As Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl championship, the stars were out to marvel at his greatness.
FOX NFL Sunday analysts Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson and host Charissa Thompson were live from kickoff to the final whistle for the FOX Sports Super Bowl LV Watch Party, in which they reacted to all the action from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ Super Bowl LV victory.
Special guests joined the show throughout the game, including two-time Super Bowl MVP and former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who came by for the third quarter as Tom Brady and the Bucs seized a commanding lead.
In the fourth, Baltimore Ravens legend Ray Lewis stopped by to offer his perspective on Brady’s greatness and some motivational advice for players today and those watching at home.
In the end, the story, as it often is, was about Brady.
Before Manning and Lewis, first to come through the show was former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who confirmed that his days as a professional football player are, in fact, over and told a great story about going head-to-head with Lewis.
At halftime, our gambling braintrust of Jason McIntyre and Geoff Schwartz returned to break down the lines and help you gain an edge on the second half. Here’s hoping you were on Tampa Bay.
Truly, it was a star-studded affair – but just in case you were unfamiliar with some of the stars, let us introduce them.
Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1993 and ’94, becoming one of three coaches to win both an NFL title and an NCAA championship, along with Pete Carroll and Barry Switzer.
Lynch won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seattle before being denied back-to-back titles the following season in a battle that went down to the final seconds against Brady’s Patriots.
Manning, of course, has a much better history against Brady in the big game, having denied the Pats a perfect season in Super Bowl XLII and gotten the best of New England four years later in Super Bowl XLVI.
Lewis anchored the Ravens’ defense that won two Super Bowls, winning the MVP award in the franchise’s first appearance in 2001 and closing his career with a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2013 season. Lewis will join the party throughout the fourth quarter.
Manning and Bradshaw are among the five players in history to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs, with two each. They trail (who else?) Brady, who had won four coming into Sunday and added a fifth against the Chiefs.
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