From the GOAT to just 'Tommy': How Tom Brady has meshed with Tampa teammates

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TAMPA, Fla. — With 11:10 to go in the fourth quarter Sunday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trailing the Los Angeles Chargers by three, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady found rookie fourth-string running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the flat for a 9-yard touchdown to regain the lead and help seal the Bucs’ 17-point comeback, the fifth largest of Brady’s career.

“I love you, Sneak!” Brady said, calling Vaughn by his nickname.


Prior to Sunday, the Bucs had lost 42 consecutive games when trailing by 17 or more points. Also prior to Sunday, Vaughn had played zero offensive snaps after missing a large chunk of training camp due to COVID-19 and being inactive for two games. But the Bucs were down two running backs — Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy — due to injuries, so Brady went to Vaughn, who leaped into his QB’s arms to celebrate.

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“Like Tom Brady is somebody I watched growing up. He’s 43, I’m 23 — he’s got 20 years on me,” Vaughn said. “Having him throw me my first touchdown — it just gets no better than that. Not a lot of people can say that.

“I feel like I gained a little bit of his trust catching that ball when it meant the most.”

That’s what these past six months have been like for all Brady’s new teammates and coaches, who travel to face the Chicago Bears Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL Network). First the “awe” factor

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