is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.
He spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots, playing in nine Super Bowls and winning six of them, the most of any player in NFL history.
He has won a record four Super Bowl MVP awards as well as three NFL MVP awards (2007, 2010, 2017).
Due to his numerous records and accolades, several sports writers, commentators, and players consider Brady to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
- Full name: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
- Profession: American football player
- Born: 3 August 1977 (age 42 years), San Mateo, California, United States
- Height: 1.93 m
- Current team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#12 / Quarterback)
- Spouse: Gisele Bündchen (m. 2009)
- Children: John Edward Thomas Moynahan, Vivian Lake Brady, Benjamin Brady
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About Tom Brady
Brady was born on 3 August 1977 in San Mateo, California, United States. He is the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia (née Johnson) and Thomas Brady Sr.
He has three older sisters, Nancy, Julie, and Maureen, and was raised as a Catholic.
His father is of Irish descent, while his mother has German, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish ancestry.
Two of Brady’s great-great-grandparents on his father’s side, John and Bridget Brady, were Irish refugees from the Great Famine who moved to San Francisco from Boston before the American Civil War.
They were accompanied by Bridget’s sister Ann and her husband Lawrence Meegan, the parents of the 19th-century American Major League Baseball player “Steady” Pete Meegan. Brady’s great-uncle Michael Buckley Jr. was the first American prisoner of war in World War II.
In the 1980s, Brady regularly attended San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park, where he was a fan of quarterback Joe Montana; Brady has called Montana his idol and one of his inspirations.
At age four, Brady attended the 1981 NFC Championship, against the Dallas Cowboys, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark.
As a child, Brady attended football camp at the College of San Mateo, where he was taught to throw the football by camp counselor and future NFL/AFL quarterback Tony Graziani.
Despite the rivalry between both teams, Brady grew up as a Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics fan.
Brady attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995; the ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. He played against Bellarmine College Preparatory rival Pat Burrell in both football and baseball.
Brady began his football career as the backup quarterback on the Padres junior varsity team.
At first, Brady was not good enough to start on the 0–8 JV team, which had not scored a touchdown all year.
Brady ascended to the starting position when the starting quarterback was injured. He became the varsity starter in his junior year and held the position until he graduated.
By Brady’s senior year, he was striving to be noticed by college coaches. He created highlight tapes and sent them to schools he considered attending.
This led to strong interest from many football programs around the nation.
The process of recruiting was much different during Brady’s time, and athletes’ rankings were not as prominent. In terms of recruiting in the 2000s, Brady would have been considered a four-star recruit. In essence, he was a highly rated prospect.
Brady was also on Blue Chip Illustrated as well as a Prep Football Report All-American selection.
After his recruiting process, he narrowed down his list to five schools. “Probably the ones that we did hear from and ultimately pared the list to were Cal–Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Michigan, and Illinois”, his father said.
As a Cal fan, his father hoped that Brady would attend the nearby Cal, where Brady was a silent commit, and that he would be able to watch his son play.
Brady was also known as a great baseball player in high school. He was a left-handed-batting catcher with power.
His skills impressed MLB scouts, and he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos.
The Expos projected Brady as a potential All-Star, and offered him money typical of that offered to a late second-round or early third-round pick.
Nevertheless, Brady was determined to play football at the next level. He was always more passionate about football; when he found that there was significant interest in him, he decided to take the road of football.
Brady was recruited by Michigan assistant Bill Harris, and he signed to play for the University of Michigan in 1995.
He finished his high-school football career by completing 236 of 447 passes for 3,702 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also won All-State and All-Far West honors and the team’s Most Valuable Player Award.
During the summers of 1998 and 1999, Brady was an intern at Merrill Lynch. He was inducted into the Junípero Serra High School Hall of Fame in 2003, joining fellow Serra High graduates Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann, Gregg Jefferies, Jim Fregosi, and his older sister Maureen, among many others.
When Brady revisited two weeks after Super Bowl XLVI, in 2012, school administrators announced that they had named the football stadium Brady Family Stadium.
After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted 199th overall by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Due to his late selection, Brady is considered the biggest “steal” in the history of the NFL Draft.
He went on to become the team’s starting quarterback in his second season after an injury to Drew Bledsoe and played for the Patriots for 20 seasons, the NFL record for seasons as quarterback for one team.
Following the 2019 season, Brady left New England and signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers.
Brady is one of only two quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl in their first season as a starter.
He is also the only quarterback to reach 200 regular season wins, Brady has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback. He has led his team to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history.
With a postseason record of 30–11, he is first all-time in playoff wins and appearances for an NFL player, including an NFL-record eight consecutive AFC championship games between 2011 and 2018 (and 13 overall).
Brady has also been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, which ties the NFL record for most selections. For regular season and postseason combined, Brady is first all-time in career passing yards and touchdown passes.
He is one of only two players in NFL history to amass 70,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.
Brady is second all-time in career regular season passing yards, second in career touchdown passes, and tied for fifth in career passer rating.
He is first in postseason career completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, and is fifteenth in postseason career passer rating. He also tied the record for the longest touchdown pass at 99 yards to Wes Welker.
For his alleged involvement in the Deflategate football-tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
Brady and the Patriots won two of the next three Super Bowls, making him the record holder for most Super Bowl wins by a player, and the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, at 41.