Sunday Morning Inspiration: Tom Brady – 4th String?! Superstar QB for New England Patriots Started at the Bottom
|Tom Brady – Photo Credit: Wikipedia|
Sunday Morning Inspiration: Did you know that superstar quarterback, Tom Brady, started his NFL career as the 4th string quarterback for the New England Patriots. According to Wikipedia, Michigan’s quarterback was selected as pick #199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
More from Wikipedia’s page on Tom Brady….
From this humble beginning, Brady has become one of the most successful quarterback’s in NFL history. He and Joe Montana are the only two players in NFL history to win the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Super Bowl MVP awards multiple times (2 NFL MVPs, 2 Super Bowl MVPs). Brady and John Elway are the only two quarterbacks to lead their teams to five Super Bowls.
According to Michael Holley’s book Patriot Reign, the Patriots were considering Brady and Tim Rattay, both of whom had received positive reviews from then-quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein. Ultimately, the Patriots front office chose Brady. Ironically, even though the Patriots drafted a future superstar in the next to last round, the class of 2000 was a mediocre vintage for quarterbacks. Brady, Chad Pennington and Marc Bulger were the only ones to see success at the NFL level.
The Patriots made the unusual decision to carry four quarterbacks (instead of three) on the roster. Brady started the season as the fourth string quarterback, behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backups John Friesz and Michael Bishop; by season’s end, he was number two on the depth chart behind Bledsoe. During his rookie season, he was 1-of-3 passing, for six yards.
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