The Golden Boy – Tom Brady

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots throws a pass during the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos

Life can be unfair. Tom Brady is a multi-million dollar playboy married to a smoking-hot super model, so it’s only normal that he encounters criticism and hate on a daily basis. This hate is called envy, and it is so blinding that we often forget that we are witnessing one of the very best football players to ever play in the National Football League. I didn’t have the luxury to watch and appreciate Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls play the game of basketball, and I didn’t have the opportunity to watch Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers play the game of football. What I do have is the luxury to watch and appreciate the Golden Boy – Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

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Tom Brady of the Michigan Wolverines gets ready to pass the ball during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers

The California native started out as a three-sport athlete for the Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California.  Instead of playing professional baseball after being drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos, Brady decided to focus on playing football at the next level. After winning  All-State honors and the team’s Most Valuable Player, he chose to attend  the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his junior and senior year at Michigan, Brady led his team to multiple 4th-quarter comebacks earning him the nickname “Comeback Kid.” He would finish his collegiate career with a 20-5 record including two huge victories in the Citrus Bowl and the Orange Bowl.

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Tom Brady yells as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos

Brady was humbled very early in his professional career. He entered the 2000 NFL Draft, but exhibited below-average athleticism with a horrible performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Brady, arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL, had to wait an excruciating six rounds before being picked. After 198 players and six quarterbacks later, Brady was finally chosen by the New England Patriots. Fast-forward sixteen years, and the Golden Boy is now considered the biggest draft steal in  NFL history.

Tom Brady and Tom Brady Sr. venting about the 2000 NFL Draft

In 2001, the Tom Brady show began. After starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe left the game due to an injury in the home opener, the Golden Boy stepped in. The sixth-round draft pick led the Patriots to win eleven of the fourteen games he started. Brady and the 14-point underdogs would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams. Since then, Brady has appeared in six Super Bowls and has won Super Bowls  XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX.  He’s won 13 division titles and has an amazing 22-9 postseason record. A player like Brady only comes once a century. It doesn’t matter what team he plays on, what matters is that we have the opportunity to watch and enjoy a first-ballot Hall of Famer play the game of football. The two-time MVP and three-time Super Bowl MVP  will go down as one of the best — if not the best NFL player of all time. The Golden Boy has most certainly earned his spot as one of the greatest number 12s to ever play in the NFL.

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