Thomas Edward Patrick Brady (born 8/3/77) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the NFL. After playing college football at Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady's 10 seasons as a starter, the Patriots have earned trips to the Super Bowl in half of them, winning 3.
Let's start with Tom Terrific's numbers -- a two-time NFL MVP with nearly 40,000 yards passin, 300 TDs and a career passer rating of 96.4 in his 12 seasons. He has started 159 games in the regular season and won 124 of them, which is the fifth-most of all-time. As impressive as that may be for the regular season, Brady has nearly the same winning percentage (76%) in the postseason. For his career, Brady is 1605 in the playoffs, which ties Joe Montana for the most postseason wins by a starting quarterback.
Tom Brady has won championships and made tens of millions as a pro -- if any family knows the potential glory and security playing football can provide, it is his. Brady's rise from unheralded backup to Super Bowl MVP is already a football legend, serving as an inspiration to any young player eager to be given a chance to put on a helmet.
Brady has no need to play the field, with wife Gisele Bündchen – the world's highest-paid supermodel – by his side. Together since 2006, they have a son, Benjamin, 2. Brady also has a 4-year-old son, John, with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
This week, when New England starts full-roster organized training activities (OTAs), Brady will step into the huddle with the entire offense for the first time since he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 2008 season opener. But he did admit to feeling "pretty empty" as he was being helped to the sideline. "You go down, they take you off the field, the ref blows the whistle, the 25-second clock starts, and they play the game without you," Brady said. "You're like, Wow. That's really what it's like. They play without you."
The bottom line with Brady is this – he’s a winner, a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer and deserves to be in the “Greatest of All-time” conversation, even if his Patriots fall to the Giants on Sunday. Not bad for someone taken in the 6th round, no. 199 overall, of the 2000 NFL Draft. Consider that Brady will be 35 when the 2012 NFL season starts this fall. Outside of missing basically the entire 2008 season after going down with a knee injury in Week 1, Brady has been durable. Since taking over for Drew Bledsoe as the Patriots’ starting quarterback in Week 3 of the 2001 season, Brady has started all 159 regular-season and 21 postseason games he has played in.
Ah, numbers. The Patriots have them. They are 7-0 against 2003 playoff teams, including two victories each against the Titans and Colts. They led the league in fewest points allowed and were fourth in red zone defense. With Brady as the starter, the Patriots are 36-12 overall, 27-4 in games after November 1 and 14-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer. He threw just one interception in 10 home games this season and has 20 touchdown passes and six picks in the 14-game winning streak, which began after a ho-hum 2-2 start and in the midst of major injury problems.
For the second time in the last five Super Bowls, Brady had come up oh-so-short, beaten late once again by the New York Giants and another quarterback starting to make a pretty good name for himself, too. Brady wasn't going to come out and say it, but he was blaming himself. Had to, because he had the ball in his hand to win the game with 57 seconds left and couldn't deliver the long touchdown drive that Patriots fans and even his teammates thought would be forthcoming.
They trailed 10-9 at halftime and by eight early in the third quarter but shut down the Patriots after that. Brady, who at one point completed a Super Bowl--record 16 straight passes, was just 7 of 17 for 75 yards on New England's final three drives, which featured two sacks by Tuck, an interception by backpedaling linebacker Chris Blackburn on a long bomb and a slightly misthrown pass that slipped through the grasp of the normally reliable Wes Welker.
He found wideout Deion Branch for 19 yards on fourth-and-16 from his own 14, and five plays later he had the Patriots on their own 49, ready for one last, desperate heave. On the game's final play Brady threw a Hail Mary that Tuck said was in the air long enough for him to finish a novel.
By taking a look at Brady's stats from 2011, you might have thought he was a shoo-in for the NFL's top spot for the second consecutive season. Brady posted a career high in passing yards with 5,235, had an 8.57 yards per attempt average and completed a whopping 401 passes. He also finished with a 105.6 quarterback rating while completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 39 touchdowns compared to just 12 interceptions.
"It's the look of a guy who knows he is prepared. They spread out the defense and rely on him to make the right reads and quick throws. He gets the ball out of his hands quickly, so he is hard to sack. And his receivers run these quick, precise patterns that get them open just enough for him to get them the ball. It just frustrates the heck out of defenses, and then they try to jump a ball and that's when the Patriots burn people for big plays. It's a great formula."
"The reason for all of this [attention] is the way we've been playing," he says. "I didn't win this [Sportsman] award being Tom Brady the person. I won it because of the way we play football. There have been some great individual rewards, but there's no greater reward than winning the Super Bowl. I'm very proud of that. I look at how far we've come in five years, and it's not because I'm this great player. But I've taken advantage of the opportunities I've had. I've had so much good fortune along the way." Brady's stardom is unique in Boston, which has never seen an athletic celebrity like this