After 23 Seasons, Tom Brady Says “Enough is Enough”

Tom Brady

Tom Brady, Through the Years.

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born to a family in San Mateo, California. He grew up infatuated with Joe Montana. As far as mentors go, that is a pretty good baseline.


Tom Brady was heavily-recruited as a baseball catcher. Along with other Michigan QBs of the era, he was more of a baseball player than quarterback. In fact, the QB in front of him at Michigan was Drew Hensen, who was drafted by the Yankees. Brady was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos.


From Back-Up to GOAT.

Brady was famously drafted 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He used this slight as fuel to propel himself to become the greatest quarterback in NFL history.


Originally drafted by the New England Patriots, Brady was an after-thought. His selection was meant to be more “insurance and speculative” than a sure thing. After all, the Patriots had former first-overall pick Drew Bledsoe as their QB1.


The Patriots had an eye for Brady’s skill-set, going as far as keeping him on as a third-stringer going into the 2000 season. Brady worked his way through camp, and became a favorite of then first-year coach Bill Belichick. 


We all know the rest of the story. In 2001, number 57 for the NY Jets, Mo Lewis, severely injured Drew Bledsoe. Life-threatening injuries. The fact that Bledsoe even returned from his injuries to not only attempt to play later that season, but continue his career for many years after is a testament to Bledsoe’s toughness.


It also blessed a long-suffering franchise with its meal-ticket for the next two-decades.


Brady’s numbers with the Patriots are simply amazing.


Tom Brady has a passer rating of 97.0 with 74,571 yards, 541 touchdowns and 179 interceptions in 285 games for the Patriots in his career.


That’s just the regular season numbers.


Beyond the stats, the two signature victories in his career came in the Super Bowl. His drive to bring the Patriots back against the Seahawks was his first massive “F-U” moment. Even if it is overshadowed, rightfully so, by Malcolm Butler’s interception of Russel Wilson.


Brady will, however, always be remembered for Super Bowl 51. His master-class of calm, after sucking for most of the game, resulted in a comeback from a 28-3 deficit. It was the exclamation point on a career that was always compared to Peyton Manning. Brady proved with his record-breaking 5th Super Bowl victory that he was the greatest of all time.


He added two more after that as we all know.


Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, David Ortiz. These are some of the greatest and most impactful names in the great and historic lure of Boston sports. Tom Brady dwarfs them in comparison.


Brady is the best quarterback of all time, and it’s not even close.


Don’t think so?


Scoreboard. Look up at it.


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