Career of Bucs backup QB Ryan Griffin, best known for holding up drunk Tom Brady

Two and a half years ago, after the Buccaneers pasted the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the most indelible image from the team’s booze-soaked championship boat parade along Hillsborough River was a plastered Tom Brady returning ashore, tottering past news cameras as he leaned on a teammate who looked more like a bouncer hauling a troublemaker out of a bar.

For the wider football world, the scene embodied how the typically vanilla Brady—who later winkingly blamed felt drunkenness on too much avocado tequila—cut loose in celebration of his record-setting seventh Super Bowl ring. For those inside Tampa Bay’s locker room, however, it spoke even greater volumes about the fellow signal-caller quietly supporting Brady in his moment of bacchanalian need.

As tight end Cameron Brate says, “That’s Griff in a nutshell, that picture right there.”


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