TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Sunday will feature two of the NFL’s most talented rosters led by two of the most well-known quarterbacks – Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
The City of Tampa is already flooded with fans of both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, but what about celebrity fans? Here’s a look at the celebrities who are cheering for the Bucs to win on Sunday:
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter might be one of the biggest Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans on the planet – he has a Bucs tattoo and even the team has referred to him as an “OG Krewe member.”
Carter grew up in the Tampa Bay area and, according to Pewter Report, used to perform at Buccaneers’ halftime shows at the old Tampa Stadium. He’s been a Bucs fan since he was a kid and can be seen wearing a Tampa Bay jersey at the beginning of the music video for the Backstreet Boys’ smash hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back.)”
Carter’s love for the Buccaneers is also obvious if you follow him on any form of social media. He lit up Twitter the night of the NFC Championship game, first with posts hyping up big plays and then eventually celebratory posts about the Bucs going to the Super Bowl.
The only celebrity who might be more vocal on Twitter than Nick Carter about their love for the Bucs is Dick Vitale. The former NBA coach and ESPN broadcaster is a huge Tampa Bay sports fan, so he’s had a fun year cheering for the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays and now the Buccaneers.
“Trust me, the Bucs will win the Super Bowl,” Vitale said in a Twitter video the Tuesday after the NFC Championship.
He even tweaked his signature catchphrase “awesome, baby!” to “awesome, Brady!”
Even though the professional wrestling legend was born in Georgia, Hulk Hogan grew up in Tampa, started wrestling in Florida and still has a home – as well as a restaurant – in Clearwater. So it’s really no surprise he’s cheering for the Buccaneers to win it all on Sunday against the Chiefs.
Hogan posted several tweets during and after the NFC Championship game between the Bucs and the Green Bay Packers. In one tweet, he told Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, “You are now also a S.O.G. South of Gandy, a real Port Tampa boy!!!” And, in typical Hulk Hogan fashion, he called Brady brother.
In another tweet, posted after the championship game, Hogan re-posted a meme comparing Brady and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to Hogan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
NASCAR driver Aric Almirola is all in on the Buccaneers. The Tampa native posted on Twitter after the Bucs beat the Packers celebrating Tampa Bay pulling off a home-field advantage for the Super Bowl.
Almirola is preparing to race in the Daytona 500 and tweeted this week that he hopes to win so he can “add to Tampa’s championship run.”
We The Kings
The rock band We The Kings is from Bradenton, so it’s no secret why they’ll be cheering for the Bucs come Sunday.
Lead singer Travis Clark posted on Instagram the night of the NFC Championship game to congratulate Brady and the Bucs for upsetting the Packers. He also joked We The Kings should play at the Big Game.
Two of his fellow bandmates, drummer Danny Duncan and guitarist Hunter Thomsen, also congratulated the NFC Champions.
“Just wow greatest QB of all time,” Thomsen tweeted in reference to Brady.
Comedian Bill Burr is from the Boston area, so he’s a New England Patriots fan through and through. But on the “Pardon My Take” podcast last year, Burr committed to cheering for the Buccaneers as well after former Patriot Tom Brady joined Tampa Bay.
“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he would be a Bucs fan. “Everything short of buying a jersey. Just ’cause I’m too old to buy a jersey.”
While on the podcast – which was posted back in June 2020 – Burr also said he wanted to “see Tom Brady take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl and play Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.” Talk about speaking something into existence.
“Pitch Perfect” star Brittany Snow is more of a rumored fan of the Buccaneers, though she is a Tampa native so it’s not a stretch that she’d be cheering for her home team.
While there’s no concrete evidence on the actress’ Instagram page that she’s a Tampa Bay fan, there was apparently an article floating around the internet at some point where Snow confirmed she’s both a Bucs fan and a Florida Gators fan. That article, however, appears to have been taken down.
The list of celebrities hoping to see the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl obviously wouldn’t be complete without Gisele Bündchen.
The Brazilian model and businesswoman has been married to Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for more than 10 years now.
The day of the NFC Championship game, Bündchen posted a photo on Instagram of her and the couple’s two children wearing Bucs jerseys. “We are already cheering here papai!” she wrote in the caption. “We love you! Let’s go @tombrady !! Let’s go Bucs!!!”