Regarding the NFL, few players have had as much impact as Tom Brady. The legendary quarterback has won seven Super Bowl titles, five Super Bowl MVP awards, and numerous records. But what makes Tom Brady such a dominant force on the field? And how has he managed to stay at the top of his game for so long?
Early Life and Career
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was Born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California, he was a student at Junipero Serra High School, where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. Despite his talents in all three sports, Brady was not heavily recruited by colleges for football. He eventually attended the University of Michigan, where he played for the Wolverines from 1995 to 1999.
Brady was not an immediate star at Michigan. He spent his first two years as a backup quarterback but eventually became the starter in his junior year. He led the Wolverines to a 10-2 record and a victory in the Orange Bowl. In his senior year, Brady led Michigan to another 10-2 record and a win in the Citrus Bowl.
Despite his success in college, Brady was not considered a top NFL prospect. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, with the 199th overall pick. Many people thought he was too small and slow to succeed in the NFL.
Early Years with the Patriots
Brady spent his first season with the Patriots as a backup quarterback to Drew Bledsoe. He played in just one game and attempted only three passes. However, his fortunes changed in the second game of the 2001 season. Bledsoe was injured, and Brady was called upon to lead the Patriots. He performed well, and the Patriots won the game. Bledsoe’s injury was more severe than initially thought, and Brady was named the starter for the rest of the season.
Brady led the Patriots to an 11-3 record in the regular season and a spot in the playoffs. He led the Patriots to victories over the Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the St. Louis Rams in the playoffs. In the Super Bowl, Brady led the Patriots to a stunning upset of the heavily favored Rams. He was named the Super Bowl MVP.
Brady’s success continued in the following years. He led the Patriots to two more Super Bowl victories in 2003 and 2004 and was named the Super Bowl MVP in both games. In 2007, Brady led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 record in the regular season, but the team lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Brady suffered a severe knee injury in the first game of the 2008 season and missed the rest of the year.
Return to Dominance
Brady returned to the field in 2009 and has been dominant ever since. He led the Patriots to another Super Bowl appearance in 2011, but the team lost to the Giants again. In 2014, Brady won his fourth Super Bowl and was again named the Super Bowl MVP.
In 2015, Brady was suspended for four games for his alleged involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal. The controversy centered around allegations that Brady had instructed team employees to deflate footballs below the league-mandated level in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. Despite the suspension, Brady led the Patriots to another Super Bowl victory in 2016, and he was named the Super Bowl MVP for a record-breaking fourth time.