Saints: C.J. Gardner-Johnson epically discusses picking off Tom Brady

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

What do Tom Brady, a baby GOAT, and a boat have in common?

Hold your thought — New Orleans Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson will explain.

But first, a little backstory:

Once upon a time, the Saints played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season. Gardner-Johnson was paddling along in the ocean and…

Apparently, as Gardner-Johnson recalls, this football game was played on the open seas.

The Saints’ safety described his second quarter pick of Tom Brady in the most colorful way, as he was no doubt in good spirits after New Orleans’ 36-27 win against their NFC South rivals.

New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson waxes poetic about his pick in Week 8

Gardner-Johnson recorded six combined tackles and one pass defense along with his pick in Week 8. His pick on Brady marks his third career interception; his first came against Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan in his rookie season, and his second came last season against receiver Kendall Hinton on the Denver Broncos.

Picking the GOAT is arguably the most difficult pick of them all, so Gardner-Johnson took it upon himself to describe the fantastical tale, in nautical terms nonetheless.

The story has everything you could want: characters (imagine, if you will, a cute “baby GOAT”), plot, setting, conflict. The only thing it’s missing is an ending, but we all know what happens next.

The Saints defense is good, possibly Super Bowl good, and even in tough and gritty matchups, Gardner-Johnson lives to tell the tale.

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Gardner-Johnson could consider a career in the arts if his football thing doesn’t work out. But where would the fun be in that?