Tom Brady ignores coachs orders to help team-mate land $1million jackpot

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Rob Gronkowski may feel he owes Tom Brady a beer or two after the NFL legend helped secure him a $1m pay day on Sunday.

The player famously dubbed 'Gronk' went into Sunday's clash between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers not only with the incentive of helping his team to another win in the NFC South league, but with the motivation to trigger two $500,000 payments.

The 32-year-old needed to take seven catches and notch 85 receiving yards – and he ticked off the second challenge early in the second half when he completed a 42-yard catch.

However, in the dying minutes he was still one catch short of the other target, and his chances appeared to fade further when the Buccanneers opted to pull their starters from the field of play.

Brady wasn't about to stand for that though, and the legendary quarter back duly picked up his helmet and refused to leave the action, determined to help his friend secure his bonus.

And sure enough, the 44-year-old then delivered a pinpoint short pass near the sideline which Gronkowski gratefully snaffled – and as if to underline that he was only back out there for 'Gronk' – Brady then immediately headed for the bench and was replaced by Blaine Gabbert.

And on his Let's Go podcast on Monday, Brady was full of praise for the tight end player.

“He’s amazing, I mean, what he’s done this year,” he said.

“He just, the guy’s an incredible player, he’s a great team-mate, and I think what he does day in and day out to prepare himself is what blows me away. I think he’s the greatest tight end in NFL history. What he does in the run game, the pass game, the kind of teammate he is, he’s amazing.”

It all capped a 41-17 win for the Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium, as they bid to retain the Super Bowl that both Brady and Gronkowksi helped them secure against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021.

The victory meant the Tampa Bay team closed out their regular season with a 13-4 record, and will face the Eagles next Sunday in the wildcard round of the NFC playoffs.

Brady holds the individual record for the most Super Bowl wins, having also won six with the New England Patriots.

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