Tom Brady knows a thing or two about Super Bowl prep, he’s sort of been there, done that, but the majority of his Buccaneers teammates had never experienced playing in the big game. With that in mind, Brady wanted to make sure his teammates were confident heading into Super Bowl LV.
Leonard Fournette, who had 89 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs, shared after the win that TB12 was firing off late-night motivational text messages to provide some reassurance that Tampa Bay was going to pull out a W.
“All week he made us believe we were going to win,” Fournette said. “He was texting us at 11 o’clock at night, ‘We will win this game.’ We believed in him. We believed in the play-calling, what the coaches were calling and we just ran with it.”
Tom Brady was texting Buccaneers teammates throughout the week at 11 p.m., per Leonard Fournette.
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Texting ‘hey, we’re going to beat these guys’ wasn’t the only thing Brady was preaching heading into the game. Fournette also explained that Brady told the Bucs’ offense that the Chiefs’ run defense wasn’t good and that they were especially poor in the yards after contact category.
“Tom preached all week, [Kansas City] were 31st in the league in yards after [contact], yards after the catch, too,” he said. “Their run defense wasn’t that good. I take pride in that knowing those guys don’t want to tackle. Sometimes you make a guy miss, but at the same time, punch them in the mouth and then at the end of the game they are not going to want to tackle and that is exactly what happened.”
While Tampa Bay’s defense was the most dominant unit on the night, the Bucs finished the night with 145 total rushing yards while completely controlling the game from start to finish.
It’s pretty simple, but some motivational texts and focusing on what the Chiefs’ defense is bad at worked, and now Brady owns seven Super Bowl rings.