Tom Brady wasn’t perfect on Sunday, but he orchestrated the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history – and it earned him his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy. He set a number of records, including passing yards (466) and completions (43), bringing the Patriots back from a 25-point deficit in the third quarter.
Brady accepted the trophy on Monday morning as Roger Goodell handed over the hardware at his press conference, making for a bit of an awkward exchange. Brady will undoubtedly put that shiny football somewhere in his personal trophy case, but it sounds like he won’t be keeping the other gift that comes with the honor.
He said James White – who set a Super Bowl record with 20 points and 14 receptions – deserves the MVP truck.
“I think James White deserves it. It’d be nice for him,” Brady said. “It took a real team effort.”
Two years ago, Brady gave the truck to Malcolm Butler, who made the game-changing interception at the 1-yard line to clinch the Super Bowl for the Patriots against the Seahawks.
White had the best game of his young career, catching 14 passes for 110 yards and scoring three total touchdowns. He’s the first player in Super Bowl history with 10 catches, 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns, which shows just how remarkable his performance was.
Brady talked-up White on Monday, comparing him to his oldest son.
“James White is like my oldest son. He just does everything right and you can never get mad at him,” Brady said. “… I’m so proud of him.”
Brady went on to compare White to several other receiving backs he’s had in recent years, from Kevin Faulk to Danny Woodhead to Shane Vereen. None of those players had the impact in a Super Bowl the way White did against the Falcons, though – and that’s why he deserves Brady’s MVP truck.
Not to mention, Brady can afford just about any car he wants with the money he’s made in his career.