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The Life And Times Of Tom Brady
27 March 2020
It’s no longer a claim worth arguing about – Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. His achievements and statistics are miles ahead of every gridiron legend, including Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. His arrival in 2002 ushered in a golden era for the New England Patriots which has seen them winning six Super Bowls – an NFL record. So, if you’re a fan of Brady or the Patriots, then Spin Sports is the best place to learn about all relevant sports betting odds and breaking news – while playing your favourite mobile casino games on our online casino!
How It All Started
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California. He was the youngest of four children – and only son – of insurance agent Thomas Brady Sr. and Galynn Patricia Johnson. He grew up in an upper-middle-class Irish Catholic home, and had a relatively unremarkable childhood.
He was an altar boy at the local church, and attended the St. Gregory’s grade school from kindergarten to eighth grade. He was enrolled at Junipero Serra High School in 1992. It was at this all-boys Catholic school that Brady began demonstrating his ability as a natural athlete. He played in many sports and represented the school in American football, basketball and baseball.
Initially, he seemed destined for a career in baseball. He was scouted by MLB scouts at the age of 17 and was even drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995. However, Brady turned them down and decided to pursue a career in American football instead.
The decision was surprising, to say the least, because Brady didn’t possess a stellar high school football record. In fact, he spent the majority of his time as a backup quarterback on the junior varsity team.
His decision perhaps had something to do with the fond memories he had as a child when his whole family attended every San Francisco 49ers home game. He was, and continues to be, a huge fan of 49ers’ quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young.
Nevertheless, Brady was granted a starting spot on the JV team in 1995 after the first-choice quarterback was injured. He proved to be a revelation, completing 52.8% of his passes and scoring 31 touchdowns.
The College Years
He was subsequently recruited by the University of Michigan after high school. In college, he spent the first two years playing backup to future NFL stars Brian Griese and Scott Driesbach. However, he persevered and eventually became the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines during his junior and senior years.
During these two years, Brady became team captain, emerged victorious in twenty of the twenty-five games he started, and led the Wolverines to the Citrus Bowl and Orange Bowl trophies. He also set several college records, including most attempts (350) and most completions (214).
He had high hopes for the 2000 NFL draft. However, all the top teams passed him. He was eventually picked as the 199th draft in the sixth round by the then-struggling New England Patriots. Two decades on, Brady is considered to be the biggest NFL draft "steal" in history. Not entirely surprising, though. As any mobile casino player will tell you, games with low RTPs can sometimes turn out to be the most lucrative!
Tom Brady’s NFL Career Highlights
Brady started his career with the Patriots as the fourth-choice quarterback. Undeterred, he worked hard at the gym to build his bulk, and he reportedly put on sixteen pounds of muscle in a year. He also memorised the team’s playbook. However, he only managed to play in one game for the Patriots, who finished last in the American Football Conference (AFC).
He improved massively in his second year, and was promoted to second-choice quarterback behind Drew Bledsoe. However, Bledsoe suffered an unfortunate injury in the second game of the season and the inexperienced Brady took over as the starting quarterback. With him playing, the Patriots experienced a massive, massive turnaround in form. Aided by the canny strategy of head coach Bill Belichick, the team emerged as AFC champions.
On February 3, 2002, the 23-year-old Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl after a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Brady, who was named as the MVP, also joined Kurt Warner (1999) as the only quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first season as a starter.
The victory marked the start of the Patriots’ golden era. Under the partnership of Belichick and Brady, the Patriots made nine Super Bowl appearances between 2002 and 2018, and won six of them (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016 and 2018).
Brady’s other notable achievements include:
• Named as Super Bowl MVP on four occasions (2001, 2003, 2014 and 2017)
• Named as NFL Most Valuable Player/regular season three times (2007, 2010, 2017)
• Named as NFL First-team All-Pro three times (2007, 2010, 2017)
• Named as NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice (2007, 2010)
• Named as NFL passing touchdowns leader four times (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015)
• Named as NFL passing yards leader three times (2005, 2007, 2017)
The Free Agency Of Tom Brady
At an age where most players have retired, Brady is showing no signs of slowing down at 42. His contract with the Patriots is expiring, and Brady reportedly has no intention of extending the contract. This might possibly be due to his comparatively low $15 million annual salary, which is nowhere near what the top ten quarterbacks are earning (the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, for instance, is on $35 million a year). The Patriots are also apparently unwilling to match Brady’s $30 million a season demand.
You probably shouldn’t shed a tear for Brady just yet – he’s worth about $180 million. His supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, meanwhile, is worth $488 million.
Nevertheless, analysts speculate that Brady could secure a two-year contract worth as much as £33.8 million annually. There will definitely be a massive clamour for his service once his free agency status finalises on March 16. Brady’s decision is not just sending football fans into a frenzy.