With the Buccaneers’ 31-9 win over the Chiefs on Sunday, Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring — an all-time amazing feat that eclipses every single NFL franchise in league history.
Not to be missed in that incredible statistic: Brady’s teammate, running back LeSean McCoy, who won his second consecutive Super Bowl ring without having played in either game.
Not bad work, if you can get it.
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McCoy earned his first Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs for the 2019 season. In his one year in Kansas City, he ran 101 times for 465 yards and four scores, adding 28 receptions for 181 yards and another touchdown. But he only played in one offensive snap the entire playoffs, against Houston, and was declared inactive for the Chiefs’ 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl 54.
Either way, it still counts; that’s Super Bowl ring No. 1.
After Shady ended his one-year stint in Kansas City, he signed another such deal with Tampa Bay. This time, he played in only 12 games all season, including the Bucs’ two postseason wins over New Orleans and Green Bay. While he was deemed active for Super Bowl 55, however, he did not take a snap. That gives him season totals of 10 carries for 31 yards and 15 receptions for 101 yards.
Again: It still counts. So that’s Super Bowl ring No. 2.
Not to detract anything from McCoy, of course. He’s an NFL veteran who played a role with both Super Bowl-winning teams, even if he didn’t get to contribute in the big game. Call it a reward for a fantastic career, which prior to 2019 included six seasons of at least 1,000 yards rushing and eight straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage — but zero Super Bowl wins.