Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., better known to the world as simply Tom Brady, is an American Football quarterback whose long list of triumphs includes leading the NFL's New England Patriots to five Superbowl victories and earning the MVP title four times in a row.
Tom Brady QB #12
Ht / Wt: 6-4, 225
Drafted: 2000 / Rd: 6 / Pk: 199
Experience: 18th season
Born in San Mateo, California on August 3, 1977, the young Brady took an early interest in the game, attending the San Francisco Patriots games whenever they were in town with his family on Sundays. The Patriots were his team of choice at this early age, as he idolized such San Francisco greats as Steve Young and Joe Montana.
Did You Know?
Forbes lists Brady as the world's 44th highest paid sportsperson in the world, taking his $44 million earnings for the year 2016 into account.
Before his first Superbowl outing, Brady actually dozed off for about half an hour before the game
Brady had the option of joining a professional baseball outfit - the Montreal Expos - in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft
Brady claims to have never had a sip of coffee in his entire life
High School Career
While at Junipero Serra High School, Brady showed remarkable athleticism, excelling in both Football and Baseball. He displayed a unique blend of fighting spirit and on-field intelligence that seemed to mark him out for the kind of roles requiring those qualities.
He had demonstrated this on the youth sport baseball grounds as a catcher that could be relied upon to run, throw, hit, and handle pitchers with the best of them. He only turned his focus fully on to football when he got into his high school freshman year at Junipero, a school with a long tradition of producing superstar performers of which the likes of Lynn Swann and Barry Bonds are examples.
Coming into his college years, Brady had the world in the palm of his hands, more or less. Offers were coming in from schools all over the country, of which he finally chose to go with the University of Michigan on a full scholarship.
He arrived at the Ann Arbor campus to find a team under a great deal of pressure to perform, with the team having failed to make it to the Rose Bowl for two consecutive years. Things weren't looking good, and the firing of coach Gary Moeller before the season over drunkenness didn't help matters at all.
The job fell to defensive coordinator Lloyd Carr, who had Brady serve as a backup quarterback to the likes of future NFL stars such as Scott Driesbach and Brian Griese. It was frustrating, but he finally got his chance to start in 1998, his junior year. He didn't disappoint. He went on to earn an Honorable mention in the AllBig Ten Conference; AllBig Ten Academic Pick (3.3 GPA); as well as set numerous University of Michigan records. He kept up the pace in 1999, leading the Wolverines to Citrus Bowl victory before finally ascending to team captaincy in the year 2000.
It wasn't all smooth sailing - he was forced to share quarterback duties with teammate Drew Henson, who the team management didn't want to lose by not giving enough playing time. Brady responded by putting in more effort, throwing the 25-yard pass that saw the Wolverines clinch victory in the 2000 Orange Bowl against the University of Alabama.
Tom had established his reputation as a quarterback with an excellent throwing accuracy and exceptional arm strength, but his college prospects were somewhat dimmed by his on-and-off starting, which made coaches hesitant. He was finally picked up in the 2000 NFL Draft as the 199th pick by a then-struggling New England Patriots. He joined up with the squad determined to erase any doubts they might have had about him.
After the draft, Brady found himself once more on the bench as a reserve quarterback, but he used the time well to study the Patriots' playbook thoroughly, in addition to bulking up his considerable 6-foot-four frame and learning how to optimise his on-field strategy by peppering team veterans with questions. He only played one game in his first season, against the Detroit Lions in a game they lost 34 to 9 and in which he only completed one pass. The Patriots finished at the very bottom of the AFC East Division that season.
Brady's efforts going into the off-season so impressed his coaches that when the star quarterback, Drew Bledsoe received a hard hit to the chest during the season's second game, Brady was called to step up. The Patriots went o to lose that game, but Brady was just getting started. As he settled into the role, it soon became apparent to all that the new starting quarterback was exactly what the Patriots side had been missing.
The now 24-year-old Brady took up leadership of the team with a composure belying his years to steer the team to a rare string of wins. After ending their 2000 season at the bottom of the table, 2001 saw them riding high as AFC Division Champions with a direct ticket to the Superbowl.
Super Bowl XXXVI
Even though the Patriots were coming into the Super Bowl off of a remarkable 11-5 season, they were still considered the underdogs. Their previous Super Bowl track record didn't inspire a lot of confidence, and at the team's helm was a quarterback that was sorely lacking in experience. Brady wasn't fazed by this at all.
The game against the St. Louis Rams found a Tom Brady that was so relaxed that he took himself a nap in the locker room. The game turned out to be a highly charged affair that was only broken by a superbly executed nine-play drive by the Patriot that saw them positioned for a field goal to break a late-game tie. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20 to 17 with only a handful of seconds left on the clock. Brady had officially arrived.
Brady not only steered his side to a victory, he earned the MVP Award in addition to setting a new record as the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl at the age of 24 years and 184 days. He matured in the team's eyes, garnering the respect of coaches and players alike as a true leader suited for the Patriots' franchise. It's been a heady tale of success ever since, with 4 Super Bowls to attest to the team's health (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014).
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