There are probably no superlatives to accurately describe this thirty-eight year old superstar and former sixth round pick in the 2000 National Football League (NFL) Draft. Selected at number one hundred ninety-nine by the New England Patriots, the former University of Michigan quarterback “sat on the pine” for three years as a back-up to then starter, Drew Bledsoe.
An injury to Bledsoe in a game against the arch-rival New York Jets elevated Tom Brady to the starting job and he became an almost “instant success.” His greatness has continued unabated since that fateful day more than a decade ago.
Tom Brady, who was born in San Mateo, California on August 3, 1977, has led the New England Patriots to four Super Bowl victories since he became that team’s starting signal-caller. He was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in three of those championship games. And he has been selected to participate in the Pro Bowl ten times in his illustrious career.
Most observers and pundits have called Tom Brady “the best quarterback to ever play in the National Football League.” His on-field performances and his career statistics lend credence to that belief. Add to that the four Super Bowl appearances and it is easy to understand why so many think so highly of this former late round draft pick.
Brady is best known for his accuracy and the speed with which he releases the ball. He is a “brainy” quarterback who sees the whole field and makes quick decisions before selecting a target. His career statistics, to date, are truly amazing.
Tom Brady has attempted seven thousand four hundred fifty-seven passes over the course of his career, including the seven games played this season. He has completed a very impressive four thousand seven hundred fifty of those passes for a completion rate of 63.7 percent.
Brady has also completed a whopping four hundred twelve touchdown passes while throwing only one hundred forty-four interceptions. What may be most impressive about this all-time-great quarterback is the fact that he has passed for fifty-five thousand six hundred sixty-eight yards.
Now thirty-eight years old, Tom Brady is actually getting better at a time when most quarterbacks start regressing. Under his leadership in this, the 2015-2016 Season, the New England Patriots have a Won-Loss record of 7-0.
For his part, the future Hall of Fame quarterback has already completed twenty touchdown passes while allowing just a single interception.
There is a very real chance that he will one day be remembered as the “best quarterback in NFL history.”
Courtesy of CBS Sports