TAMPA ― It’s almost time for a different episode of Tommy & Gronky, the kiddie pool toe-dipping, palm tree-waving, seaside chair-sitting Florida bro-cation that ended with a championship in Tremendous Bowl 55.

They are again to protect their title with humor and just the right amount of money of hubris.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski had a ton of exciting through the skits produced by the Bucs’ social media staff very last 12 months.

But the very last snicker belonged to the quarterback. The year finished with a drunken Brady tossing the Lombardi Trophy above the Hillsborough River. The jokes ongoing for Brady in viral films, at the White Household and throughout the Bucs’ ring ceremony final 7 days.

Brady has been self-deprecating on late night time displays and refreshingly edgy for the duration of interviews on HBO’s ’’The Store.” For the duration of a podcast with Jim Grey, he compared himself to Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretsky and mentioned of NFL execs, “there aren’t as numerous wise individuals as you think there are.”

The model of Brady that Tampa Bay is observing is nearer to what Gronkowski has acknowledged his quarterback to be guiding shut locker place doorways in New England all those years.

But it’s thoroughly distinct than the buttoned up, cliché-spitting edition of Brady NFL admirers turned accustomed to through 20 seasons, nine Tremendous Bowl appearances and six championships in New England.

“I consider it is excellent that he’s displaying that facet,” Gronkowski claimed. “I think it’s excellent for football, I believe it is fantastic for the followers. I think it’s wonderful for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When you’re taking part in a sport, you do not want to be uptight. You want to generally be loose and prepared to go, and it’s just interesting to see that facet of him, carrying out all that action, all the minimal foolish opinions, the jokes. It retains everyone loose and on their toes. And it is enjoyable, far too.”

Brady and Gronkowski ended up offered Wednesday off and there is no observe Thursday. Brady, 43, protected a few receivers all through passing drills and stepped in for a handoff as a jogging again. He yucked it up with teammates though presenting encouragement.

“Yeah, I imagine Tom’s quite comfy in our locker home and with our coaches and our fans,’’ mentor Bruce Arians mentioned. “I feel that personality is showing additional and extra. We appreciate looking at it.”

Since arriving in Tampa Bay, Brady has been unfastened and extremely generous with his new teammates. In simple fact, they practically appeared bemused when asked about Brady’s comfortable persona with the Bucs.

“I don’t know what ya’ll paint the man as, like he’s an alien or one thing,” tackle Donovan Smith said. “He has a feeling of humor. He’s human. I really don’t know what you all want me to say. He likes to have pleasurable. I imply, who does not? Most people likes to have enjoyable, joke around.”

Linebacker Devin White states Brady hasn’t transformed due to the fact the very first working day he arrived with the Bucs: significant as can be about his craft on the field and joking with teammates off it.

“He’s even now as significant as he was from Day 1,” White reported. “He doesn’t let any one slack. … To me, he’s always been a unfastened guy from the first day I satisfied him. He’s just like one of us. He jokes all-around. He does all the things we do. He eats in the cafeteria with us. I’m still viewing the very same man or woman. I feel I’m observing a improved individual on the subject. He’s more cozy.”

He’s also more healthy. The Periods claimed that Brady performed the entire 2020 period with a torn MCL that he had surgically repaired in Febraury. By the stop of the week, he was not even donning a knee brace.

“Tom’s toughness is to an additional amount,” Gronkowski reported. “Sometimes you really don’t even know what he’s dealing with and he’s just working with it on his personal. I suggest, that just shows yet another stage of toughness, in fact, just to go through it and not place it on anybody else. Just offer with it in your interior circle, which is a huge indication of just mental toughness. Just likely out there and becoming equipped to perform at a higher level.

“But he’s been constantly displaying that toughness mentality during his full occupation, and he just does whichever he wants to do to get it accomplished. It’s impressive.”

And with the Bucs, Brady’s been a heck of a whole lot extra pleasurable, as well.

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