Tom Brady Tosses Lombardi Trophy Across Water During Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl Boat Parade
Instead of the typical Super Bowl winners' parade, Buccaneers players instead celebrated via boats on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa
This year's Super Bowl victory parade looked a little different.
Celebrations were shifted to the water after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to win Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Instead of the typical winners' parade, Buccaneers players instead partied on boats on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.
Players — including Tom Brady, who was joined by his kids, and Rob Gronkowski — rode on various watercraft around the harbor area, clad in the team's signature bright red and white.
At one point, quarterback Brady, 43, was caught on camera tossing the coveted Lombardi Trophy over the water to teammate Cameron Brate. Brady was wearing an orange TB12 Molecule shirt from his health and wellness brand, co-founded with his body coach Alex Guerrero.
He shared video of the moment on Instagram, writing, "You can hear [daughter Vivian] yelling 'Dad nooooo' Another clutch catch."
Due to the airborne transmission of COVID-19 and case spikes across the country, the CDC continually advises against gatherings of large groups and recommends six feet of distance and face coverings at all times.
Brady was named MVP for Sunday's game after leading the way for Tampa Bay's offense, helping the team earn a 31-9 victory.
The athlete has appeared in 10 Super Bowls throughout his career and secured his seventh Super Bowl win at Super Bowl LV.
Last year, when the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, they celebrated with a similar boat parade. The traditional parties and gatherings were avoided due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
Unfortunately, not all revelers have taken the COVID-19 guidelines seriously since last weekend's big game. Droves of people celebrated the Buccaneers' Super Bowl win Sunday night, flouting local public health precautions.
Immediately following the game, thousands of fans swarmed the streets, celebrating in a large, mostly mask-less mob despite protocols put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.