Brady graduated from Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. He attended the University of Michigan and led Michigan to an Orange Bowl victory in the 1999 season. In the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady was selected by the New England Patriots in the 6th round (199th overall).
Widely regarded as one of the best playoff quarterbacks of his era, Brady has won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), two Super Bowl MVP awards (XXXVI and XXXVIII), and has been invited to four Pro Bowls, all with the Patriots. Additionally, Brady was Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 2005, and was named to the AP All-Pro Team in 2005. He is currently the 6th rated passer of all time with over 20,000 yards (88.4). He also helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons.
Born near San Francisco in San Mateo, California, Brady would be regularly taken to see the 49ers play in the 1980s, where he became a fan of quarterback Joe Montana. Since that time, Brady has mentioned Montana as one of his inspirations and an idol. During this time, he was present for Montana's pass to Dwight Clark, which is now simply known as "The Catch" .
After playing catcher in high school, Brady was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos.
Brady played college football for and graduated from the University of Michigan.He sat on the bench his first two years as teammate and future NFL quarterback Brian Griese led the Wolverines to a [[NCAA Division I-A national football championship|national championship in 1997. When he enrolled at Michigan, Brady was seventh on the depth chart and had an intense struggle to get some playing time. At one point, Brady hired a sports psychologist to help him cope with frustration and anxiety and even considered transferring, frustrated by what seemed like a lack of opportunity. Brady battled for the first string quarterback position with Drew Henson and ultimately started every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons under Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr. During his first full year as starter, he set Michigan records for most pass attempts (350) and completions in a season (214). Brady was All-Big Ten both seasons and team captain his senior year. The Wolverines won 20 of 25 games when he started and shared the Big Ten Conference title in 1998. Brady capped that season off with a win over Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl. In the 1999 season, Brady led Michigan to an overtime win in the Orange Bowl over Alabama, throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns.
Brady was selected with pick #199, a compensatory pick, of the 2000 NFL Draft. According to Michael Holley's book Patriot Reign, the Patriots were considering Brady and Tim Rattay, both of whom had received positive reviews from then quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein. The Patriots front office ultimately chose Brady—a pick that, according to a 2007 NFL Network special, was the greatest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft. Brady served as the backup quarterback to Drew Bledsoe, going 1-for-3 during the season for 6 passing yards. His role changed on September 23, 2001, when the Patriots were playing against their AFC East division rivals, the New York Jets at Foxboro Stadium. During that game, Bledsoe suffered internal bleeding after colliding with Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. New England lost both the game and Bledsoe. Soon after Brady was named the starting quarterback. In his first two games, Brady's quarterback ratings were unspectacular, at 79.6 and 58.7 respectively, in a 44-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts (in the Colts' last season in the AFC East) and a 30-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. However, during a mid-season match-up at Indianapolis, Brady passed for a career-high regular season rating of 148.3 in a 38-17 win. Brady helped bring the Patriots to an 11-5 record and into the playoffs. He also passed for his fourth highest single season rating (86.5).
During a 2001-2002 divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders (played in January 2002), Tom Brady had been ruled as having fumbled on a pass attempt, with Oakland protecting a three-point lead. Citing the controversial "tuck rule," where a ball is ruled an incomplete pass after the quarterback starts any forward throwing motion, referee Walt Coleman overturned the decision after reviewing the instant replay, calling the drop an incomplete pass rather than a fumble. Fellow Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson, was the player who made the hit on Brady. Brady, who threw for 312 yards in his first NFL playoff game, led the Patriots back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and engineered the winning drive in overtime to beat the Raiders. Brady was injured in the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was relieved by Bledsoe. The Patriots won the game and were immediately instituted by Las Vegas oddsmakers as 14-point underdogs against the NFC champion St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. There was considerable national debate as to who should start in the Super Bowl for the Patriots: on the one hand, Brady had started every game in which the Patriots won during the year; on the other hand, Bledsoe was the year's starting quarterback and only lost his job via injury; moreover, Bledsoe was effective in relieving Brady in the AFC Championship game. Coach Bill Belichick was coy in his decision-making but eventually chose Brady to start the Super Bowl.
With less than two minutes left in the Super Bowl, and the score tied, sportscaster John Madden said that he thought the Patriots should let the time run out on the clock and look to win the game in overtime. Instead, Brady drove the Patriots offense down the field. The Patriots won the game on an Adam Vinatieri field goal as time expired. Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI while throwing for 145 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tom Brady and the Patriots finished the year at 9-7, tied with the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins for the best record in the division. However, the Jets won the division on the third tiebreaker, and the Patriots missed the playoffs.
Although posting a career-low single-season rating of 85.7, Brady threw for a league-leading 28 touchdown passes, though his 14 interceptions ties his worst total. Moreover, at Buffalo, Brady threw for a quarterback rating of 147.6, the second highest of his career. Furthermore, Brady played much of the second half of the season with a shoulder injury, and New England head coach Bill Belichick has since indicated that if the Patriots had made the playoffs, Brady would not have been able to play in the first game due to that injury. Brady continues to suffer from shoulder complications, but it has not led to a missed start.
