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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Patriots continue showing interest in quarterback prospectsNBCSports.com, April 19th
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PHOTO: Tom Brady's draft card from 2000 NFL DraftCBSSports.com, April 16th
Patriots coach Bill Belichick turned 62 on Wednesday. Belichick will probably get several new hoodies for his birthday, but even if he does, there's no way his 62nd birthday will top his 48th birthday. Belichick's 48th birthday fell on April 16, 2000...Read more
Patriots QB Tom Brady on guest list for Kentucky Derby eve galaCBSSports.com, April 14th
Tom Brady, who isn't afraid to dress up for an occasion (see above), will be at the Kentucky Derby next month. (Save your breath: WE KNOW, this is barely football-related. But it's also the middle of April and there's not a whole helluva lot of NFL...Read more
Tom Brady going to the Derby, Devin McCourty goes back to...WEEI.com, April 14th
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Gresh & Zo: Is It Time To Look For Tom Brady's Successor?CBS Local, April 2nd
Eventually, the Patriots will need to address the end of the Tom Brady era and transition into another. Whether they do that via the draft or free agency is something up for debate, but we may be getting a glimpse of the route the Patriots will take as...Read more
Which B-list celebrity claims she kissed Patriots' Tom Brady?The Star-Ledger, March 28th
Before there was supermodel Gisele Bundchen, there was (allegedly) Tara Reid. The former "American Pie" actress (who was recently spotted at Citi Field filming "Sharknado 2") told an Australian radio show that she kissed Patriots QB Tom Brady...Read more
2014 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots Find Tom Brady Help At Wide ReceiverNESN.com, March 27th
The New England Patriots are paying close attention to the top wide receivers in the 2014 NFL draft despite using two picks on wideouts in 2013. This year's class of receivers is supposed to be the best and deepest in recent memory, so taking Aaron...Read more
Tom Brady witnesses deadly fireESPN (blog), March 27th
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady saluted firefighters who battled a Back Bay blaze at a brownstone a few doors down from his home on Wednesday night and mourned the deaths of the two who were killed in the line of duty. Brady, who said he ...Read more