Tom Brady gifts Super Bowl tickets to 10-year-old cancer survivor and family
'I’m like in shock, I don’t really believe it’s happening,' said Noah Reeb, 10, a cancer survivor, who received the surprise gift from Tom Brady
On Saturday, January 15, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady surprised one of his fans, a 10-year-old brain cancer survivor called Noah Reeb, with Super Bowl tickets. He took part in an interaction with the fan that moved NFL fans. During Tampa Bay's 38-3 triumph against the Chicago Bears, a ten-year-old Noah Reeb stood in the front row at Raymond James Stadium, holding a placard declaring Tom Brady encouraged him to fight brain cancer.
Brady approached Reeb after the game, giving him his hat and words of support — an encounter with his hero that emotionally overwhelmed Reeb. Brady is now continuing to pay it forward. Brady surprised Reeb and his family with Super Bowl LVI tickets this week. Brady had no idea the Reebs were in attendance and went over to say hi in person, giving Noah a Buccaneers cap as well. Noah told ESPN, "I’m like in shock, I don’t really believe it’s happening. He sticks the hat on my head, he shakes my hand, and he says something like ‘Nice job buddy.'"
Brady's surprise builds on a relationship he's built with Reeb and his family, as he first reached out to Reeb during his cancer fight when a community outreach initiative drew the attention of the seven-time Super Bowl champion. Reeb was diagnosed with a germinoma in February of last year and was cancer-free by August.
Brady added in a video message to the Reeb family that Noah "inspired so many people including myself, but millions of others also. The NFL and the Bucs look forward to sending deserving fans to the Super Bowl each year and fans that have incredible stories like the one you’ve had. So as a thank you, I worked with both the Bucs and the NFL to get you and your family Super Bowl tickets this year in L.A." He continued, "We certainly hope to be there, but I know you’re going to be there. It’s going to be really cool for all of us. So glad to see you’re doing well, take care, man, and enjoy the tickets." After this, Noah responded, "Thank you so much! Let’s go Bucs!"
The perfect scenario for Reeb and his family would be for Brady to participate in the Super Bowl once more, this time as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attempting to win his eighth Lombardi Trophy and his second as a member of the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers' playoff journey still continues in Tampa, where they will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card round as NFC South winners.