One came out of retirement, another emerged from football purgatory and a third was plucked from limbo-land.
Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette, all stars elsewhere before taking different paths and teaming up together in Tampa Bay.
Brought to the Buccaneers by the lure of Tom Brady, they each ended up in the end zone Sunday night in a 31-9 Super Bowl romp over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s hands down one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history," Gronkowski said.
Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes and Brown snagged another as the Bucs built a 21-6 halftime lead. Fournette bolted 27 yards for a score midway through the third quarter that left little doubt how this game would turn out.
Brady wound up with his seventh NFL championship and was the Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time.
“All week he made us believe we were going to win,” Fournette said. “He was texting us at 11 o’clock at night: ‘We will win this game.’ And we believed in him, we believed in the plays the coaches were calling and we just ran with it.”
Brady, naturally, tossed the credit to his teammates.