Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Arians’ gift for Tom Brady’s birthday: a day off

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians believes he knows the answer to the age-old question of what to give someone who has everything.

Arians offered the following on Monday when asked about Tom Brady’s upcoming birthday:

“It’s amazing the fire that burns in him to do this. … We’ll throw him a bone and give him a day off,” Arians said of Brady, who turns 44 on Tuesday.

Whether a day off will be appreciated by Brady, a known workaholic, is anyone’s guess.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion underwent knee surgery in February after reportedly playing through the entire 2020 season with an MCL injury.

The injury aside, Brady threw for 4,633 yards last season and tossed a team-record 40 touchdown passes — the second-highest total in a single season in his career. He threw three touchdown passes in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl MVP honors for the fifth time.

“That’s the GOAT, man, that’s the GOAT,” Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead said of Brady. “He has a great team. A.G. Alex (Guerrero, trainer) takes care of him, man … he wants to be great. Going up against him every day, he just wants to get better.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 20, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speaks at the podium as President Joe Biden (left) and Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer (middle) react during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the team for their Super Bowl LV Championship. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady in attendance as champion Bucs visit White House

The White House welcomed the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a visit with President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

It marked the first visit by an NFL team to the White House since 2017. Then-President Donald Trump revoked the Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation in 2018, the New England Patriots chose not to attend in 2019 and the Kansas City Chiefs never made it to Washington, D.C., in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also represented seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady’s first visit to the White House since 2005. He skipped the Patriots’ trips in 2015 and 2017, the former while Barack Obama was in office and the latter with Trump.

Brady, who has described Trump as a “good friend” but has tried to avoid revealing his political alignment, joked with President Biden during Tuesday’s visit about Biden defeating Trump in the 2020 election.

“Not a lot of people think that we could’ve won. In fact, I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think we won,” Brady said, a reference to some Republicans’ efforts to investigate voter fraud and even overturn the election result.

“I understand that,” Biden interjected.

The Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl in franchise history the same season they added Brady, 43, who entered free agency after 20 seasons with New England. Brady will be 44 when he leads the Bucs into the 2021 season.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tom Brady played 2020 season on fully torn MCL

The legend of Tom Brady continues to grow.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback underwent knee surgery in February, with Brady calling it “pretty serious” in May. That much is known.

But Thursday, competing reports only added to the mystery and intrigue of Brady’s left knee.

The Tampa Bay Times opened with a report that Brady played the entire 2020 season on a partially torn MCL, only to be outdone with an NFL Network report that said it was actually fully torn.

Further, Brady reportedly sustained the injury in his final season with the New England Patriots in 2019.

“It was an injury I dealt with really since last, you know, April, May,” Brady said last month, following the Bucs’ mandatory minicamp. “I knew I would have to do something at the end of the year and happy I did it. It was probably something that certainly needed to be done and there was a great outcome so I’m very happy about that. I feel like there’s some things I’ll be able to do this year that I wasn’t able to do last year.”

Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns against 12 interceptions during the regular season, adding another 1,061 yards with 10 TDs in the postseason, including the Super Bowl victory.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady on playing until 50: ‘That’s a long time. Even for me’

Tom Brady has been getting the better of Father Time over the past few seasons.

With that said, the 43-year-old quarterback recently was asked if he could play until he’s 50. That number came up courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who said last month that if Brady “wants to play ’til he’s 50 and he’s still playing and he feels like he can still play, then he’ll play until he’s 50.”

Brady, however, said he has his doubts about that.

“Fifty? That’s a long time. Even for me, that’s a long time,” Brady told USA Today in advance of his 22nd NFL season. “I’ve always said 45 was the age that I wanted to reach and that was my goal. This year I’ll be 44, so next year I’ll be 45. I got a two-year contract.

“I’m going to be able to obviously play this year and God forbid anything happens but play next year and then see what happens after that. If I still want to keep playing, I might be able to do that. And if that’s enough, then that would be enough.”

Brady, who turns 44 on Aug. 3, won his seventh Super Bowl title in February while playing in his first season with the Buccaneers after 20 with the New England Patriots. He threw three touchdown passes in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl MVP honors for the fifth time.

Brady threw for 4,633 yards last season and tossed a team-record 40 touchdown passes, the second-highest total in a single season in his career.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) works out during mini camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Arians, Bucs happy to have Tom Brady back

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians delivered a concise summation when asked what impressed him most about quarterback Tom Brady’s activity on Tuesday.

“Went full speed,” Arians said after the team’s first minicamp practice, adding that Brady was typically eager for more work.

“He looked fine. I had to pull him out a couple (of times). The first period I said, ‘OK, you can have four,’ and he kept begging to go back in.”

A seven-time Super Bowl champion, Brady had minor surgery on his left knee after leading the Buccaneers to the title in February over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he seemingly believes he’s close to 100 percent.

Brady, who will turn 44 in August, posted a video of himself working out and had organized a workout with teammates last Friday.

Still, it was somewhat surprising that he was cleared fully.

“Yeah, the doctors and him – they both said he was good to go,” Arians said. “We’ll still be careful with what we’re doing with him, but trying to stop him from playing is pretty tough.”

Whether Brady can duplicate his 2020 regular season — 4,633 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 65.7 completion percentage — is up for debate, but what’s one more year when he did what he did at age 43.

He’ll have an even better grasp of Tampa’s offense.

“It’s that second, third, fourth read, where the guys are going to be, knowing (where to throw). …

“All that verbiage isn’t new now, so he can spit it out, he knows what it means, he knows where they’re going to be,” Arians said.

