Formula 1 fans should’ve seen Tom Brady’s trophy toss coming

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Tom Brady throwing the Lombardi Trophy from boat to boat is only a continuation of his performance at the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix with Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left the team after their January 2020 Wild Card playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in pursuit of his seventh career Super Bowl ring ahead of the 2020 season, his 21st season in the sport and first outside of New England.

While the team got off to a rocky start to the season, including two losses to division rival New Orleans Saints (34-23 in the season opener and a 38-3 beatdown in Week 9), they showed flashes of potential throughout the season that led many fans to believe that they had what it took to win the Super Bowl once they started to gel.

And it was ultimately a horrific start in their Week 12 regular season home game against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs than served as the turning point of their season. Following that loss, which only ended up being a three-point loss thanks to a valiant comeback in the second half, to drop them to 7-5 on the year, they still have not lost a game to this day.

Sure enough, they ended up going on a Super Bowl run with Brady under center.

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They became the first team without a first round bye to win the big game since the Baltimore Ravens in February 2013 and the first non-division champion to win it since the Green Bay Packers in February 2011.

Ironically, it was at the same location, their home stadium of Raymond James Stadium, that they pummeled the Chiefs by a score of 31-9 to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl and first in the last 18 years, giving Brady his seventh ring, more than any single team in the league, and fourth in the last seven seasons.

Afterward, the team’s victory boat parade got tons of attention — and it wasn’t just Brady trying to walk around super drunk that made headlines.

Brady threw the team’s freshly won Lombardi Trophy from one boat to another one, and it was fortunately caught by tight end Cameron Brate.

You can even hear his daughter Vivi yell “Dad, noooo!”

But Brady actually has some experience throwing things from boat to boat.

One month on from his seventh Super Bowl win, let’s take a look back at one specific occurrence.

He did so in May 2018 at the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 race weekend with polesitter and eventual winner Daniel Ricciardo, who then drove for Red Bull Racing.

Some have even joked that it was this experience chucking a football on a ship which led Brady to become a Buccaneer upon his decision to ditch New England.

But admittedly, it wasn’t a trophy that he was throwing to Ricciardo, who is by no means an NFL tight end, in Monaco.

It was a regular football, and it’s what he has thrown for a living for decades. However, any time you’re throwing or passing an object from boat to boat, especially from a much larger boat to a much smaller one like in this scenario, there’s the inevitable risk that, no matter how skilled you are, it is going to end up in the drink.

And there’s added pressure to make sure that that doesn’t happen, especially with all the cameras on you.

Fortunately, Brady maintained the composure he has used so often during deep postseason runs and threw a perfect pass to Ricciardo, who made the grab.

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We have to admit, however, that Ricciardo’s punt back to Brady was arguably even more impressive. We just hope Brady doesn’t try that with the Lombardi Trophy when the Buccaneers win another one next February.