Tom Brady is so popular that some current teammates don’t even have his phone number.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs, who was drafted by the team with the No. 13 overall pick in 2020, has experienced this firsthand over the last two seasons.
In a press conference on Tuesday at the team’s facility in Tampa, Wirfs disclosed that he did not have the 44-year-old quarterback’s phone number yet.
“I don’t have Tom’s number,” Wirfs admitted while laughing. “I don’t think I’m there yet.”
After two seasons of protecting Brady from the right side, Wirfs’ admission seemed to have done the trick.
Brady tweeted out a screenshot later that night proving that he had contacted Wirfs via text.
The text was a prank that played on a spam message about Wirfs’ car’s extended warranty.
“Tristan,” Brady’s text said. “We’ve been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty.”
“Just kidding, your car is fine…it’s your favorite Qb,” adding a rolling-on-the-floor-laughing face emoji.
“Tommy!!” Wirfs replied, with two rolling-on-the-floor-laughing face emojis. “Sorry you’re mentions we’re probably blowing up today.”
Brady and Wirfs will have plenty of opportunities to text one another now that Brady will return for his 22nd season after retiring in February.
Wirfs not having Brady’s phone number didn’t seem to hurt the Buccaneers on the field over the last few seasons, however.
Brady threw for 43 touchdowns and a career-best 5,316 yards in 17 games in 2021. Wirfs and the rest of the Buccaneers offensive line allowed the least amount of sacks in the NFL in 2021 (23), and just 22 in 2020.
Photo: Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The first round of the NFL Draft is finished, with a handful of surprises spreading across the round. Some teams benefited from players who slid, while others made bold picks that could make or break the franchise for years to come. There’s a reason it’s one of the most important days of the NFL calendar, after all.
So who did the best? Here are the five best picks of the 2020 NFL Draft’s first round.
5. Broncos select Jerry Jeudy 15th overall
There were rumors that the Broncos were going to try to move up to draft Jeudy. They managed to get him without even having to trade up. Jeudy is an incredibly well-rounded receiver who should be ready to get volume targets immediately. That’s great news for young quarterback Drew Lock, who will want weapons to assist his effort in becoming the franchise quarterback. Jeudy is a perfect weapon, and he should improve the Denver offense immediately.
4. Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa 5th overall
The Dolphins were comfortable with Tagovailoa medically, and that was all that mattered. They tuned out the noise, pushed aside the chatter about a trade, and drafted a franchise quarterback. As long as Tagovailoa stays healthy, he should be a success in the NFL. For Miami to get him at No. 5 when it looked like he was going to be the consensus No. 1 pick a year ago is a huge win, and they did the right thing when it came time to make the pick.
3. Ravens select Patrick Queen 28th overall
One of the best value picks of the round, Queen was one of the defensive MVPs for LSU’s championship team. He fits in with the Ravens perfectly, as he fills a need and is likely to be ready to start immediately. Queen is a dynamic player who goes sideline-to-sideline, and with so much talent on defense around him, he won’t be under huge pressure or a massive spotlight. The Ravens are great at developing quality defensive players, so don’t be surprised if Queen follows in that tradition.
2. Buccaneers select Tristan Wirfs 13th overall
Tampa Bay’s offseason plans have revolved around Tom Brady, and so does this pick. Brady has weapons in Tampa, but he needed protection. The Buccaneers responded by getting their new quarterback one of the top offensive linemen in the draft while only having to move up one pick to do so. Wirfs was another player who was expected to go in the top ten, but the Buccaneers were the beneficiaries of his modest slide. Brady, for one, should be very happy.
1. Cardinals select Isaiah Simmons 8th overall
Simmons might be the best athlete in the draft. He can play all over the defense, which should provide the Cardinals with significant flexibility as they scheme against the talent in their division. With Arizona’s offense looking to be on the rise, they needed defense here. Simmons was a top five pick in the minds of some, so for him to drop to No. 8 is a major coup. Simmons has all the tools to be a star, and might become the new leader of the Arizona defense in the years to come.
NFL Draft prospects were supposed to gather in Las Vegas for this year’s draft, but the health crisis changed those plans. Players are now at their homes, and teams are drafting from home as well.
But the switched plans did not rob one prospect of helping his mother experience the enjoyment of the draft experience.
Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs had a red carpet set up outside his home, and his mother got to walk down it and receive some flowers from her son. This was their way for her to experience the magnitude of what this night represents.
Wirfs is expected to be a top 15 pick in the draft and will end up signing for life-changing money. Beyond that, he’s giving his family a life-changing experience. It was cool they were able to make the most of the situation.
The 2020 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and rumors about potential trades are beginning to heat up.
While very few things about the draft are predictable, it’s easy to guarantee a slew of trades will take place in Round 1 and beyond — many of those coming over the first 10 or so picks. Even in a virtual setting, that’s not likely to change.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five of the top potential trade-up targets.
How much does the NFL Combine matter? Whether you think it’s relevant to actual football or not, it matters a great deal, and a good showing during workouts can significantly bolster a player’s draft stock. The 2020 Combine has been no exception, with multiple players doing themselves big favors.
Here are five players who helped themselves in a big way and may be looking at a higher draft spot than before thanks to their work at the Combine.
5. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Hurts probably won’t go early in the draft, but his NFL Combine performance has probably convinced people that he deserves to be a quarterback. While he ran the fastest 40 of all quarterbacks, the real headline is that he showed real proficiency as a passer and looked the part of a quarterback. That may make him a Day 2 pick, and it should be enough to ensure that he gets a shot at playing quarterback at the next level, which is what he always wanted.