TAMPA, Fla. – Seconds after linebacker Devin White intercepted a pass in the end zone, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians started doling out hugs. Players, assistants, staffers, they all got in line.
Arians unplugged his headset, slipped on a Super Bowl championship hat and braced for the traditional Gatorade shower. He didn’t even try to avoid it.
After defensive lineman Vita Vea and William Gholston emptied the bucket on his head and shoulders, Arians raised both arms and turned to the stands to — quite literally — soak it all in.
It wasn’t Arians saying goodbye, either.
“Hell, no,” he said. “I ain’t going anywhere. I’m coming back to try to get two and we’ll see after that.”
The 68-year-old Arians made history by becoming the oldest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl when the Buccaneers routed the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 Sunday night.
Arians bumped New England’s Bill Belichick from the top spot. Belichick was 66 when the Patriots — also with Tom Brady at quarterback — beat the Los Angeles Rams two years ago.
Arians can add that to an impressive resume that now includes three Super Bowl rings — he won two as an assistant with Pittsburgh — and more proof that he’s one of the best offensive minds in league lore.