On Thursday night, Tom Brady will take the field for year 22 of his NFL career. The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Dallas Cowboys for the 2021 season opener and the 44-year-old quarterback will begin his pursuit of an eighth Super Bowl title.
It’ll be a historic night for Brady, who will make his 300th career regular season start on Thursday. He’ll become the first player in NFL history to reach that milestone, but he’ll have his sights set on far more than individual accomplishments this year.
Fresh off of his seventh championship victory and top-five season among quarterbacks, Brady will try to keep the magic going in 2021. He underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn MCL and now seems healthier than ever at the the age of 44.
Reaching a 22nd year in the NFL is no small feat, so Brady decided to commemorate the accomplishment by posting a hype video on social media ahead of the Buccaneers opener on Thursday.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) September 9, 2021
The Buccaneers also released a hype video on Thursday morning to set the stage for their 2021 season. Brady served as the narrator and spoke about what it would take for Tampa Bay to repeat as champions next February.
“Take a moment and reflect,” Brady said in the beginning of the video. “Last February in this stadium, something special happened. Tonight is the encore. After a moment that Tampa Bay will never forget, a championship that the world can never take away, the journey of this team isn’t over. Tonight, we turn the page. We may be champions, but once again we suit up as the unproven.”
“Last year’s effort won’t be enough, so we need something we didn’t have last time. With our crew at out back, our strength is unmatched. So whoever you are, know this. There’s no fight you can bring, there’s no hell you can raise that’s greater than all that we’ve been through together. After all, every great story deserves a sequel. And ours begins right now.”
Thursday’s battle between the Buccaneers and the Cowboys will kick-off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.