big into fantasy football. He didn’t share if he uses Bucs offensive players or the defense of his fantasy team.

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Brady Draws Former Teammates to Tampa Bay

Brady’s effect on the Bucs has included former teammates joining him in Tampa Bay since his 2020 arrival.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski did it first followed by wide receiver Antonio Brown. Three more former New England teammates joined Brady this year. That’s guard Shaq Mason, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, and defensive back Logan Ryan.

“It feels good,” Brady told the media on June 9. “And it feels good because you know what those guys are capable of. I think they have a very high expectation for their level of play. ”

“When you’ve been in the trenches with those guys, you know what they’re all about. I think the more of those guys you have – that caliber of player that can play at a championship level— the better it is,” Brady added.

Brady: ‘It Feels Like a Long  Time Ago’

Brady and the Bucs couldn’t keep pace with the Lightning and win back-to-back titles, falling short against the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs.

After a 41-day retirement, Brady opted to return to the Bucs and cited “unfinished business” in reference to the playoff loss. The Bucs look to win a second Super Bowl in three years this coming season.

“It feels like a long time ago,” Brady told the media on June 9. “A lot has happened between now and then. It was just a lot of different things. It was a while ago. I feel like I’ve kind of moved past that point to be honest. But I’m happy I’m back with my teammates.”

“It’s going to be a great year,” Brady added. “We’re going to work really hard. We have high expectations for what we are trying to accomplish. We’ve got a lot of good players – it doesn’t matter much – we’ve got to go out and do it. We’ve got to go earn it. We’ve got some competitive practices coming up. I’m most excited about this team and what we can try to accomplish.”