Buccaneers: Super Bowl scorers face unknown futures

Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers heroes of Super Bowl LV now have unknown futures.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ dominating 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs came in large part to a legendary defensive performance. It also came thanks to yet another notch on Tom Brady’s GOAT belt. The Buccaneers offense scored four touchdowns, three off of Brady touchdown passes, with another on the ground.

While the Buccaneers found the end zone four times in the Super Bowl, only three different players found the end zone. Rob Gronkowski caught two of the touchdowns with Antonio Brown on the receiving end of the third. Leonard Fournette added a 27-yard touchdown on the ground late in the third quarter to all but seal the win the way the defense was playing.

These three Tampa Bay Buccaneers players have three things in common.

The first, and most obvious, is that they all scored in Super Bowl LV. The other two things, and perhaps the most significant, are that they all were products of redemption stories, and all may not be apart of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.

Rob Gronkowski was the WWE 24/7 Champion and retired from football while working for Fox Sports when he decided to join Brady in Tampa. Antonio Brown had a myriad of personal and legal

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Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

problems which were the subject of much scrutiny before the Buccaneers (and Brady) decided to take a chance on the talented yet troubled receiver. Leonard Fournette was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was seen by some as a lost cause due to injury concerns. Such is life for an NFL running back. All three would not only sign with the Buccaneers but thrive to the point where they would score in the Super Bowl. Fournette would even adopt the nickname “Playoff Lenny” for his postseason performance.

Now heading into 2021, the futures of these three Buccaneers are unknown. All three are set to be free agents, with Gronkowski’s perpetual retirement rumors swirling once more. They say that the NFL stands for “Not For Long”, and this is a perfect example. One week you’re out of the league the next you’re scoring in the Super Bowl. The following week you don’t know what team you’ll be suiting up for. All three of these players were huge for the Buccaneers in 2020, and it would be upsetting in some way shape, or form to see them in another uniform in 2021.