Last season Leonard Fournette signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, even though he knew he would be playing behind number one receiver Ronald Jones. Still, Fournette helped the Buccaneers win their first Super Bowl since 2002 with an outstanding postseason performance. Asked by NFL Network’s MJ Acosta-Ruiz about what he learned from playing with Tom Brady, Fournette mentioned three words the quarterback said to his teammates last season. Keep fighting, Fournette said, referring to Brady’s message to his teammates, especially in games where they are overmatched, according to a report from Span’s Chris Rosvoglou.
Throughout the season, when we were struggling in certain games, he stepped up, Fournette added, calling Brady’s leadership exceptional.
Fournette praises Brady’s leadership
Fournette said Brady is a good example of why guys want to play with him and for him. And that’s why he led us to the Super Bowl. Fournette almost gave up in the regular season, playing a limited role behind Jones, but he came out when Jones went out with an injury. He finished the regular season with 97 carries for 367 yards and six touchdowns and added 64 carries for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs. In the 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, Fournette ran the ball 16 times for 89 yards and a score and added four receptions for 46 yards.
Fournette recently signed a one-year, $4 million contract to remain with the Buccaneers and Super Bowl rings. Instead of being a new face, I came back to a team I felt good about, Fournette said in an earlier interview about why he decided to re-sign with the Buccaneers despite better offers on the free agent market.
Brady Jokes for the 21st Century Anniversary of his development
Twenty-one years ago, the New England Patriots selected Brady as the 199th. chosen in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Patriots left Brady as the fourth quarterback that year, but he eventually got the backup job the following season. He was pushed into the starting position after Drew Bledsoe’s injury ended the season, and everything else became history.
Once he assumed the role of start-up, Brady never looked back and led the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles in his 20 years in New England before signing with the Buccaneers last season. So Brady took the time to celebrate the special day with a witty joke on his Twitter account, as reported by Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston. Brady, 43, shared the post from Front Office Sports and accompanied it with the words Big Day. In my NFL career, I can legally buy beer.
Brady will make his 22nd appearance next season. Playing in the NFL for the first year and trying to lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory.
Brady recently signed a four-year extension that essentially gives him a chance to reach his goal of playing until he is 45.
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