Tom Brady Ignored Coach’s Orders to Get Rob Gronkowski a Sweet $1 Million Bonus
Even with a decisive lead over the Panthers, Brady refused to leave the game until Gronk got his $1 million in performance bonuses.
USA Today reports that the four-time Super Bowl-winning tight end needed 85 receiving yards and seven catches to claim incentives worth $500,000 each headed into the lopsided matchup.
Gronkowski got the yardage bonus early in the second half with a 42-yard catch. But with just under seven minutes left in regulation, all that stood between him and the other $500,000 was a single reception.
With an effectively decisive 31-17 lead and the No. 2 playoff seed locked up, the Bucs coaching staff was ready to bench the starters. But Brady wasn’t about to let his longtime friend and trusty target miss out on a $500,000 paycheck.
Footage captured during CBS’ broadcast shows an incensed Brady grabbing his helmet and telling the coaches that he’s getting back on the field. Moments later, Brady completed a short pass to Gronkowski near the sideline, thereby securing the other $500,000.
Brady sat out immediately after the play as Blaine Gabbert took his place. The Bucs won 41-17, and Gronkowski walked out $1 million richer.