Gronk Patriots

Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes and had a team-high 67 receiving yards in Tampa's championship win.

Tensions ran high as the 55th annual Super Bowl kicked off Sunday afternoon inside James Raymond Stadium. Leading up to the spectacle, Grammy-nominated artists Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church delivered the Star-Spangled Banner, and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman followed up with a video presentation of her poem “Courage of Captains,” honoring essential workers around the world. 

Suzie Dorner, a COVID-19 ICU nurse manager at Tampa General Hospital, delivered the coin toss.

“I’m still not entirely sure how I was selected, but I was on a Zoom call with Rob Higgins, who is the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and I was assuming he would be presenting me with a few tickets to hand out to my team members,” Dorner said in an interview with

During the first quarter, it seemed like they were ahead, maintaining 3-0. However, things turned around very quickly. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turned the tide with a 75-yard play to his former New England Patriots team mate Rob Gronkowski, bringing them six points. 

Gronkowski came out of retirement earlier this year.

By half-time, the Buccaneers held a 21 point lead, leaving their opponents with six points. The Chiefs were also marred by a grand total of eight penalties in the first half, costing them 95 yards.

That is a record number of penalties during the first half in Super Bowl history.

James Raymond Stadium lit up blue as Canadian pop and R&B artist The Weeknd graced the stage for the halftime show. He delivered an electric performance, singing hits like “The Hills,” “Blinding Lights,” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” Backed by a choir and army of bandaged dancers, the halftime show was certainly memorable.

“The transition from House of Balloons to ‘Blinding Lights’ was my favorite part of the performance,” Gonzaga freshman Aaliyah Mae said.

The second half proved to be just as fruitful for the Bucs. Unable to maintain themselves, the Chiefs continued to get scored on, and while Patrick Mahomes II is known for his prodigious plays, he was no match for Tom Brady.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, Tom Brady is the best of all time,” Gonzaga freshman Adam Chin said.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat out the Chiefs, claiming the coveted Lombardi Trophy. The Second Super Bowl victory in Buccaneers franchise history came after they put up 31 points to the Chiefs nine. 

This is the former New England Patriots quarterback’s seventh Super Bowl victory in his career. Commentators are hailing his team’s victory tonight as the victory that solidifies him as the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

“The best part about winning is having the people that have helped you get there and support you there with you to enjoy it,” Brady said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight prior to the game. “Some of the best memories of my life were being with my kids right after the super bowl, celebrating with them.”

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer. Follow him on Twitter: @alexanderprvst.

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer for the Gonzaga Bulletin. He is passionate about writing, politics, and music.

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