Bucs' Tom Brady pokes fun at himself while congratulating Lakers' LeBron James

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TAMPA, Fla. — In one swift tweet Monday congratulating the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James on his fourth NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady managed to:

Make fun of his fourth-down gaffe from Thursday night

Respond to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool‘s troll job from Sunday

Show off his social media team’s stellar photoshop skills

Remind all of us that, in the midst of celebrating James’ greatness, he too has four Super Bowl MVP awards, and six rings

Congrats to my brother @KingJames on winning his 4th championship. Not bad for a washed up old guy! pic.twitter.com/mm0fylMbS7

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 12, 2020

Let’s unpack it all to understand why this was so well-played:

On Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, Brady’s first prime-time game in a Buccaneers uniform, and trailing 20-19, Brady appeared to lose track of what down it was. After tight end Cam Brate couldn’t grab hold of a well-covered fourth-down pass, and the Bears’ offense headed back onto the field, Brady turned to an official puzzled and held up four fingers.

Brady was asked

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