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Tom Brady Benches New England

This past weekend, former New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a hefty two-year, $50 million contract. Brady’s announcement to part ways with the Patriots after spending his entire career there came as a shock and further disappointment for many while under quarantine due to COVID-19. In a two-part post that was submitted via Twitter and Instagram, Brady enforced the idea of wanting to maximize his potential; at the same time, thanking the staff, his teammates, and most of all the city of Boston.

While this has been a big blow for many, it has given others in local media and even the government within Tampa Bay something to cheer about amid the coronavirus pandemic. In giving a coronavirus update, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could not help but slip in a Tom Brady shoutout to lighten the mood. DeSantis said, "Think of how much the whole world has changed...Tom Brady is coming to Tampa! That's like the biggest news...but that seems like such a distant thing to grab onto right now because we're in this day-to-day fight."

As for sports reporters and commentators, many hope that this will bring Tampa Bay back from obscurity come next Super Bowl. After their starting quarterback Jameis Winston threw 30 interceptions last season, Tom Brady has now become the hope that Tampa has been looking for.

While the coronavirus may put a damper on the NFL season, there is no doubt that Brady will succeed under this new environment. Tampa Bay will be there with open arms to provide Brady with whatever he needs for the team to succeed. With time and the hopeful extinction of COVID-19, we can definitely see Tom Brady’s already successful career reach new heights beyond the borders of Boston, Massachusetts. Leave a comment down below about what you think of this new change for Tom Brady. Was it the right thing to do?

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