Tom Brady led a parade of sports stars with Tampa ties in wishing the Tampa Bay Lightning luck before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“Let’s do this Lightning,” Brady says in the video shared by the Lightning on social media Saturday. “Bring home the Cup! Let’s go!”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion started a video that included many famous figures, inculding ESPN football analyst and former Buccaneers first round draft pick Booger McFarland.
“Congratulations on the last two Stanley Cups,” McFarland said. “But guess what? That’s old news. Nobody cares. Let’s go get a third.”
ESPN broadcaster and Tampa sports superfan Dick Vitale also chimed in.
“Yes, here comes the Avalanche and everyone said the Avalanche are the favorite to win it pre-season,” Vitale said. “They have to go through the Bolts, baby, and the Lightning will find a way. They will find a way. They’re mentally tough. They make big plays at the right time. Look for the Lightning!”
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, currently training in Tampa for his upcoming final wrestling match at age 73, also had some words for the Lightning.
Vitale predicted the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup in six games.
Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles, former USA Hockey player Mike Eruzione and former Tampa Bay Rays player Tino Martinez also offered the Lightning words of encouragement.
“You guys know what it takes,” Martinez said. “You know the grind it takes and you’re so close to the end. Keep doing what you’re doing. Grind it out. Find a way to do it and I’ll see you guys on the water.”