Tom Brady


Connor Walsh, Co Sports Editor

     In the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected a little known quarterback out of the University of Michigan with the 199th overall pick.  Everyone expected him to be a sub par backup.  Nobody expected him to ever become a starter.  That same quarterback broke the NFL record for most career wins last Sunday with 201, moving career rival Payton Manning to the side.  

     After his first season, Tom Brady had only made one appearance in his career, and it was in relief.  He was given a chance to play out of desperation.  On Sep. 23, 2001, the Patriots were playing against the Jets.  In the third quarter of the game, Patriots starter Drew Bledsoe was drilled after running out of bounds.  Being unable to return to the game, they had to call on the second year quarterback Brady.  From there, Brady took off.  He played so well, that coach Bill Belichick named Brady the starter for the rest of the season.  He took a Patriots team that went 5-11 the year before, to an 11-5 record and a Super Bowl Championship.  

     His success did not stop there.  Brady has led the Patriots to the playoffs every single season he has been the starter, winning his division every single year.  He has also been successful in the playoffs, as he as led his team to a 22-9 record.  Brady also has an unprecedented four Super Bowl rings, to go along with three Super Bowl MVPs.  He has made eleven pro bowl teams in his career, to go along with two league MVPs.  

     While Brady holds countless records, he is looking to chase down many more.  He has told many close friends that he “plans on playing until he is fifty”.  This season he is looking for a fifth ring, and is hoping to get revenge on his four game suspension for “Deflategate”.  The Patriots currently have a 10-2 record, and is the number two seed in the AFC behind the Raiders.  Whether he gets that fifth ring or not, Brady has been one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time.