In the 2003-2004 NFL season, after a 2-2 start, Brady led the Patriots to 12 consecutive victories to finish the season and win the AFC East. Statistically, Brady's strongest game of the season was against Buffalo, when he achieved a season-high quarterback rating of 122.9.
In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. On February 1, 2004, Brady led the Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII and was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time. During the game, Brady threw for 354 yards with 3 touchdowns and set the record for most completions by a QB in the Super Bowl (32). With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 29, Brady engineered a drive to put the Patriots in position for the game-winning field goal.
During the 2004-2005 season, Brady helped the Patriots set an NFL record with 21 straight wins dating from the previous year. New England's 14-2 record matched that of the 2003-04 season and equaled the best record ever for a defending champion. The Patriots also won the AFC East divisional title for the third time in four years. In the AFC playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to victories over the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady played his best game of the year in Pittsburgh despite requiring IV treatment the previous night when he had a temperature of 103 degrees. Against the NFL's best defensive team, Brady recorded a quarterback passer rating of 130.5, his highest of the season. 2004 also served as Brady's best year statistically; his rating, at 92.6, was a career high. On February 6, 2005, the Brady-led Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady threw for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns while capturing the Patriots' third NFL championship in four years.
During the 2005-2006 season, the Patriots were forced to rely more on Tom Brady's passing due to injuries suffered by running backs Corey Dillon, Patrick Pass, and Kevin Faulk. Brady also had to adjust to a new center and a new running back: Heath Evans. The results were positive; Brady finished first in the league with 4,110 passing yards and third in the league with 26 touchdowns. At 92.3, his 2005-2006 passer rating was the second highest of his career, although he tied his worst interception total (14). He also rushed for 89 yards and fumbled a career-low 4 times. Brady and the injured Patriots finished with a 10-6 record and obtained their third straight AFC East title. Some of the highlights of the season included another game with the Steelers, in which Brady helped lead the team on the game winning drive. When the Patriots visited the Atlanta Falcons, Brady achieved a regular season-high rating of 140.3. It was the fourth highest regular season single-game quarterback rating of Brady's career.
In the playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to a 28-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round. However, on January 14, 2006, the Patriots lost 27-13 against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field. Brady threw for 346 yards in the game and a touchdown with two interceptions. It was the first playoff loss of Brady's career. After the season's end, it was revealed that Brady had been playing with a sports hernia since December. Linebacker Willie McGinest commented on it and said he knew, but Brady continued on playing. This is the main reason Brady did not go to the Pro Bowl when he was invited.
Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs despite having an almost completely new receiving corps (aside from Troy Brown, no other Patriots receiver had started the year before). Despite this, Brady threw for 3,529 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ultimately received an invitation to the Pro Bowl (which he declined so he could play in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament).
Despite Brady's reputation for not being a fast runner, he had his longest run of his career, a 22-yard run against the Bengals. His most notable run, though, was an 11-yard run on third-and-9 against the Chicago Bears, where he maneuvered past Brian Urlacher to make the first down. On another run, though, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was forced out of the game (though only for one play) for the first time in over four years when he was hit in the back by linebacker Clint Ingram, a move that some critics decried as illegal spearing, although the NFL ultimately ruled it a legal hit.
Brady has the Patriots off to a 4-0 start, and many talking about a 16-0 season as the Pats have dominated each opponent by 20+ points. Brady is off to career year, he has been on target 79.2% of the time this year 95-120, and has amassed 1,118 yards, 13TDS, a passer rating of 134.7! He is on pace to easily surpass his career highs in TDS (28, passer rating (92.6, yards (4,110). The one award that Brady hasn't won is the MVP, he is certainly making a case for that right now, his new receiving core of Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker are making his life easy right now
Strengths: One of the smartest players in NFL history, regardless of position. Makes quick reads, shows outstanding vision, recognition, and anticipation, and is very sound mechanically. One of the most accurate passers in the game today. Is very good at selling play fakes. As a two-time Super Bowl MVP, pressure simply does not faze him.
Weaknesses: Lacks a cannon arm, but arm strength is still not really a weakness. Not a good scrambler, and loses accuracy when forced to throw on the run. Has a Brett Favre-like tendency to try and do too much when trailing, but usually makes correct decisions.
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(Normalized to 2005 environment)
Season Team Pos G Plays TAY NetPts Pts/Pl PAR PAR/G WARP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2000 nwe qb 1 1.5 3.0 0.25 0.167 -0.10 -0.10 0.00 2001 nwe qb 15 240.8 1107.5 92.29 0.383 36.19 2.41 0.90 2002 nwe qb 16 329.1 1536.5 128.04 0.389 51.36 3.21 1.28 2003 nwe qb 16 304.7 1592.5 132.71 0.436 61.71 3.86 1.54 2004 nwe qb 16 281.5 1380.0 115.00 0.409 49.41 3.09 1.24 2005 nwe qb 16 292.0 1724.0 143.67 0.492 75.63 4.73 1.89 2006 nwe qb 16 308.5 1494.0 124.50 0.404 52.62 3.29 1.32 2007 (Projected) 16 298.5 1550.5 129.21 0.434 59.67 3.73 1.49 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
- Won the Super Bowl MVP in 2001 and 2003
- 2007 NFL MVP
- 2007 AP Offensive Player of the Year