Best athletes of all time: Tom Brady


Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born on August 3rd, 1977, in San Mateo, California. Growing up, his love for the game of football started to expand. Brady would attend San Francisco 49ers games to see Joe Montana, his role model, play. He would eventually be compared to Montana later in his career. 

In high school, Brady played both baseball and football. He entered the MLB playing for the Montreal Expos, but he decided to pursue a career in football instead. During his junior year, he started playing for the University of Michigan and led them to the 1999 Orange Bowl. In the year 2000, he was chosen in the sixth round of the NFL draft to play for the New England Patriots as a backup quarterback. He excelled with the team and worked hard to improve his techniques. 

In 2001, the Patriots starting quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, was injured, and Brady was chosen to fill the position. He was consistent in his play and made few mistakes. That year, the Pats went 11-3 in their season and upset the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, and Brady was named the MVP of the game. Having a great season and then winning the Super Bowl that year seemed to become a constant for the Patriots. Spanning several years on the Patriots roster, Tom worked very hard to create a name for himself and his team.

 In 2020, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to win Super Bowl LV. There were rumors of his retirement in 2021, and although he did in fact follow through with that idea, he quickly came out of retirement  and is continuing to play for the Bucs in the 2022 season. 

Brady has said many inspirational quotes about football and life in general. One that will always speak to me is: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.” To me, this is Brady saying that you can set goals, but once you reach and accomplish them, set more. We should always have something that we’re working towards, and do the best you can do. Having this grit makes you a very strong person inside and outside. 

Tom Brady will continue to inspire for years to come even after he decides to retire – again.