Buccaneers All-Pro OT Tristan Wirfs Says He Doesn't Have Tom Brady's Phone Number

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 12, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs said Tuesday he still doesn't have quarterback Tom Brady's phone number.

Wirfs, a 2021 first-team All-Pro selection, said, "I don't think I'm there yet."

The 23-year-old University of Iowa product previously explained his first interaction with the Hall of Fame quarterback came after the Bucs drafted him in the first round in 2020. Brady reached out on Instagram, and it took a while for the lineman to respond.

"The very first thing was he messaged me on Instagram," Wirfs told reporters last year. "I didn't open it for like nine hours because it was draft night and so I had a ton of messages and I didn't see it until the next day. And I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' I was scared."

It's unclear if he's asked Brady for his number or is waiting for the seven-time Super Bowl champion to provide it.

Regardless, it's hard to imagine Wirfs could have done more within his first two NFL seasons to earn the 44-year-old signal-caller's digits.

He's played all 33 regular-season games and played at a high level, including a start in the team's Super Bowl LV win. He earned a strong 84.6 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2021 and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Brady, who rejoined Tampa's active roster after a brief six-week retirement, often holds throwing sessions with skill-position players in the offseason, but those workouts don't tend to feature linemen.

While both Brady and Wirfs have enjoyed plenty of success without sharing phone numbers, it wouldn't be a surprise if the quarterback passes it along through a teammate just to bring the story to an end.