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Unlike previous years, Tom Brady wasn’t greeted with a mass gathering of reporters on the opening night of Super Bowl Week. Instead, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback kicked off his 10th career Super Bowl Week with a series of virtual interviews.
Like many operational changes this NFL season, COVID-19 safety precautions necessitated the virtual interview format.
Brady took a moment to photograph the media press conference from his perspective.
“I gotta get a picture of this,” he said.
Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March 2020 in a blockbuster free agency move, and he and his new teammates will now play in a Super Bowl as the home team in their own stadium — something no team has ever done before.
Brady will enter Super Bowl LV having led the New England Patriots to nine Super Bowls with six victories during his 20-season tenure, and he aims to continue that success in Tampa Bay.
“This year’s a little different than the others,” Brady tweeted hours later.
What used to be a mass gathering of both teams and a sea of podiums set up inside the host stadium has now become a series of conference calls.
This year’s media day may be different than those in previous years, but the game itself will look fairly similar. It will still kick off on a Sunday at 6:30 p.m., still feature Tom Brady and still have a crowd in attendance, if just a limited one.