Though still an active player, you have to expect that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one day going to make it to Canton, Ohio for an induction ceremony into that city’s Hall of Fame.
After warming the bench for most of the 2000 season (he threw three passes for a total of six yards), Brady got his chance in 2001 when starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured in an early-season game against the New York Jets. By the end of that season, Brady had led his team to a Super Bowl victory, which earned him the first of two Super Bowl MVPs.
In 2007, Brady and the Patriots concluded a 16-0 season, a winning streak that was only snapped in a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Brady was injured for all but the first few minutes of the 2008 season, but in 2009 he has made his Patriots a contender once again.
Like Joe Namath, Brady’s exploits off the field have often commanded as much attention as his play. For example, his recent marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen kept the tabloids busy for months.
But fans will hang onto his 2000 Upper Deck and Leaf rookie football cards and collect his signed Playoff Contenders card from the same year because of his Sportsman of the Year awards in 2004 and 2007 and his Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2007—the last football player to win that honor was Brady’s idol, Joe Montana.
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Brady to Patriots: Thanks for taking a chance on meComcast SportsNet New England, April 17th
The Patriots took a chance on Tom Brady in the sixth round back in 2000, and on Friday he sent them a thank you via Facebook. Looking back, the four Super Bowl titles and six Super Bowl appearances Brady has helped the franchise achieve could be ...Read more
You'll never believe how this portrait of Tom Brady was madePatriots.com, April 17th
Lifestyle is your destination for Patriots living. Want to share something about your Patriots lifestyle? Follow Lifestyle Editor Briana Palma on Twitter (@brianapalma) or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org...Read more
New England QB Tom Brady posts infamous pic to celebrate 15th Patriots ...FOXSports.com, April 17th
New England drafted the quarterback out of Michigan in the sixth round on April 16, 2000. Brady looked much different in his college days, as everyone on the Internet knows thanks to that famous shirtless photo of him at the scouting combine. In fact...Read more
New England Patriots' Tom Brady gets sappy in love note to supermodel wife ...NJ.com, April 17th
Add this to the long list of things Tom Brady is good at: Writing touching love letters to his wife. The four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback from the New England Patriots saluted his significant other, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, on...Read more
Rex Ryan with advice for Tom Brady?Patriots.com, April 16th
Rex Ryan would, like all football coaches, clearly love to have a chance to coach Tom Brady. But that's not an opportunity that Ryan, now in his first year leading the Bills, is ever likely to get in a football setting. So, the entertaining-if-Patriots...Read more
Brady gives up on MLB pitching careerPatriots.com, April 15th
The quarterback showed his sense of humor on Wednesday, as he took to Facebook to share a photo of him playing catcher. It's a nod to his childhood success in baseball, as Tom was selected in the 1995 MLB Draft as a catcher. Music to the ears of...Read more
What Was the Deal With Tom Brady's '5' Shirt?Boston.com, April 14th
The biggest story surrounding Tom Brady's throwing out the first pitch yesterday at Fenway Park — even more so than his terrible throw and questionable decision to drape a sweatshirt around his waist — was his shirt, emblazoned with a large number 5...Read more
WATCH: Patriots' Tom Brady short-hops 1st pitch at Boston Red Sox game ...NJ.com, April 13th
Here's something rare (and very, very useful for Jets fans if they're looking for fodder): New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady failed at something. He threw out the first pitch at Monday's Boston Red Sox home opener against the Washington...Read more