Eager To See Brady

May 22nd, 2020

Fortunes change fast.

Some of Joe’s readers may not know who Rob Higgins is. Trust Joe, this guy is a heavy hitter.

Higgins is the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. He is directly responsible for luring the nation’s top sports events to the Tampa Bay area including the Super Bowl, the college football championship, the ACC and SEC basketball championships, the Frozen Four, various rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament, the NHL All-Star Game, Wrestlemania and so much more.

In a clip of a podcast he hosts with WTSP news anchor Ryan Bass called the “Tampa Bay 55” podcast, Higgins also proves he’s good at one-liners.

Hosting Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht on the pod, Higgins joked that Licht should have fought the paparazzi this week to get a glimpse of the biggest catch of his career, park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady. Earlier this week, Brady, wearing a Bucs helmet and practice jersey, worked out with a handful of his new Bucs teammates at Berkeley Prep High School.

Even Licht chuckled that the practice was so secluded, in order to get photos of Brady, the paparazzi had to fight through tree branches.

Licht admitted he can’t wait to see Brady practicing with the full Bucs team on the practice fields behind One Buc Palace.

“It will be exciting to see him obviously,” Licht said. “But also to see how our entire team communicates and reacts and how they gel and the chemistry and the leadership. …

“I think [Brady] will extract the best out of everybody.”

Higgins wasn’t finished. Wrestlemania 36 was scheduled for Tampa this spring but was wiped out due to The Sickness and moved to the WWE’s training center in Orlando, where new Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski won the title he holds. Higgins joked who would have thought the area would have lost Wrestlemania but gained its champion, Gronk.

Licht noted he has heard whispers Bucco Bruce Arians may challenge Gronk for his title.

“I might hide in the bushes for that,” Licht said. “Who would have thought a year and a half ago, Bruce would be our head coach and Tom Brady would be our quarterback and Gronk would be here and we would be doing a draft from home?

“I guess it goes to show the possibilities are endless. You never discount anything.”

Licht is right. If two years ago Joe wrote that Arians would have come out of retirement to coach the Bucs and the Bucs would sign Brady — much less the Belicheats letting him hit the open market — people would have tried to have Joe committed.

13 Responses to “Eager To See Brady”

  1. Joe in Michigan Says:

    It’s a great time to be a Bucs fan, the only better time is when we won the Super Bowl. I’m not predicting that the Bucs will win another one this year, but excited for the season!

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Slap it on Tom with the first Super Bowl in the home stadium.

  3. james west Says:

    14 -2 NFCS division champs, NFC champs, SUPERBOWL CHAMPS, bank it, book it believe it!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i said it, i meant it, i’m here to represent it!!!!!

  4. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    On paper our team looks solid if not phenomenal. There is not one major hole to fill, just a few spot where players need to step up – and those spots are held by young players with upside potential. We should go far into the post season.

  5. Oneilbucs Says:


  6. Christian Leckert Says:

    Super Bowl or bust for sure. Just saw in a facts to know article how unmatched Brady’s playoff resume is. I think he brings a lot to the table with some talented offensive skill players surrounding him. Should be a fun year in Tampa

  7. Youngbucs Says:

    Go Bucs Go Bruce keep building this roster!!!!!

  8. Oneilbucs Says:

    youngbucs he ain’t building nothing as soon as Brady leaves he’s out of here . And then we will start building our team again this time I hope it’s the right way .

  9. Isaac haggins Says:

    Don’t spend to much time in the mirror Licht there are contracts to be redone to create cap space and vet bargains To be had …….. Roman Oben ring a bell !!!! Licht you have allot of drafts to make up for (depth) . Don’t sleep Jason , Rich McKay was never done and always landed vet bargains !! 1 at create the cap room , 2nd get after it , 3 rd if by chance you don’t know research the left tackle in the lone Super Bowl and when he was signed !!!! Yes a starting left tackle and look at the salary !!! Get out of the mirror Licht it’s an everyday thing one inch at a time …… every year this time your running around boasting , shut up and continue building the roster !!!

  10. Oneilbucs Says:

    Our next quarterback should be the kid out NorthDakota State . Look him up .

  11. Craig Says:

    Yes we are anxious to see Brady play as a Buc. This damn virus doubles down on the anxious.

  12. firethecannons Says:

    we need a running back besides Rojo we need backup at least

  13. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Oneilbucs Says:
    “Our next quarterback should be the kid out NorthDakota State . Look him up.”

    I did last time you mentioned it. Sick stats. I think 27 TDs and ZERO INTs. Good size, too. I’ll definitely be watching their box scores this season.