The Old Man and the Trophy
Tom Brady has become a low-key Jesus figure after passing a touchdown across water, but are those the sins he should be crucified for?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have won the Superbowl, but if getting offended were a sport, the descendant of the Lombardi’s designer would be right up there with certain blue-haired folks I dare not name; they’re magic people.
Tom Brady’s trophy pass to Cameron Brate during the Buccaneers’ championship parade has become more of a highlight than the victory itself because absurd controversy holds an edge over a championship of seemingly only two probabilities; either Brady wins it, or he doesn’t. Fort Meyers resident Lorraine Grohs reportedly had sleepless nights over Brady’s throw. Her reaction comes from history, being the daughter of Greg Grohs, who crafted the first Lombardi Trophy at Tiffany and Company.
This angle of Tom Brady throwing the Lombardi Trophy to Gronk's boat 😳
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— ESPN (@espn) February 10, 2021
“It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football,” Grohs stated in an interview, “I’ve seen this trophy being made at the factory at Tiffany’s and it’s a beautiful trophy. My father had to chisel the seams, he had to chisel the seams by hand. There is a newspaper article that shows him working on that trophy. The ball is hand-formed and the base is as well.”
In the most 2021 story ever, the daughter of the silversmith who crafted the first Lombardi Trophy has called out Tom Brady for disrespecting the trophy.
Can’t make it up. pic.twitter.com/rT7hVDZPHv
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 14, 2021
Internet dubbed “Queen Karen” is not a football fan, but she watches the Super Bowl only to watch the Lombardi Trophy presentation, during which she reportedly gets goosebumps. But that pleasant feeling might be replaced by inescapable horrors in the following years and, if nothing, at least a bitter taste in the mouth that acts as a reminder of the cruel world of the internet. Even the Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht responded to a tweet of the video with a meme.
This subject has gained way more traction than even the Change.org petition, which says Tom Brady should return the $960,855 Paycheck Protection Program loan his company received for the Coronavirus pandemic. Brady started his Massachusetts-based company, TB12 Inc., in 2013; it received the PPP loan on April 15, 2020, a part of the small business loan program created under the $2 trillion CARES Act.
Despite the Brady Family having hundreds of million dollars of joint net worth, they filed for the loan and received it. According to public opinion, Brady should not have received the loan, which the federal government designed to help small businesses keep workers on the payroll during the lockdown. Brady certainly isn’t the only celebrity who received PPP loans; rapper Kanye West also received millions of dollars for his Yeezy fashion line not long after becoming a self-proclaimed billionaire.
The petition says, “By accepting this money, he is playing the government no better than any grifter would play a person on the street. It is times like these, the year 2020 as a whole, we see the true nature of people. The side we are seeing from this couple is one of pure greed and being completely out of touch with what the common American is going through at this time.”
“I personally would like an apology,” Grohs said about the incident. “Not just to me and my family and the other silversmiths but to the fans, all the football fans, the other team players.”