TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As National Football League athletes, officials and fans say “thank you” to Tom Brady after he announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, it’s time to look back on all the exciting times the GOAT, “Tampa Tom,” gave to us here in Tampa Bay.

March 20, 2020 – Brady signs with Bucs

The former New England Patriots quarterback of 20 seasons officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year contract after weeks of rumors and speculation.

“I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates and coaches and proving to them that they can believe and trust in me,” Brady said in an Instagram post.

“I have had the privilege to work with some of the best passers in our game, and the characteristics they all possessed were the ability to lead and get the best out of their teammates. Tom is no different. He is a proven winner who will provide the leadership, accountability and work ethic necessary to lead us to our goal of winning another championship,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said.

On April 10, Brady was already making moves to brand himself in Tampa, with his agents saying the quarterback was looking to trademark “Tompa bay,” “Tampa Brady” and “TB X TB.”

April 21, 2020 – Gronk traded to Bucs

Shortly after Brady’s arrival to what would become “Champa Bay,” former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was traded to the team to reunite with Brady.

“Rob Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in NFL history and he plays the game with the type of passion and desire that sets him apart,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said.

April 20 , 2020 – Oops! Tampa mayor ‘pardons’ Tom Brady for park trespassing incident

In a story many may have forgotten about, well before the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win, the quarterback was caught working out in a closed park during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Tampa Parks and Recreation employee was patrolling a downtown park when she noticed a man working out. She came face-to-face with Brady when she approached him.

Several months later, just before Super Bowl LV, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced she had “pardoned” him for the incident.

“We couldn’t possibly let him go in to the big game with any baggage,” she said.

April 23, 2020 – Brady enters wrong Tampa home, surprising resident

In 2020, Brady was set to meet with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, but made a little mistake and ended up in the wrong home.

The resident of the home, David Kramer, was sitting in his kitchen when Brady came through the front door with his duffel bags.

“If someone said Tom Brady is going to walk into your house and leave, I’d say, ‘okay, right. I have a better chance of a meteor hitting me,’” Kramer said.

Jan. 9, 2021 – Brady leads Buccaneers to playoffs

After a stunner season, the then only six-time Super Bowl champion was ready to lead the Bucs through the playoffs.

The team ended a 13-year postseason drought when they faced the Washington Football Team in the NFC Wild Card game that year.

Feb. 7, 2021 – Victory! Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7

Tom Brady picked up his seventh and final Super Bowl victory with a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady helped the Bucs to their second NFL title, the first in 18 years, and was named MVP of the game for the fifth time during a Super Bowl.

The 2021 Super Bowl also marked the first time a team played the big game at home.

Feb. 10, 2021 – City of Tampa hosts Super Bowl boat parade in honor of Bucs’ win

Brady and his team celebrated their huge win during a boat parade, now infamous for Brady’s Lombardy trophy toss from boat-to-boat and the social media memes of “Tequila Tom.”

Gronk told Mayor Castor everyone planned to “have a great time and turn up like no other.” Castor replied that was fine as long as no one fell off the boats or dropped the Lombardi Trophy.”

Thanks for the memories, TB12! We hope you and your family stick around in Tampa Bay.

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