In what proved to be otherwise disastrous showing in Super Bowl LV, it was Tyrann Mathieu who provided the most on-field fireworks for the Kansas City Chiefs that night. After the loss that included multiple verbal exchanges with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, the three-time All-Pro safety deleted a postgame tweet that suggested Brady “called me something I won’t repeat” — a claim that was also later refuted by NFL Network’s Michael Irvin.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported on February 8 that Brady texted Mathieu a lengthy apology in which he called the eight-year veteran a “class act” and a “great leader.”
Speaking to the media this week for the first time since the Chiefs’ championship loss, Mathieu shared his perspective on his relationship with the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
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Mathieu on Brady: ‘We’ve Always Been Cool’
In a new one-on-one interview with Aaron Ladd of 41 Action News in Kansas City, Mathieu acknowledged that he and Brady are on good terms.
“Me and [Tom] Brady, we’re cool, we’ve always been cool,” Mathieu told Ladd on April 19. “You get in these intense battles and you realize everything is on the line and you just try your best to claw and scratch and try to find a way to win. I would say this, I’d probably say that whole moment was really a coaching lesson for me, a teaching lesson for me. Just being a leader and understanding the magnitude of composure.”
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) April 19, 2021
The 43-year-old legend got the better of the Chiefs defense in their most recent matchup, posting a clean line of 203 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 21-of-29 passes.
With Tampa Bay now returning all 22 of its starters from last season and Kansas City retooling its battered offensive line this offseason, a potential rematch could very well be in store next postseason. Interestingly enough, the only team to open with a higher projected 2021 win total than the Bucs (11.5) is the Chiefs (12), according to oddsmakers for William Hill.
Chris Licata is an NFL contributor covering the Kansas City Chiefs from enemy territory in Denver, Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Licata or join the Heavy on Chiefs Facebook community for the latest out of Chiefs Kingdom!