Leicester Tigers’ own Tom Brady reacts to the Super Bowl

By Tyler Arthur and Sophie Sandberg

Tom Brady is a winger for the Leicester Tigers rugby team, but he is also a big fan of American football, and has been following his namesake’s team, the New England Patriots for five years.

The 27-year-old Tigers winger shares his name with the GOAT, the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, 40, who has won five Super Bowl titles throughout his 17-year tenure at the Boston-based club.

The Leicester Tigers player has a bit of fun with his shared forename, and he often has some banter on his Twitter account with confused American fans, who seek ‘TB12’ online, but end up instead tweeting the rugby star overseas.


Tom Brady – not that one. The Leicester Tigers’ self-proclaimed ‘Silver Fox’.

“I throw a few tweets out sometimes, just fish for a few reactions, get the American supporters onside, up my follower count,” he laughed.

In Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots were toppled by underdogs Philadelphia Eagles, with a scoreline of 33-41, after they were able to hold out against a final drive from the Patriots, who were attempting to win their second back-to-back championship.

Leicester’s Brady said: “I wanted it to be a close game. I know last year there was the huge comeback, but I thought I’d like a nice competitive game, where I could enjoy some end-to-end stuff.

“At one stage it was quite open, maybe a gap of 10-12 points or so, but it was very close in the end so I did enjoy the game,” he added.

His namesake, the NFL’s MVP, put up historic numbers in his greatest ever Super Bowl performance, even though his team took the loss.

The Leicester player is currently looking to pick up form and get back on track in his own side’s Aviva Premiership season, while the Patriots’ quarterback  is hoping to come back better than ever next year.

Leicester based Philadelphia Eagles fans react to unbelievable Super Bowl LII victory

by Tyler Arthur

Millions of American football fans across the world watched the ‘greatest show on Earth’ unfold on Sunday, February 4, as the New England Patriots battled the Philadelphia Eagles in the 52nd Super Bowl.

Famously, the Super Bowl is a late-night commitment for UK fans. With the game kicking-off at 11.30pm for a match which takes notoriously long in the first place, it leaves those who commit to the full four quarters awake at almost 4am in the morning.

However, fans of the winning team don’t mind. The Philadelphia Eagles managed to topple the favourites from Boston, with a nerve-wracking 41-33 victory, that came down to the final play.

DMU Architecture student and Eagles fan, Tia Betton, 19, was at the DMU Falcons’ annual Super Bowl gathering, which was hosted at the Walkabout bar, in Belvoir Street, Leicester, she said: “It was absolutely insane!”

“It was worth staying up late for! It was incredible to watch my team lift that trophy, I wouldn’t have missed that just for an extra few hours’ sleep,” the Falcons running back, and secretary said.

The Eagles triumphed, even under the leadership of a back-up Quarterback; Nick Foles, who showed incredible poise and creativity throughout the game, and it paid off – as they won the war of attrition, by just eight points – against the greatest QB of all time, Tom Brady.

Joe Bull, 21, a DMU Policing student and Tight End for the Falcons, also shared the euphoria of witnessing his favourite team raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy, at the DMU Falcons party: “I was a little bit tipsy, but I remember the utter disbelief.”

“I’ve been on a high for days, it is honestly unreal. I think I’ve mentioned the Super Bowl in every conversation I’ve had, people are probably getting annoyed,” Joe laughed.

“Being a Leicester City fan as well, I’ve had two underdog stories in the last three years! I must be a lucky charm or something,” he said.


Nervous – Joe Bull (above) anxiously watching on as the referees deliberate over a crucial decision – which went the Eagles’ way – and ultimately resulted in their win.


Brandon GrahamDefensive End of the Eagles, Brandon Graham (left), made the game-saving play, when he strip-sacked Tom Brady for a fumble recovery – which stopped the Patriots from scoring on a pivotal drive in the last quarter.

After this huge play – the only time that they sacked number 12 all game – the Eagles took the ball down the field to score 3 points which sealed the deal, taking them to the final 41-33 lead.

This Super Bowl will be remembered as one of the greatest underdog stories in sporting history, and has somehow managed to rival the drama of the Patriots’ incredible comeback in Super Bowl LI, last year.