Houston - US
President Donald Trump was quick off the mark in tweeting his praise of
the New England Patriots on Sunday, after they authored the biggest
comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
"What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots," Trump tweeted as
social media echoed with tributes to New England's 34-28 triumph in the
NFL championship showcase in Houston, Texas.
"Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!" added
Trump, who has regularly referenced his friendship with Pats quarterback
Brady, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.
Brady brought the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit to force overtime
- the first Super Bowl overtime in history - becoming the first
quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles and the first four-time Super
Bowl Most Valuable Player.
"That should shut up all the doubters about who the greatest QB of
all time is!!" former Patriots linebacker Vince Wilfork tweeted.
Some of the comments celebrating Brady and the team were tinged with
lingering bitterness over the four-game ban handed Brady by the NFL over
the Deflategate saga.
"#JusticePrevails," the Boston Police department tweeted.
"#BostonStrong: When they suspended TB12 for 4 games they didn't just
disrespect the greatest QB of all time, they insulted a region."
Boston's other pro sports teams - the NBA's Celtics, NHL's Bruins
and Major League Baseball's Red Sox - offered their congratulations, as
did individual players.
Rising Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, who leads the NBA in
fourth-quarter scoring, tweeted: "You know what time it is!!! 4th qtr
killa!!! Damn that was amazing."
LeBron James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to an astonishing NBA
Finals comeback triumph last season, added his praise of Brady as the
"Greatest of All Time".
"Brady=GOAT. CONGRATS brother!!" James tweeted, also posting a video salute on the Uninterrupted website.
Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, winner of five NBA titles with the Los
Angeles Lakers, tweeted: "5 rings can't be deflated #Brady #Muse".