Tom Brady, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., is a National Football League (NFL) quarterback for the well-coached New England Patriots. Benefiting from playing for perhaps the greatest NFL coach ever, Brady is one of only two players, and the only quarterback, to win five Super Bowls. After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady's 15 seasons as a starter, he has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances, the most for any player in history.
Brady was suspended for four games at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season for apparently leading one of the most elaborate cheating schemes in the history of sports, whereby he had footballs deflated below regulation so that he could obtain greater control over his passes. His throwing arm is not particularly strong and his mobility is weak. He failed to cooperate with the investigation and a cloud of suspicion remains about whether he has been truthful to this day about the scheme, and about how long it was going on.
Brady has timidly supported Donald Trump, whom his head head coach Bill Belichick and the owner of the New England Patriots also reportedly support. As it grew closer to the election, Brady refused to answer questions about Trump.
Brady declined to visit Barack Obama at the White House following Super Bowl XLIX and was a golf partner of former President George H.W. Bush in the early 2000's. Brady attended State of the Union addresses by George W. Bush and was reportedly blessed at the Vatican by Pope John Paul II, a blessing available to any member of the public.
High School Football
Brady attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California from 1992 through 1995. In his freshmen year, he sat on the bench and watched the Padres (Junípero Serra High School's football team) get beat in every game that year. In his two years starting for the Varsity team from 1993-1994 Tom Brady completed 219 passes for 3,514 yards and 33 touchdowns. Brady reportedly visited the high school gym to work out three times a day. Some famous alma of Junípero Serra High School also include Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and former baseball player Barry Bonds.
In 1995 Tom Brady was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft as a catcher by the Montreal Expos. He choose to attend the University of Michigan instead of signing with the Expos.
Tom Brady attended the University of Michigan from 1995 through 1999. In the first three years (95-97) at Michigan, he only played a limited role of backup quarterback (he began in 1995 as the seventh quarterback on the Michigan depth chart). However, in 1998 (his senior season), Brady received the starting quarterback job for the Wolverines and played in and started all 13 games. His stats were a decent 214 completed passes on 350 attempts (school record) for 2636 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Wolverines under Brady finished with a 10 & 3 record and a berth in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl game vs Arkansas. Michigan won the game 45 to 31. Brady completed 14 of 27 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Brady stayed in college an extra year so he could get more starting experience before applying for the 2000 NFL draft. Once again he started every game (12) for the Michigan Wolverines and at the end of the season was named the Bo Schembechler Award winner as Michigan's Most Valuable Player. Tom Brady led the team to a 10 & 2 record and improved statistically also with 214 completions on 341 attempts for 2586 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Surprisingly enough, the last game of his college career was also his best game ever as a quarterback up to that point. In the FedEx Orange Bowl vs Alabama on January 1, 2000, Brady led the Wolverines back from a 14-point deposit to win the game by a score of 35 to 34 in overtime. In the dramatic game and overtime finish, Brady completed 34 of 46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns.
In his five years at Michigan, Brady played in a total of 31 games and started 25. His record as a starter was 20 & 5. He finished his career in the Michigan record books with 443 completions on 711 attempts for 5351 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions.
Draft and Rookie Year
In 2000, the New England Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round (199 overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Brady who had been expecting to be drafted in the third or fourth was tremendously disappointed with being drafted so late in the draft. However, as disappointed as Brady was at getting drafted in the sixth round - he may have been luckily to have been drafted at all. One scout wrote about Brady prior to the draft in a scouting report that Tom had "Poor build, very skinny and narrow, lacks mobility and the ability to avoid the rush, lacks a really strong arm." When Brady arrived at the Foxboro, Massachusetts in the summer of 2000, the Patriots at the time already had three quarterbacks on the roster so Brady didn't have a guarantee of even making the team, but he ended up played well in preseason and training camp and won the third quarterback roster spot. He only appeared in one game as a rookie and completed one pass.
In his second season with the Pats (2001), Brady moved up on the depth chart from third quarterback behind Damon Hurd to the second quarterback spot and became the direct backup to then starting QB Drew Bledsoe. In week two of the season in a game against the Jets, Bledsoe was hurt while scrambling to get out of bounds and gain some yardage. Brady entered the game and completed 5 passes for 46 yards but the Patriots lost the game 10 to 3. The next week, Brady started his first NFL as a quarterback vs the Indianapolis Colts. Brady ended up starting the rest of the regular thirteen season games and the Patriots finished the season with a with an 11 & 5 record an AFC East division title and most importantly a playoff berth. Brady compiled the regular season stats of 264 completions on 413 attempts for 2843 yards, 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and an 86.5 passer rating. He made the AFC Pro Bowl team and was also named to the All Terry Team.
- Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI), the most ever by a player, has won two regular season MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (14) than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady is fourth all-time in career passing yards, fourth in career touchdown passes, and third in career passer rating. His career postseason record is 25–9, winning more playoff games than any other quarterback, and he has appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. His 208 combined regular-season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Brady is considered to be the biggest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft.