Super Bowl LV was a must-watch event for a multitude of reasons, but one of the biggest talking points was the highly-anticipated match-up between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, according to The New York Times. As CNN advised, Brady is exactly 18 years and 45 days older than the Kansas City Chiefs star, making theirs the biggest age difference in the history of the event. Ahead of their meeting on Sunday, Mahomes admitted, “As I continue in my career, I am still trying to do whatever I can to watch the tape on him.”
The quarterback, who was last year’s Super Bowl MVP, also argued Brady “is doing it the right way, and you can tell by how many Super Bowl championships he has, and the rings on his fingers.” After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ultimately emerged victorious, with Brady named MVP, Mahomes acknowledged, “They were the better team today … but I’m proud of the guys and how they fought to the very end of the game,” (via CBS Sports). The young quarterback was also glimpsed speaking covertly to his rival and friend and, now, we know exactly what was said.
Brady and Mahomes were nothing but complimentary
As USA Today reports, Sunday marked yet another major moment in Brady’s celebrated career. It was his tenth trip to the Super Bowl overall and, aside from being named MVP for the fifth time, the legendary athlete scored his seventh Super Bowl title too. However, although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar is loved by many, Brady has been criticized in the past for his lack of sportsmanship on the field — particularly following losses. Although Brady is almost always quick with a “good game!” handshake, he’s never met at midfield with the quarterback from the winning team.
Mahomes, however, does not have the same issue, and he was one of the first Chiefs players to congratulate Brady personally. Mahomes told his victor he was “awesome,” to which Brady responded “keep in touch.” It’s doubly impressive considering the Chiefs quarterback was reeling from his first Super Bowl loss. It’s worth noting, while still with the New England Patriots, Brady outright refused to shake Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles’ hand, even though he met several of his teammates backstage.
Likewise, Brady didn’t meet with New York Giants’ Eli Manning following their game at Super Bowl XLII, while he left the field immediately after their loss, again at the hands of the Giants, at Super Bowl XLVI. Brady has always been glad to shake hands after winning games but otherwise steers clear. It looks like Mahomes wants to reset the balance while he’s on the other side of the divide.
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