Video of Tom Brady going to find his son Jack immediately following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ NFC Championship win went viral within hours online, drawing millions of viewers. The quarterback put his own spin on the Lambeau Leap after the Buccaneers’ 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers, which has Brady and his team heading to Super Bowl LV on February 7.
“Can I say hi to my son?” Brady asks in the moment before climbing the sideline fence to greet his son. Laughing, Brady tells his son, “Love you kiddo. What do you think about that? We’re gonna go to the Super Bowl, baby! What do you think?” His son replies, “Good job,” before Brady wraps up the conversation, saying, “I love you, man. Way to go. … I’ll call you a bit later.”
Brady shared with Jim Gray of Westwood One Sports on January 24 what the moment was about.
“Oh man, he’s such a trooper,” Brady told Gray about Jack. “A good friend of mine, my friend Tom Wagner was flying to the game, and he said, ‘I wonder if Jack could come, we’ll be in and out in the same day,’ and Jack was all in.
“He (Jack) came and watched, sitting out there in the freezing cold, and was just so happy at the end, it just made — I mean you can’t be any better for a dad than that,” Brady added. “He’s a special kid. I love my family. Obviously, I love my team. No greater feeling than to spend those moments with all of us together after a great win.”
Skip Bayless Got It Right
Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless went out on a limb predicting Brady would lead the Bucs to the Super Bowl back in March 2020, per the Undisputed.
“They are Super Bowl-bound because of Brady,” he said.
Brady stunned the world by signing with the Bucs in March 2020 as a free agent after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, where he won six Super Bowls in nine trips. The Bucs won a Super Bowl 18 years ago but own the worst winning percentage in league history at .393 and six playoff wins before 2020, the third worst all time.
Tampa turned things around with Brady this season, going 11-5 and winning three games straight on the road in the playoffs. The Buccaneers now become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium.
Brady has broken several franchise records in his first season with Tampa Bay. For the second year in a row, the team broke its own record for points, scoring 465 points in 2020 over the previous year’s 458 points. Brady also set a new record for regular-season touchdown passes with 40 (compared to the previous record of 33), received the highest-ever passer rating for Tampa Bay at 102.2 and had a record-setting streak of at least two touchdown passes in seven straight games, according to Buccaneers senior writer Scott Smith.
During the January 24 game against the Packers, Brady set a new franchise record for postseason touchdown passes with six in his third playoff game with the team, CBS Sports reported. He also set a new franchise record for passing yards with 381, 47% higher than the previous record set by Brad Johnson in 2003, Smith pointed out. And there’s more.
The season got off to a rough start for Brady off the field as his parents battled COVID-19, his father, Tom Brady Sr., revealed on January 25. Tom Brady Sr., 76, shared about it on ESPN Radio’s Greeny on Monday following the Bucs’ win, saying he was hospitalized for three weeks and that his son FaceTimed him every day.
“We’ve never missed a game whether Michigan or New England or wherever,” Brady Sr. told Greenberg. “For the first two (Bucs) games when I was in the hospital, I didn’t even care if they were playing, much less missing the game. It was a matter of life and death, just like anybody that goes to the hospital. It’s serious stuff.”
The elder Brady said he and his wife, Galynn, hope to attend the Super Bowl. “This year has been unbelievable,” he told Greeny host Mike Greenberg. “Not knowing where we’re going to start the season out, and being where we are to end the season is just a stunning development as far as I’m concerned. … Getting to the 10th Super Bowl in 19 years of playing is pretty — it’s incomprehensible, actually. It’s beyond anything we could ever imagine.”