Tom Brady Opens Up on ‘What Matters’ When Playing in Super Bowls

by Thad Mitchell

If there is anyone who qualifies as a “playing in the Super Bowl” expert, it would have to quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady will be playing in his tenth Super Bowl next weekend. His Tampa Bay Bucs will take on the reigning champs, the Kansas City Chiefs. The long-time New England Patriot will be going for his seventh Lombardi Trophy and championship ring.

While Brady has ample experience in Super Bowls, he is surrounded by a team that has little championship game experience. He has his trusty sidekick, tight end Rob Gronkowski, at his disposal but the rest of team will be competing in their first Super Bowl. Young Bucs stars like Chris Godwin, Devin White, Mike Evans, Ronald Jones and Antoine Winfield will play in their first Super Bowl.

Contrast that to their opponent that has a team full of Super Bowl experience, having won the game last year over the San Francisco 49ers. The championship game experience edge would seemingly fall upon the Chiefs.

Tom Brady Says Experience Doesn’t Matter in Super Bowl

But Brady says it isn’t experience that counts when the league’s brightest lights shine on its brightest stars. Meeting with the media on Saturday, Brady says the team that performs the best under pressure will win.

“Experience doesn’t matter — playing well matters,” he says, according to Fox News. “The team that wins is not going to be the most experienced team, it’s going to be the team that plays the best. We’ve got to prepare the best, we’ve got to execute the best, we’ve got to perform the best under pressure. If we do that, we’ll be champions. If we don’t, we won’t be.”

Brady joined the Bucs as a free agent in the last offseason, leaving New England after 20 seasons with the team. He had an outstanding season, leading a young Bucs team that wasn’t without talent. Brady put together MVP-quality numbers in his first year with Tampa Bay by Completing more than 65 percent of his passes for 4,633 yards. He threw 40 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions, accumulating a final quarterback rating score of 102.2.

The Chiefs are led by MVP candidate, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. The Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl.

The big game is just a week away, slated for Sunday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.