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Tampa Bay Mayors, Major League Teams Celebrate Champions Day



Tampa Bay mayors and executives from all four Tampa Bay teams declared Friday, April 23, 2021 as "Champions Day". Photo: Mellissa Thomas / Florida National News.

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) — Mayors Jane Castor (Tampa), Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg) and Frank Hibbard (Hillsborough County), along with executives from all four Tampa Bay teams commemorated “Champions Day” Friday.

With the breathtaking Tampa Bay in the backdrop, the mayors gathered at Ballast Point Park and laid out the Tampa Bay Lightning’s recently-won Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV Lombardi trophy, the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ USL trophy, and the Tampa Bay Rays’ American League Championship trophy as a show of gratitude to faithful Tampa Bay sports fans and a celebration for the winning teams. “Champa Bay” got its day.

“We want to thank the fans for their support,” said Brian Ford, Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO. “We’re going for number two!”

Mayor Castor recalled the area’s massive visibility and appeal during the Super Bowl. “…Millions of people got to see firsthand our beautiful city and great weather…[They] were expecting the crowds to be much smaller due to the pandemic, but thousands of people came.”

“For sports fans, I don’t think there’s a better city than Tampa Bay,” gushed Mayor Kriseman.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’



Tom Brady announces his retirement again, this time with a recorded video posted on Twitter instead of a written statement or tweet. Image: Tom Brady (Twitter, screen capture).

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.

“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”

“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”

Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.

His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins

* 5 Super Bowl MVP Awards
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Passing Yards
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.

So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.

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2023 Super Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs



NEW YORK, NY – It’s official, the Philadelphia Eagles will be meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII. The NFL teams will match up at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12, 2023, on Fox.

The Eagles dominated the San Francisco 49ers in the 2023 NFC Championship Game with a final score of 7-31. The NFC East team last won Super Bowl LII in 2017 when they faced the New England Patriots. Their previous Super Bowl appearances were in 2005 against the Patriots and in 1980 against the Oakland Raiders, both games in which they lost.


The Chiefs are headed to another Super Bowl and hoping to win their third win at the championship game. Patrick Mahomes led his team to a win at the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals and it was a field goal kick that gave the Chiefs the 3-point advantage in a close game that ended with a score of 20-23.

Their last win at the Super Bowl was in 2020 when they faced the 49ers and won. Previous to that, the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV when they faced the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. The Chiefs last appeared in a Super Bowl in 2021 when they lost against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the entertainment side, country music star Chris Stapleton will perform the National Anthem and Babyface will sing “America the Beautiful” before kickoff. Additionally, Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph will be singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during the pre-show.

The Halftime show will be headlined by Rihanna, the first show produced under the new Apple Music sponsorship, who replaced Pepsi.

Roc Nation founder Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games



Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39)runs during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.

Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.

In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.

The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.

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