paving the way for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.
But when asked about the magnitude of his accomplishment — leading Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl since 2002 — and his decision to bet on himself and the Bucs, Brady preferred to deflect.
“This is an ultimate team sport,” Brady said. “We’ve had a lot of people work hard over a course of time to get to this point. It’s a tough journey to get here, so to go on the road, win another road playoff game is a great achievement.”
Again, Brady was asked about his journey, from face of the six-time world champion New England Patriots for 20 years to hitting the reset button with a previously 7-9 team that had the NFC’s longest playoff drought. But he kept focusing on everybody else.
He praised head coach Bruce Arians and his coordinators, Byron Leftwich, Todd Bowles and Keith Armstrong. He praised the young playmakers on both sides of the ball.
“It has taken a lot of people on all sides of the ball to come through … just an incredible journey for all of us,” Brady reiterated. “And I’m proud to be a part of it.”