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When Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 it changed the franchise. Then, he brought Gronk to Tampa and the Bucs won Super Bowl 55. What if they never joined the Bucs?  There is a story out there about an NFL team that didn’t want Brady and Gronk.

The team is the Las Vegas Raiders and the source of this is UFC boss, Dana White. It was all confirmed by Rob Gronkowski himself. White was on “UFC 278 with The Gronks” on Saturday when he talked about it.

Dana White talked about how he was helping the Raiders bring Brady and Gronk to Vegas. White said, “I worked to put that deal together for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. And it was almost a done deal, and at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said that he didn’t want them, and all hell broke loose, man.

“It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses, and it wasn’t being said yet that Gronk was coming, so Las Vegas would’ve had Brady and Gronk the year that the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal up.”

The former Raiders and Bucs coach, Jon Gruden, is the one who nixed the deal according to White.

Gronk Confirmed The Team That Didn’t Want Brady And Gronk

Gronk’s response to White’s story, “And Dana, that is exactly what happened, and you just told the story.”

He added, “It worked out for the best, and I’m glad it did not go through. It all worked out for the best, man. I’m glad we went to Tampa, man. I loved that place.”

So, there is a team that didn’t want Brady and Gronk and Bucs fans aren’t we glad that they didn’t?

The Top Sports-Inspired Baby Names

Choosing a name for a baby can be stressful for parents. Sometimes people get inspired by watching their favorite player play sports. The list of the top sports-inspired baby names has come out.

A website named Betsperts has compiled the list. The even compiled a list of iconic sporting moments that inspired baby names. Like in 2009 the name Tiger had a 225% increase because of Tiger Woods.

There are not any Tampa Bay sports players on the Top 10 list, but two former Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are in the Top 25. Aqib Talib inspired 155 baby names. Darrelle Revis inspired 64 names.

Check out the list of the top sports-inspired baby names for this year below.

  • #1 - Kobe Bryant

    Kobe tragically dies in aa helicopter crash in 2020, but 17,071 babies were named “Kobe” after him.

  • #2 - David Beckham

    One of the world’s most popular soccer players. He hasn’t played professionally since 2013, but “Beckham” inspired 12,211 baby names.

  • #3 - Serena Williams

    She recently announced she will be retiring after this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament. “Serena” inspired 10,620 baby names.

  • #4 - Sidney Crosby

    A superstar hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Crosby” inspired 4,397 baby names.

  • #5 - Carli Lloyd

    She players soccer for the USA and has won a World Cup or two. “Carli” inspired 4,102 baby names.

  • #6 - Floyd Mayweather

    A championship boxer and his name “Floyd” inspired 2,144 baby names.

  • #7 - Venus Williams

    The older sister of Serena Williams. She made a name for herself playing tennis as well. 1,876 named their baby “Venus”.

  • #8 - Marshawn Lynch

    The now retired NFL running back is on the list. “Marshawn” inspired 1,719 baby names.

  • #9 - LeBron James

    The NBA superstar for the Los Angeles Lakers. His name “LeBron” has inspired 1,112 baby names.

  • #10 - Tiger Woods

    The golf superstar has inspired 810 baby names of his name “Tiger”.