Tom Brady has finally revealed what led to his decision to toss the Lombardi Trophy over the Hillsborough River during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl boat parade last month.
During an appearance on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' on Tuesday (March 3), Brady acknowledged the since viral video, admitting he "doesn't remember that quite as well" as others, but pieced together some of the details.
"First of all, I was not thinking at that moment. It was not a thought. It was, 'This seems really fun to do,'" Brady said while laughing. "Not to mention, when you get your hands on one of those trophies, there's a lot of really sharp edges on the bottom. ... I found out later, had that been an incomplete pass, that would have went down like 80 feet. I'm so happy that [tight end] Cam [Brate caught it]."
Sources within the Buccaneers organization confirmed to ESPN that the team would have ordered a replacement for the trophy if a mishap had occurred.
Brady also said his 8-year-old daughter, Vivi, was the child heard shouting, "Daddy, no" just before he threw the championship trophy.
"That's my little 8-year-old daughter," Brady said. "Who could imagine that an 8-year-old girl would have the most sense of anybody in that whole area? I mean, she's the voice of reason. Go figure."
The quarterback also reiterated that the viral video of him walking out of the parade was "a little bit of both" sea legs and too much avocado tequila.
"It was definitely a moment of celebration. I'm happy I'm on land at that point. Absolutely.
"I'm happy I'm being surrounded by my fellow quarterback Griff [Ryan Griffin] at the right place at the right time. Who could have a friend better than that? Making sure I was just so comfortable walking off the boat like that.
Brady finished Super Bowl LV with 201 yards and three touchdowns on 21 of 29 passing, winning a record fifth Super Bowl MVP Award, which surpassed his own previous record set in Super Bowl LI (2017.)
The victory was Brady's first as a member of the Buccaneers after joining the franchise in March following 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Brady now owns a 7-3 record all-time in the NFL's biggest game and surpassed his own previous record for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback (6) set in February 2019. The 43-year-old also broke his own record as the oldest quarterback to both start and win a Super Bowl also set in 2019.
The win was Tampa Bay's second Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The Buccaneers are also the only team in NFL history to both host and win a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
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