Tom Brady has gained extra Tremendous Bowl rings than some other participant in NFL historical past, however he would not have all of the bragging rights in Tampa. And that is as a result of there may be one participant on the Buccaneers roster who really holds a report for Tremendous Bowl rings that not even Brady has been in a position to match.
When the Buccaneers beat the Chiefs 31-9 in Tremendous Bowl LV, that allowed Kenjon Barner to earn his third profession ring. Though Brady has gained 4 extra rings than Barner, the operating again does maintain one edge over Brady: He gained the three rings with three totally different groups, which implies Barner is now tied with Matt Millen with regards to the NFL report for many Tremendous Bowl rings with totally different groups.
Throughout his 12-year profession, Millen gained a complete of 4 rings with three totally different groups (Raiders twice, 49ers, Washington). Barner’s path to the Tremendous Bowl ring report is a bit bit crazier than Millen’s, and that is as a result of the 31-year-old has principally spent his whole profession as a journeyman operating again who has thrived on particular groups. However, Millen was on the sphere as a beginning linebacker for his whole profession.
Barner’s NFL profession began with the Panthers in 2013 after Carolina made him a sixth-round decide within the NFL draft. Though issues did not work out with the Panthers, Barner did latch on with the Eagles in 2014 and that is the place he would win his first Tremendous Bowl ring, which got here throughout his fourth season in Philadelphia.
Throughout Philly’s 2017 season, Barner touched the ball simply 21 occasions on offense, nonetheless he did contact the ball recurrently on particular groups. Within the Eagles’ Tremendous Bowl LI win over the Patriots, Barner made his mark on particular groups by averaging 24.3 yards on three returns.
After 4 seasons in Philly, Barner moved on to New England in 2018. Throughout a wild season, Barner was minimize by the Patriots three totally different occasions over the course of three months. Throughout his 5 video games on New England’s energetic roster, Barner carried the ball 19 occasions for 71 yards.
For some groups, which may not be sufficient to earn a Tremendous Bowl ring, nevertheless it was for the Patriots, who positively did not have to provide Barner a hoop. Underneath NFL guidelines, the league will solely present cash for as much as 150 rings. Nevertheless, Robert Kraft ended up paying for 231 rings and Barner was one of many gamers who bought one regardless that he did not finish the season on New England’s roster (you possibly can learn extra particulars on that distinctive scenario by clicking right here).
Barner’s third ring, after all, got here with the Buccaneers. The operating again signed with Tampa Bay’s observe squad in September and ended up enjoying in a complete of six video games for the Buccaneers in 2020. Sadly for Barner, he suffered a groin damage in Week 16, which compelled Tampa Bay to place him on injured reserve. Regardless of being on IR for the Tremendous Bowl, he’ll nonetheless be getting his third ring, which implies he’ll have three rings with three totally different groups, one thing not even Brady can say he is carried out.
In fact, as soon as Brady finds out about this, nobody can be shocked if he finds a brand new staff to win a Tremendous Bowl with, simply so he can match Millen’s and Barner’s report.
Barner is about to be a free agent this yr, which implies if he finds a brand new staff to play for and that staff wins the Tremendous Bowl, then he’ll go away Millen within the mud and have the all-time report to himself.