TAMPA ― Tom Brady threw “two tuddies” to restricted finish Rob Gronkowski in the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl 55 victory above the Chiefs, earning the Most Worthwhile Participant Award for the video game.

On Saturday night time, Gronkowski was on the receiving conclude again for Brady, this time accepting an ESPY for the Bucs quarterback as Most effective Athlete, Men’s Athletics through the awards ceremony televised on ABC.

“What a shock he didn’t clearly show up,’’ Gronkowski reported.

The Bucs also gained the remaining ESPY of the night for Finest Workforce, edging six other champions: Los Angeles Dodgers (Entire world Sequence), Alabama (college soccer), Oklahoma (women’s softball), Baylor (men’s basketball), Stanford (women’s basketball) and the Seattle Storm (WNBA).

Brady, 43, taped a message in accepting his award in a class that integrated Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic and Formula One particular driver Lewis Hamilton.

“Hey, all people, I hope you men are enjoying yourselves in New York. I definitely want I could be there with you men and my teammates to celebrate,’’ Brady mentioned. “I’m extremely honored to be picked Most effective Athlete in Men’s Athletics, and I have often reported I really don’t definitely play for specific awards or stats. I really like football, and I appreciate that it’s a team sport and that our workforce gained the Super Bowl.

“To even be regarded for this extraordinary award together with LeBron, Tiger and M.J. is seriously neat. There is so quite a few good nominees. I enjoy a staff sport. Lewis Hamilton is a excellent inspiration, and I know he’s received a wonderful workforce, much too. So congrats to all the women nominees. Briana (Stewart), Amanda (Nunes), Simone (Biles) and Naomi (Osaka). You fellas are fantastic rivals and awesome athletes.

“And very last I would like to thank my teammates, lots of of you who are there appropriate now. I hope you fellas carry residence the Team of the Calendar year award in a several times. Have entertaining, but not as well a great deal in New York mainly because we commence football in two weeks.’’

Symbolizing the Bucs at the event had been Gronkowski, receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, running backs Ronald Jones and LeSean McCoy, and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul. They all took the stage when the Bucs won Greatest Staff.

“Yeah, baby! We’re the champs, baby! Yeah, we’re the champs,’’ Gronkowski said. “Big shoutout to my teammates. … The 1st working day of follow, I was just looking about and declaring, ‘Damn!’ Mentor B.A. (Bruce Arians) stored expressing all 12 months if we played with each other and retain sticking alongside one another, no one is heading to defeat us. And when we have been down, we caught with each other and we bounced back again, and he was ideal. We all played alongside one another, and no person could conquer us. We retained whipping that … you know.’’

“We did it, 2020,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “Everybody know how COVID was final yr. … We experienced to just take all people damn assessments. … We did it, and we’re likely to get yet another a single future yr.’’

Actor Anthony Mackie’s monologue during the ceremony incorporated the pursuing: “I want to thank you all. Since of you all, Tom Brady gained his seventh Tremendous Bowl ring. Which usually means now, it’s formal: Tom Brady has much more Tremendous Bowl rings than Jason Pierre-Paul has fingers.’’

The ESPYS did a comedy little bit on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his speculative long run in Inexperienced Bay. In a recorded concept, Brady said, “I heard he’s using Gronk’s location … on the celebration boat, not on our roster.’’

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