Wildly successful Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady, is the 2021 Sportsperson of the year.
“Back in 2005 when I first won this award, I was a fresh-faced punk with something to prove. And now, I actually think I feel the same way,” the NFL star relayed during his acceptance speech.
2021 marks the year in which Brady became the third person to win the award more than once. Within his 22-year-long career in the NFL, he has certainly proved himself to be more than capable. As a seven-time Super Bowl champion and a five-time Super Bowl MVP, he has established his significance within the sport of football. However, people continue to look at Brady in awe because of his age. Although well into his 40s, he continued to dominate on the field.
Poking fun at his age, he shared, “I certainly never imagined my future looking like this. Sports Illustrated has been presenting this award since 1954—and no Gronk, that wasn’t my rookie year with the Patriots.”
Tom Brady discusses the improtance of working in a team in relation to football
Being the class act he always is, Brady went on to note that accepting individual awards often feels like writing off the hard work of all his team members. He made sure to include the sentiments, “Individual awards in a team sport always make me feel a bit uneasy because nothing can be accomplished without the team. It’s always about the team.”
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“Needless to say I am beyond grateful, and even though I’m pretty sure I only won because they weren’t able to fly Giannis here from Milwaukee tonight,” he also said, adding some humor to the entire situation.
The athlete went on to thank his coaches, teammates, and family members before discussing that he might be in the league for another 16 years. With a desire to win the award for the third time alongside LeBron James, Brady also shared he looks forward to keeping himself motivated.
“Accepting an award like this in the middle of the season is very new for me, we still have a long way to go to achieve our goal,” he commented. Brady then voiced, “And as you guys know, I keep that chip on my shoulder, so I’m going to go home, I’m going to turn on a loop of all the interceptions that I’ve thrown this year to put me right back and even myself out for the night.”
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