2021 Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady wins award for fifth time in his career

For the fifth time in his career and the first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady is a Super Bowl MVP.

In Tampa Bay's 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55, Brady carved up Kansas City's defense, completing 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards with three touchdowns. He finished with a quarterback rating of 125.8.

"Being down here and experiencing it with this group of guys, every year is amazing," Brady said after the game during the award presentation. "This team is world champions forever. You can't take it away from us."

Brady also announced that he would be returning for his 22nd season.

"Yeah, we're coming back," Brady said. "You already know that."

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His fifth Super Bowl MVP extends his own NFL record, with the next closest player being former San Francisco 49ers passer Joe Montana, with three.

In fact, Brady extended several NFL passing records in Super Bowls. Arguably the most impressive, he now has 21 career touchdown passes in his 10 Super Bowl appearances. Montana is second on the list with 11.

Brady and the Buccaneers raced out to an early lead  Sunday with the first two scores going to tight end Rob Gronkowski — who finished the game with six receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. 

Brady celebrates after the win. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

In what was billed as a duel between two generational quarterbacks, Brady overshadowed Chiefs passer Patrick Mahomes, who struggled significantly behind an undermanned offensive line. Mahomes finished the game 26 of 49 for 270 yards and did not score a touchdown. He threw two interceptions.

Brady last won the game's most valuable player award after Super Bowl LI in 2017, when he was a member of the New England Patriots and overcame a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons.

He also won the award in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXVIII, XLIX and LI

"My father had an expression," Buccaneers co-owner Joel Glazer said. " 'You want to know the road ahead, ask the person who has been there.' We found that person. Ten Super Bowl appearances, seven victories, Tom Brady."

The championship was the seventh of Brady's career, also an all-time NFL record after winning his previous six with the Patriots.

Now having completed his 21st NFL season, Brady, 43, has yet another accolade to add to his resume as one of the best players – if not the best – to ever play the game.

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