The 55th showdown of the best teams in professional football is this Sunday, February 7. For a record-setting tenth time, Tom Brady will make an appearance as starting quarterback, this time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On the other side of the field will be defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs led by rising star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Let’s take a look at some of the players and some of the places tied into Sunday’s showdown.
Tom Brady’s New Home in Clearwater, Florida
At the end of last season, Tom Brady decided to leave New England after 20 amazing years. Brady seemed like he wanted to prove he could carry a team on his own, and after only one year, he’s proven he certainly can.
When you’re as wealthy and as famous as Tom and his wife Gisele Bundchen, not just any old house will do. The couple have been living in Florida for months, but only closed on a home in October 2020.
The oceanfront home has 8,400 square feet, and includes five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, plus 3.5 more bathrooms, a sleek kitchen, epic home gym, movie theater, chandeliers that drip from the ceiling, and a personal boat launch.
Compared to other properties he’s owned, the $7.5 million price tag is pocket change. It’s not as big as their Massachusetts home, but hopefully it’s big enough to meet their needs, and more.
Tom Brady’s Rental Home in Tampa, Florida
While the Brady family was looking for a home to buy, they rented a gorgeous 22,000 square foot mansion from fellow athlete superstar Derek Jeter. Brady was paying more than $40,000 per month to live in the waterfront property, but Jeter has since put it on the market for an astounding $29 million.
The house has eight bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a pool and spa, movie theater, game room, and more. It must have been a great place to rent, and whoever buys it will have every amenity they could imagine right at their fingertips.
Tom Brady’s Mansion in Brookline, Massachusetts
Tom and Gisele lived in a massive, 12,000 square foot mansion outside Boston until they moved to Florida. The house was originally listed for about $39 million, but was sold for around $33 million, according to those who have information on the sale.
The house has five bedrooms, a wine room, gym and yoga studio, and a separate guest house.
Antonio Brown’s Home in Hollywood, Florida
Suiting up alongside Tom Brady will be Antonio Brown, a wide receiver who’s played around the league and is playing for Tampa Bay on a one year contract. He missed the conference final, but he’s expected to play in the Super Bowl.
In 2016, Brown bought a $6.6 million home in Hollywood, Florida, near his hometown of Miami. The 12-bedroom home has one feature you won’t find in most homes: a built-in synagogue, which Brown likes because it brings a good spirit to the home.
The house also has Italian marble floors, imported light fixtures, a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen, door handles made from precious metals, and a home theater.
Patrick Mahomes’ Home in Kansas City, Missouri
Leading the Kansas City Chiefs will be Patrick Mahomes, a breakout star who deserves every word of praise given in his short career. The 25-year old signed with the Chiefs in 2017, and became the starting quarterback in 21018, and the very next year they were Super Bowl Champions.
Mahomes re-signed with the Chiefs with a 10-year contract guaranteeing $477 million, with additional performance bonuses! In spite of his millions, he and his fiance bought a relatively modest home in a nice Kansas City neighborhood for $1.9 million. The 3,800 square foot home has three bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, and gorgeous open, mid-century floorplan. It’s got enough space to hold his 180 shoes–barely!
Tyreek Hill’s Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri
A critical part of the Chiefs’ success is wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has been playing for the team since 2016. He’s so fast his teammates call him “Cheetah” and in 2019 he signed a contract extension for three years and $54 million!
While some of his life off the field has been challenging, he also works as an assistant coach for a local high school team in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has a four bedroom, four bathroom home complete with pool in the Kansas City suburb, and is adding onto the house as his family grows.
Raymond James Stadium
On February 9, 2021, the Super Bowl will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This is the third Super Bowl that will be held at the stadium. It’s the first time that a team playing in the Super Bowl will be playing in their home stadium as the home team.
The stadium can hold up to 75,000 people, but because of Covid-19, the audience will be limited to 22,000. It was built in 1998, costing $169 million.
This year, the entertainment will be awesome. Recently-acclaimed poet Amanda Gorman will read an original poem, H.E.R. will sing “America the Beautiful” and Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will do a duo for the “Star-Spangled Banner”.
The Weeknd’s Home in Hidden Hills, California
The versatile Canadian singer The Weeknd will perform the halftime show. He is so pumped to make sure the show is memorable that he’s invested $7 million of his own money in the project.
When he’s not rocking out at the Super Bowl, The Weeknd has an amazing pad in Hidden Hills, north of Los Angeles. He earned $92 million in 2017, and spent $18.2 million of that on a massive pad.
The 13,500 square foot home has an eye-popping orange basketball court, vivid diamond patterned driveway, large main house, standalone guest house, and a barn with eight stalls. It also has some gorgeous outdoor landscaping and covered entertaining areas fit for the biggest star.
No matter which team wins the game, it’s clear that the entire country will come out on top for being able to enjoy the game and forget the challenges of the last year, at least for a few hours.