With an increased level of comfort in Year 2 with the Bucs, Brady and his receivers could be more dangerous.

“I think the biggest difference is that the timing is a little bit better,” receiver Chris Godwin said. “Like you said, the difference in him knowing the playbook, knowing what he likes and what he doesn’t like, and us knowing what to expect in terms of ball placement, velocity on the ball. All those things really do help. I would say that’s the biggest difference.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is seen prior to a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots owner ‘excited’ for Tom Brady’s Week 4 return

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is ready to embrace an old friend when Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium in Week 4 of the upcoming NFL season.

“Excited to have him,” Kraft told TMZ Sports on Friday. “He’s a great guy, and he did so much for us. I love him.”

Kraft’s response came two days after the 2021 season schedule was released by the NFL.

While Kraft admittedly is excited to see Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 3, the Patriots have other games to address before facing their former quarterback.

“We should have a fun night!” Kraft said. “But I’m excited for Week 1 … and we play Miami.”

Brady, 43, captured three NFL MVP awards and six Super Bowl titles during his 20 seasons with the Patriots. He left in free agency in March 2020 and added another Super Bowl championship in his first campaign with the Buccaneers.

“It’s like when your high school friends meet your college friends,” Brady wrote on Twitter of the teams’ matchup.

Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Buccaneers last season.

Conversely, the Patriots look to rebound after a 7-9 record last season resulted in missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Cam Newton, first-round draft pick Mac Jones out of Alabama and Jarrett Stidham are the team’s quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady looks on before Alex Oliveira (Red Gloves) fights Randy Brown (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady Sr. ‘salivating’ over Bucs-Patriots clash

Tom Brady appears to be bracing for an awkward reunion when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit his former team, the New England Patriots, on Oct. 3.

The quarterback’s father, Tom Brady Sr., had a much different take, however.

The father is anxiously awaiting his son’s return to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., after the latter spent the first 20 seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots.

“I saw the schedule come out last night, and I started salivating when I saw that we play the Patriots in the fourth game of the season and that we’re coming up here to make our record 4-0 after the fourth game,” Brady Sr. said on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston on Thursday morning.

“We expect to beat the Patriots rather handily, frankly.”

The son quickly took to social media and offered a much different view of the game.

“It’s like when your high school friends meet your college friends,” Brady, 43, wrote on Twitter.

The younger Brady will return to his former NFL home as a seven-time Super Bowl champion, his latest coming last year in his first season with the Buccaneers.

“I think that the fans at Gillette will embrace him until the opening kickoff, and then they’re gonna boo the hell out of him, which is great,” Brady Sr. said.

“I think the fans appreciate everything he’s done. I assume that the fans have appreciated everything he’s done for them for 20 years, but at the same time they’re Patriots fans, they’re not Buccaneers fans. So while you’re rooting for Tommy, you’re rooting against the Buccaneers.”

–Field Level Media

Apr 18, 2021; Fort Lauderdale, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in attendance for the match between Inter Miami CF and the Los Angeles Galaxy at DRV PNK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Tom Brady, Bucs to visit Patriots in Week 4

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the decorated quarterback’s former team, the New England Patriots, in Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The Bleacher Report was first to report that Brady will make his first trip to Gillette Stadium as a visitor on Oct. 3 when the teams play on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The game will also pit Brady against his former coach, Bill Belichick.

The full schedule for the 2021 regular season is scheduled to be released Wednesday night.

Brady won six Super Bowl titles in 20 seasons with the Patriots before adding one more to that total last season in his first campaign with the Buccaneers.

Brady could be in line to surpass Drew Brees in all-time passing yards during the game on Oct. 3. The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player trails the now-retired Brees by 1,154 yards.

–Field Level Media

Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady looks on before Alex Oliveira (Red Gloves) fights Randy Brown (Blue Gloves) during UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs-Cowboys opener headlines NFL Week 1

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open defense of the Lombardi Trophy on Sept. 9 at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay hosts the Dallas Cowboys in the primetime Thursday night opener at the site of the Bucs’ Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in February.

Quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to return from a season-ending ankle injury and take the field for the first time since signing a four-year, $160 million deal in March.

The full schedule for the 2021 regular season is scheduled to be released Wednesday night.

In Week 1, NBC’s Sunday night game pits the Chicago Bears visiting the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.

The “Monday Night Football” opener features the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders.

Among the other key games between 2020 contenders is a playoff rematch between the Cleveland Browns and Chiefs.

There will be intrigue involving quarterbacks in the build up of two other games: the Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers versus the New York Jets.

Aaron Rodgers’ future is in question with the Packers and the Saints are without Drew Brees, who retired after last season.

Sam Darnold is the central figure in the Panthers-Jets matchup. Darnold was acquired by Carolina from New York in April.

–Field Level Media

Apr 18, 2021; Fort Lauderdale, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; Inter Miami CF owner David Beckham greets Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady prior the game between Inter Miami CF and Los Angeles Galaxy at DRV PNK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady’s assessment of jersey number rule: ‘Dumb’

Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (99) reacts after a sack of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady isn’t impressed with the new rule approved by NFL owners that relaxes the jersey number limitations for a slew of positions, calling it “dumb” on Thursday.

NFL owners approved the rule change that now allows linebackers to wear any number between 1 and 59, defensive backs between 1 and 49, and defensive linemen any number between 50 and 79 as well as 90 to 99.

“Good luck trying to block the right people now!” Brady posted to Instagram. “Going to make for a lot of bad football!

“Why not let the Lineman wear whatever they want too? Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys…why not wear the same number?…DUMB,” Brady posted.

–Field Level Media