|Full Name:||Thomas Edward Brady|
|Nickname:||TB12, Tom Terrific, GOAT|
|Place of Birth:||San Mateo, California|
|Parents:||Tom Sr. and Galynn Brady|
Thomas Edward Brady is an American football quarterback who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.
Brady has authored some of the greatest seasons in NFL history and has won several Super Bowl championships.
Playing well into his 40s, Brady appears to be the one player in the NFL that Father Time has been unable to get the better of.
Tom Brady played his high school football at Junipero High School in San Mateo, California.
After only being made the starter of the JV football team after an injury to the starting quarterback, Brady held the starting spot on the varsity team in his junior year. He came out of high school as a respected prospect, even cutting highlight reels that were sent to schools he wanted to play for.
Back in the 1990s, this was an admirable undertaking, as it was much more difficult to cut up and distribute game film than it is today.
As a college quarterback, Tom Brady spent his time at the University of Michigan.
He spent his first year and second year as a backup quarterback, with his junior year marking the first season where he was the team’s starting quarterback.
Brady sat behind Brian Griese, with Michigan winning the Rose Bowl and a national title in Brady’s final year on the bench.
As a junior, Brady beat out Drew Henson for the Wolverines’ starting quarterback job. Brady did not disappoint, as his first season at the helm saw Michigan earn a share of the Big Ten championship. The team closed that season out with a win over Arkansas of the SEC in the Citrus Bowl.
In his senior season, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr split playing time between Brady and Henson early on. But Brady earned the starting job for the second half of the year with his superior play.
The decision to start Brady paid off for Michigan, as they won their rivalry game against Ohio State before defeating Alabama in an overtime classic in the Orange Bowl to close out his collegiate career.
Despite all of his success in college, Brady wasn’t a highly-touted prospect. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall pick.
His first game as an NFL quarterback was the result of previous Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe getting injured. This sparked one of the great stories in NFL history when Brady led the New England offense to a series of playoff games that culminated in winning Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams for Brady’s first Super Bowl win.
Just two seasons later, the Patriots were back in the playoffs and won enough postseason games to win Super Bowl XXXVIII over the Carolina Panthers. The very next year, Brady led them to a win in Super Bowl XXXIX over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Since then, Brady helped the Patriots win three more championships under head coach Bill Belichick. The team won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks, came back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI and held the Los Angeles Rams to three points in a Super Bowl LIII victory.
During his time with the Patriots, Brady won four Super Bowl MVP awards, and his success has led to many claiming that he is the greatest quarterback in the history of professional football.
Along with all of the team success he has achieved, Brady has had plenty of individual success. He had arguably the best NFL season in the history of quarterbacking in 2007, when he completed 68.9% of his pass attempts for 4,806 yards and 50 touchdown passes. He had a passer rating of 117.2 that season and, though the Patriots lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, their NFL record 18-0 start was the best ever.
Brady has won the title of the NFL Most Valuable Player four times in his career. In his first 290 regular-season games of his career, he has lost just 65 times. He has been dominant with pass-catchers such as Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski, he has also been able to get the job done with less heralded players like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman. Brady is regarded as a player who has been able to adapt to the roster around him better than any at his position in history.
While Brady is known mostly for his time with the New England Patriots, 2019 was his last season with the team. He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting in 2020, and was the oldest active player in the NFL when he joined them. Before 2020, he was only the NFL’s third-oldest player, before the retirements of Matt Bryant and Adam Vinatieri pushed him over the top.
After he retires, Brady will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Tom Brady signed a two-year, $60 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. Before that contract, he had regularly signed team-friendly deals with the Patriots that allowed them to keep his salary cap number low so that they could build a great team around him. That team-friendly attitude has not hurt his net worth, though, as Brady is worth $200 million.
Outside of his football income, Brady has his own nutrition line called TB12 Nutrition. This nutrition brand focuses on a diet of whole, organic food and rejects the use of processed foods. Brady is known for his unique dietary habits, with his affinity for avocado ice cream being one of the highlights of the revelations from the TB12 diet regimen.
He also has endorsement deals with Under Armour, Tag Heuer, Aston Martin and many other brands. Brady’s status as one of the greatest to ever play his sport and his age tend to lend him to more upscale brand endorsements, which certainly has helped him to pad his net worth over the years.
Tom Brady is the son of Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Brady. Brady has three sisters, Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady. He is married to Gisele Bundchen, who is a model and businesswoman. He has three children, including one from his previous marriage to actress Kathryn Bridget Moynahan. In all, Brady has two sons and a daughter.
14-time Pro Bowl selection
2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009–2018