Tom Brady is one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time. He has played in ten Super Bowls, winning seven of them. He is also the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVPs.
But there are some things about Tom Brady that even die-hard fans might not know. Here are some fun facts about the longtime New England Patriot:
Tom Brady Introduction
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977), nicknamed Tommy, is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, playing in nine Super Bowls with the team, winning six of them.
Tom Brady Early life and family
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born to Galynn Patricia and Thomas Brady Sr. on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California. Nancy, Julie, and Maureen are the names of his three older sisters.
His mother is of Norwegian descent and his father has Irish ancestry. His great-grandparents on both sides emigrated from Europe. Brady has referred to himself as “a blue-collar kid from the Bay Area,” and grew up in a Catholic family. He attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995 bAnd played football, baseball, and basketball.
Brady dreamed of playing college football there until he was discouraged by then-Serra head coach Tom Slater, who had previously discouraged Drew Brees from attending Serra because he did not think that a quarterback under 6 feet tall could succeed at that level of football.
High school and college career
Tom Brady attended Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He became the starting quarterback for the school’s varsity football team during his junior year and helped lead the team to the Central Coast Section Division I title that year.
During his senior year, he was named the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Player of the Year” and the Los Angeles Times “Back of the Year”. While Brady was not recruited by any major college football programs, he did receive offers from many small schools. After being rejected by every school he applied to, he began attending the University of Michigan in 1996 on a football scholarship.
Brady became a starter his sophomore year after incumbent starter Brian Griese was injured during the season opener. He led Michigan to an undefeated 13–0 season that included a victory in the Rose Bowl over Ryan Leaf and Washington State. Brady was named a first-team All-American and won both the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award as college football’s player of the year.
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Tom Brady’s NFL career
The New England Patriots selected Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.. He has played his entire professional career with the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls, four Super Bowl MVP awards, and three NFL MVP awards. Brady is also a two-time NFL passing yards leader and a five-time NFL passing touchdowns leader.
Tom Brady Personal life
Brady was born in San Mateo, California, the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia (née Johnson) and Thomas Edward Brady, Sr. He has three older sisters, Nancy, Julie, and Maureen. His father is of Irish descent, while his mother has Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, and Polish ancestry.
His great uncle, John V. Brady Jr., played minor league baseball under the name Jack Brady. Brady’s great grandparents on his father’s side were Michael Francis Xavier Brady (1827–1917), who was born in County Tipperary, Ireland; and Bridget Elizabeth Murtagh (1831–1893), who was born in County Mayo, Ireland.
His great grandparents on his mother’s side were Zaheer Allaudin Najeeb Khan “Jerry” Negreira (1889–1971) of Goa India and Catherine Catherine Teresa Bethke (1890–1984) from Wisconsin; both sides of his family have roots in New England going back to the 1600s. When asked about his nationality by Sports Illustrated during Super Bowl XLIX Media Day for Super Bowl XLIX he said: “I have roots all over the place.”
Tom Brady Endorsements
In addition to his contract with the Patriots, Brady has numerous endorsement deals. He is a spokesman for Under Armour, Ugg, and Movado. He also has dealt with Dunkin’ Donuts, Shields MRI, and Simmons Beautyrest Black. In 2010, he launched the TB12 sports performance lifestyle brand with partner Alex Guerrero. The brand sells nutritional supplements and fitness equipment.
WhileTom Brady has only been in the NFL since 2000, he has already managed to cement his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. With six Super Bowl wins, four Super Bowl MVPs, and three league MVPs under his belt, Brady has proved time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with on the field.
In addition to his successes in the NFL, Brady is also well-known for his model good looks and his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The pair have two children together and are regularly seen attending high-profile events around the world.