Roger Goodell stepped toward Tom Brady, gained the attention of the record-setting, five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback by touching him on the left arm, and then reached in for a handshake.
After the divisive Deflategate investigation that became a federal case.
After the NFL commissioner forced Brady to endure a four-game suspension at the start of the season.
After Brady answered those trials and a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons to lead his New England Patriots to victory in Sunday’s first-ever overtime Super Bowl.
In a raucous Houston stadium, veteran broadcast reporter Jim Gray leaned in to listen and document the exchange.