When the Eagles and Patriots take the field for Super Bowl 52, it will mark the sixth “rematch” in Super Bowl history. But other than New England still having the same starting quarterback and head coach, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, everything is completely different from Super Bowl 39.
The run for the Pats with McDaniels and Patricia is longer than that of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, who won three rings in four years together.
The Patriots still have their share of mighty mites, but they’ve come a long way since David Givens, Deion Branch and Troy Brown were Brady’s primary targets. Givens, at 6-0, 212 pounds, wore No. 87 in Super Bowl 39 after leading the team with only 56 catches for 874 yards in the regular season.
Now it’s 6-6, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski wearing a slightly bigger version of that uniform and doing a lot more damage. Gronk finished the season with his favorite team-high number of catches, 69, and also led the team with 1,084 receiving yards and 8 receiving TDs.
Gronk didn’t play in Super Bowl 51, so he has some making up to do. It was Branch, not Givens, who ended up winning game MVP in Super Bowl 39, catching 11 balls for 133 yards. Gronk will be one of the best non-Brady MVP bets for Super Bowl 52.
The most expensive tickets are very close to the field and typically include some sort of pregame/postgame hospitality and maybe even an on-field experience.
The most common, and usually cheapest, place to buy Super Bowl tickets is on reseller websites like StubHub, SeatGeek and Vivid Seats. Fans can also head to NFL Ticket Exchange, the official reseller of the NFL, however those prices tend to be higher than those listed on other ticket re-selling sites. That said, its most expensive Super Bowl ticket package, as of Jan. 23, was “only” $40,000, which is a steal compared to the top-end prices at other resellers.
Which raises the question: Why would Brady retire when he clearly still can perform at an all-time level and shows few if any signs of regression?
The answer: A man who’s abnormally healthy after having played 18 NFL seasons would be wise to maintain said abnormal health; health that, in a sport like football and in a league like the NFL, is as guaranteed as about half of the two-year contract Brady recently signed with the Patriots.