Gene Deckerhoff credits Tampa Bay's mindset as improbable run leads to Super Bowl title

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 18:38:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Heading into their bye week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell short in a heartbreaking regular season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. They sat just two games above 500 at that point of the season.

But as their play by play broadcaster and the Voice of the Seminoles Gene Deckerhoff told ABC 27, something clicked when the Bucs hit the field again in week 14. As he called their final four regular season games and their ensuing four postseason games on the way to a Super Bowl 55 title, Deckerhoff saw this team pull their talent together at the right time. And their resolve is why they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy on their home field Sunday night.

“The turning point was the bye week. Maybe you’ve got fresh legs because you have to wait for football for about four days, you’ve got a chance to rest and not pounce on each other," Deckerhoff said. "Of course there aren’t many padded practices in that stage of the season. But something happened in that bye week and then in the locker room at halftime, I don’t know if it was Tom Brady or who it was in that Atlanta game but it sparked this team. And if we could come back from down 17 at half, we could beat anyone on the planet. That’s probably the attitude the Bucs had the rest of the year.”