Super Bowl-winning MVP quarterback Joe Theismann predicted the Kansas City Chiefs will win Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend as millions watch the showdown between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
"I think Patrick's legs give them an edge, and Tom's going to have to be hotter than ever before, but I'll pick Kansas City on this one," the former Washington quarterback told CNBC's The News with Shepard Smith. "
Brady will make his tenth Super Bowl appearance against last year's Super Bowl MVP Mahomes at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Brady was the last quarterback to win two Lombardi trophies in a row. Mahomes was in kindergarten when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2002.
Theismann said host Shepard Smith that Super Bowl LV is one of the most significant quarterback matchups in history due to the age difference between the two quarterbacks.
"It's a great story between the grizzled veteran who is likely to go on for at least a few more years and the young child who looks like the obvious heir," said Theismann.
Hall of Fame sports journalist Jerry Green has covered every Super Bowl since the first in 1967. Green told The News with Shepard Smith that while he admires Brady very much, he thinks Johnny Unitas is the best ever.
It will be the first Super Bowl ever hosted by a home team, but Theismann doesn't think this will give the Bucs an advantage.
"Kansas City basically stayed home, Tampa Bay is home, so both teams have had the opportunity to control the environment they are in in hopes that no one shows up late with Covid and Covid." Suddenly something has to change, so I don't really see it as a big advantage at the moment, "explained Theismann.
The NFL and players have had to adapt to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both the Bucs and Chiefs, for example, have been tested twice a day rather than once since winning their conference championship games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered President Joe Biden all 30 league stadiums as bulk vaccination sites.
"The NFL and our 32 member clubs are committed to making vaccines as widely available as possible in our communities," wrote Goodell. "To that end, each NFL team will make their stadium available to the public for mass vaccination in coordination with local, state and federal health authorities."
Goodell added that seven NFL stadiums across the country are already being used as mega vaccination sites.
Despite this unprecedented nature of the season and the Super Bowl, Theismann said he wouldn't be surprised to see 43-year-old Brady out on the field for a few more years.
"If you have the ability to throw the ball like Tom did and the protection he gets 45 is possible," said Theismann. "He's not going away quietly."