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Tom Brady is a National Football League (NFL) quarterback for the New England Patriots. He was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California. He is 6 foot 4 and 225 pounds. He was suspended a record four games in 2015 by the NFL for his central role in one of the most extensive cheating schemes in the history of professional sports. Playing for the most successful NFL coach and strongest teams ever, Brady has been the quarterback in the Super Bowl a record six times, winning it four times, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015. Despite his suspension for cheating, Sports Illustrated has not rescinded the Sportsman of the Year award that it gave him in 2005.
Having a relatively weak throwing arm, Brady's success depends on near-perfect protection by the offensive line against the pass rush, which the talented New England Patriots team has provided.
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 reportly 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 Tom completed 34 of 46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns.
In his five years at Michigan, Tom 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 forth 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 devision 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 a 86.5 passer rating. He made the AFC Pro Bowl team and was also named to the All Terry Team.