For some Hollywood fans, they know Tom Brady as the hot husband of supermodel Gisele Bündchen. What they didn’t know is this New England Patriot NFL player is actually the first quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowl championships.
Let’s take a closer look at the life of one of the greatest NFL player of all time.
Born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California, Brady is the fourth child and only son of parents Thomas Brady Sr and Galynn Patricia. He has 3 older sisters named Julie, Nancy and Maureen. His mother has Norwegian, German, Swedish and Polish ancestry while his father is of Irish descent. Brady was raised as a Catholic by his devout parents.
Brady was a big fan of quarterback Joe Montana so it’s unsurprising that he attended the San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park regularly in the 1980s. He regularly attended football camps as a child, especially the one at the College of San Mateo. Camp counselors were the ones that taught him how to throw the football. NFL/AFL quarterback Tony Graziani was one of his mentors.
Bradley was active in sports during his high school years in Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo where he played basketball, football and baseball. The start of Brady’s football career was as a backup quarterback on the Padres junior varsity team. On his junior year, he became the varsity starter and kept this position until his graduation. He was struggling to get the radar of college coaches during his senior year though so he decided to send the highlight tapes that he created to schools where he was considering of attending.
New England Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. During his first season, he served only as a backup quarterback and played for one game only. This quite turnaround when he had to take over from starting quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe who got injured. He proved himself as a strong leader with a powerful arm and led the team to an impressive 11 wins to 3 losses in the 14 games. He continued his good performance post-season, helping the team to win over St. Louis Rams at Super Bowl XXXVI. He was even named as the game’s MVP Award.
Brady led the Patriots to another win at Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers two years later. It was also on this season that he got his second Super Bowl MVP Award. He then led the team once again to another Super Bowl victory in 2004 season, this time against Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. He signed a new 6-year contract with the Patriots in 2005.
Brady had a knee injury during the first game of 2008 season. He had to sit out the entire season due to extensive surgeries and extensive rehabilitation to repair the damage. Many believed that this would be the demise of his career but he proved them wrong when he signed a new contract with the team in 2010.
The Patriots once again battled the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLVI. Unfortunately, they lost the game with 21-17 scores. He made headlines in December 2012 when he led the team on a close game against San Francisco 49ers.
He’s been compared to legendary quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Joe Namath because of his many accomplishments.
New England Patriots was on the news everywhere when the team was accused of “Deflategate” controversy. This allegation against the team aroused during their game against the Indianapolis Colts in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game of the 2014–15 NFL playoffs where they were accused of using under-inflated footballs, one of which only measured 2 pounds per square inch which is below the minimum mark that NFL allows.
As a result of this controversy, Brady got a suspension for four games and the team was fined $1 million and lost two draft picks. Brady and the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit for the suspension to be overturned and the decision of the federal judge was in their favor on the grounds that there were legal deficiencies on the suspension given.
Brady was allowed to resume playing for the entirety of the 2015 season however his four-game suspension was reinstated by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2016 regular season. He made an announcement to accept the suspension after his request for rehearing was denied.
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Historic Super Bowl LI Victory
Despite being suspended on the first four games of the 2016 season, Brady was a big help in getting another Super Bowl spot for his team, where they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. He was offering the game for his mother who was suffering from an undisclosed illness, “She’s the one I want to win for,” Brady announced before the championship game.
He did not disappoint his mother and millions of fans watching at the NRG Stadium as he led his team to a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. In this thrilling game who was the first to go into overtime in the history of NFL, Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to take home five Super Bowl rings.
He surpassed Terry Bradshaw and even one of his idols Joe Montana who both have four Super Bowl wins. He also got his fourth Super Bowl MVP award for throwing a Super Bowl-record 466 passing yards and leading a 25-point comeback.
Brady will play his 19th pro season in 2018 at the age of 41. Read more about the exciting things in store for NFL 2018 here.
Aside from being a renowned NFL quarterback, Brady was chosen as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2002 cover of People magazine. He also tried a hosting gig at the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live in 2005.
He had a son with his longtime girlfriend Bridget Moynahan in August of 2006 however the couple part ways in late 2006. He got married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen in February of 2009 and they welcomed their first baby (Benjamin) in December of that same year. The couple had another baby (Vivian) in 2012.