Memorize the trivia question, so 10 years from now, you can impress your friends:
Who is the only player to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020?
(the fortunate-and-unfortunate) answer: running back LeSean McCoy
McCoy signed one-year deals with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019 and 2020, respectively, notching two Super Bowl rings in a row. At this stage of his career, the 32-year-old is playing the veteran leadership role much more so than one as an on-the-field contributor.
Over the more than 600 days, McCoy was treated to an inside look at two of the game’s great quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, and he was asked to compare and contrast the two on the Friday morning edition of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”
McCoy on what makes Brady and Mahomes similar
“They’re both competitors — even at 43, Tom Brady is a competitor. And then even Mahomes, Mahomes competes. We’re in the locker room, shooting jump shots, things like that, and he’s lighting it up on the field, trying to see who can throw the ball the farthest. Just knowing them both, man, the way they compare — very smart, very intelligent quarterbacks. You could see a lot of [Tom in Mahomes], coming into his own; he’s still so young. And then Tom Brady’s so different, where, when he prepares, he’s preparing the whole week, where he’s preparing us. I remember the last game we had, the Super Bowl (against the Chiefs). Every day, he would send us — eight, nine players in the group chat — and he was having a video playing, and he’s slowly talking to us like the Godfather. ‘On this play, watch this guy, this DB, he doesn’t really use his hips well, he can’t turn that well.’ So all those types of things to show you how dialed in he was. I mean, from the beginning of the year, to the middle, to the end, to the playoffs, to the Super Bowl. Everything got intense... them guys are very similar in that [sense].”
McCoy on what makes Brady and Mahomes different
“They both lead, but they lead differently. I think Pat leads more with his abiliities. There’s times when we may me down, and it’s looking bad. We may be down 20-someting points, and he turns it on. He spins out of tackles, reversing field, throwing it 70 yards, making the guys always believe.
“And Tom is more like — he talks, but he doesn’t yell much. But when he yells and he talks, everybody listens. He demands the respect, and you believe him. I told somebody before that Tom Brady’s the only player I ever played with — if he’s says one thing, ‘Like hey, go walk on the water, you won’t drown.’ I believe him. He has that effect... it’s true though. Some of the guys look around in his eyes, ‘Like wow, I really believe this guy.’ I could see why the Patriots were so succesful for so long. You could see it.”
McCoy only touched the ball 129 times for the Chiefs in 2019 and 25 times for the Buccaneers in 2020, and he did not have a touch in either playoff. Still, McCoy said he is leaning to play again in 2021, joking he is the current “rabbit’s foot” of the NFL — that the next team he joins will win the Super Bowl.
For those who believe in the Madden curse and not stepping on the white lines, where McCoy lands next might be something to watch.