Super Bowl 2021 The list will be extended next Sunday in Tampa
ASome are members of the Hall of Fame who were among the most prominent figures in the NFL. Others are anonymous role-players whose contributions went largely unnoticed by the majority.
There are veterans who joined in for one last attempt at the title, and astonished rookies who were thrown onto the Super Bowl stage.
Their proper names go from A to Z, with eight of them named Brandon – a ninth named Brandin – and five players named Kyle.
All of them are part of the Brady Gang, the 218 players who have participated in a Super Bowl as teammates of Tom Brady in his nine trips prior to the title game with New England. That list will grow more than 40 names next Sunday, when Brady plays his 10th Super Bowl in Tampa and his first with his new team, the Buccaneers.
Of those players who have been part of the Brady cast, 164 got a Super Bowl ring at the end of the trip, representing about 25% of the players who were on the winning team in the Super Bowl since Brady became the starting quarterback in 2001.
Some got carried away on the crossbar and barely made a mark in those six titles won by Brady. Others contributed key plays that decided such encounters, Whether it was Malcolm Butler’s crucial interception at the edge of the end zone that sealed the victory over Seattle, or Adam Vinatieri’s field goals in front of San Luis and Carolina.
Here’s a look at some of them:
No one has played more Super Bowls with Brady than Stephen Gostkowski, who accompanied him six times during his spells with New England. Rob Gronkowski may join that group just behind Gostkowski this year with his fifth appearance, tying the number of Matt Light, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Matthew Slater.
There are 26 players who have been to three Super Bowl wins as Brady teammates, and Gronkowski hopes to join that group this year.
Three of Brady’s teammates in Super Bowls are beforehand inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, and more are likely to do so in the future. Ty Law, who was part of New England’s first three champion teams, entered the Canton, Ohio campus in 2019 and is the only one of the three to have entered based primarily on his performance alongside Brady.
Randy Moss and Junior Seau teamed up with Brady on their career sunsets and both made a big impact during a perfect 16-0 regular season in 2007, but failed to win on their only trip to the Super Bowl.
Brady has completed passes to 37 players in his previous nine Super Bowls, and very few of them stand out as his favorite targets. Julian Edelman and Deion Branch, both named Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl with Brady, are tied for the most receptions at 24 each. Edelman’s 337 yards amassed 16 more than Branch recorded in passes thrown by Brady.
Gronkowski could pass them this year by reaching the NFL final with 23 receptions for 297 yards. He already has the mark for the most touchdown passes thrown by Brady with three, one more than David Givens, Danny Amendola and linebacker Mike Vrabel.
Tampa Bay defender Jason Pierre-Paul has the opportunity to join a much more exclusive roster as one of the players who have beaten Brady in a Super Bowl and won a title as his teammate, after being part of the team. of the Giants who defeated New England after the 2011 season. Pierre-Paul defended two passes and delivered a hit to the quarterback in a 21-17 victory that season.
The only others who have done so are Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount. Both were champions in 2016 with the Patriots and later champions with Philadelphia the following season, when the Eagles bungled an attempt to defend the title. Blount also won a Super Bowl with Brady in the 2014 campaign.