WATCH: Cocoa Native, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Intercepts Tom Brady Late to Seal Saints 9-0 Victory
By espn.com // December 20, 2021
first time brady has been shutout since 20
Tom Brady is INTERCEPTED by Chauncey Gardner-Johnson! #Saints pic.twitter.com/izXwZNyCuH
— Pro Football Culture (@proftblculture) December 20, 2021
(ESPN) – On a night they were looking to clinch their first NFC South title since 2007.
The Buccaneers lost Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in the first half Sunday against the Saints, Leonard Fournette in the second, and they were shut out for the first time in Tom Brady’s tenure as their quarterback.
The 9-0 defeat to the Saints marked only the third shoutout of Brady’s NFL career with him as the starter, and first since Week 14 of the 2006 season when he was a member of the New England Patriots and opposing Joey Harrington and the Nick Saban-coached Miami Dolphins.
Both of Brady’s top targets were ruled out to begin the second half.
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2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME: High Impact New Orleans Saints Player Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from Cocoa Tigers Football Recognized as Among Best Young Players in NFL.
Former Cocoa Tiger and Florida Gator Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has been a high impact player ever since beginning his career on the youth football fields of Brevard County, right up to his selection to the Pro Football Writers Association 2019 All-Rookie Team.
During his senior year at Cocoa High School, the 2015 Space Coast Daily – Friday Night Locker Room Prep Football Player of the Year helped guide the Tigers to a 10-3 record and a spot in the state semifinal game.
Playing in the Tigers defensive secondary, Gardner-Johnson shut down half the field against opposing high school quarterbacks, as he registered 31 solo tackles, 55 total tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions in 2015.
Gardner-Johnson was also a force on offense for the then Tigers’ head coach John Wilkinson as he churned out 927 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns, and was frequently seen returning kickoffs for touchdowns.
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