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T-Mobile ad starring Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski won’t air on Super Bowl Sunday

This T-Mobile ad wasn’t approved to air during the Super Bowl due to yellow tape, but it’s well-worth watching.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate in the end zone after the team scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

T-Mobile featured Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in a stunner Super Bowl LV commercial, but unfortunately, it won’t be making the airwaves.

Their official company account tweeted the video Friday with a note that it had been banned from airing Sunday, presumably during the Super Bowl. The NFL has an exclusive rights contract with Verizon as their official telecommunications sponsor, which T-Mobile has speculated led to the ban.

T-Mobile ad explains how Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski really ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020

Apparently, it all went down during a phone call with spotty cell service. As Tom Brady calls former teammate Rob Gronkowski for some advice on the next steps in his career, a bad 5G connection (which T-Mobile implicitly could have helped him avoid) leads him to misinterpret Gronk’s message. What Gronk didn’t know was that Tom Brady would be bringing him along for the ride.

Also, we learned that Tom Brady is not soft or weak. Duly noted.