How Tom Brady and the Buccaneers fit the fictional hero journey arc

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The end of the journey for the Buccaneers

The Dungeon Master Boss

Next up was the dungeon master boss. The toughest, most rugged, and the odds-on favorite to win, the Chiefs. It seemed like the odds were stacked against our friends again. Still, no one thought the defense was legit. They thought that somehow, someway, the previous teams had all succumbed to a streak of bad luck.

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The Buccaneers coaches worked hard to prepare them for this meeting. It would not, they assured anyone who would listen, be like the last time.  And suddenly, the Chiefs’ season was turned topsy turvy. Their offensive line was like a sieve, allowing our Hero’s defenders to penetrate seemingly at will.

The Reward

And our Hero managed to unleash the whirlwind.  Incredibly, he was getting rid of the rock in record times. No one could get to him to stop him. In the end, the Hero’s team came away with a 31-9 victory, and both hands on the Lombardi grail.

The Road Back

After the night’s revelry, the Hero and his crew managed an easy road back. They were, after all, playing in their own backyard for this game. So, it was home to their own families, their own celebrations, and their own families.  And in their own peace, rest in the glow of hoisting the Lombardi grail. Proof of a job well done.


After his return, the Hero was lauded by all of the pundits. The ones who stood beside him were beaming glorious smiles. Those who had chosen poorly were in different states of disrespect and unbelief. How could that be? How could they have been so wrong?

The same pundits will guess again next time, even though the necessary facts to make the correct choice sits right in front of them. They look at the roster, at the season statistics, and how it all fell out, and then make the wrong choice again.

Such has it been; such will it ever be.

Returning with the Lombardi grail

And so, ends the saga of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the holy Lombardi grail.

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