Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski swapped duck boats for party yachts on Wednesday.
The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their victory with a boat parade on the Hillsborough River, in an effort to keep fans safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Brady traveled the route on his new million-dollar cruiser named “Viva La Vida.” Gronkowski followed closely behind on a yacht with teammates Scotty Miller, Cameron Brate, and Mike Evans on board.
The highlight of the affair came when Brady caused fans to cheer — and maybe cringe for a moment — when he tossed the Buccaneers’ Lombardi Trophy to his ex-Patriots batterymate, who was traveling behind him on a different boat. Brate stepped in to make the grab for Gronkowski.
You can see a closer look here.
Chris Godwin’s fiancé shared an incredible video of the risky throw and catch from a different angle.
Once the trophy made it over to Gronkowski’s boat, receiver Mike Evans grabbed it and began to celebrate.
Evans played a little catch of his own — but not with the trophy.
He was spotted tossing a football to a crew of three fans riding alongside his boat in a Zodiac.
Locals were allowed to travel with the team along the parade route, so long as they stayed at least 50 feet away.
Hundreds turned out in ships of all sizes to celebrate Tampa Bay’s first NFL title since 2003.
And even more watched from shore. While masks have been required in Tampa’s downtown entertainment districts, the city has been struggling to force fans into compliance.
When the parade arrived at Port Tampa Bay for the on-shore celebration, it appeared that Brady might be a little wobbly after a couple hours on his yacht.
He was helped along to the stage by backup quarterback Ryan Griffin, as shown in the video below.
(UPDATE: Brady is, in the words of Jamie Foxx, blaming it on the alcohol.)
A Buccaneers staffer shared a video of Brady celebrating with safety Antoine Winfield Jr., mimicking the peace sign Winfield taunted Chiefs running back Tyreek Hill with during Sunday’s game.
In tow with Brady was his daughter, Vivian.
Meanwhile, Brady’s social team made quick work of a celebration video, cutting in clips of him holding the trophy after the parade with footage from the game as Eminem’s “Without Me” plays.
“Yeah, we’re coming back,” Brady says in the video, before it cuts to him chucking the Lombardi Trophy to Gronkowski’s boat.
Bruce Arians had some choice words when speaking to the crowd assembled on shore, saying that he’s been to a lot of parties.
There were 18 speeches planned for the on-shore celebration, which quickly devolved into a dance party for the players on stage.
Here are some more highlights from social media: