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Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, an affluent California city of more than 90,000 residents located 30 minutes south of San Francisco. His parents, Tom Sr. and Galynn, were big sports fans. They raised their four children to share their passion. Tom’s three older sisters—Maureen, Julie, and Nancy—were all athletic. He followed in their footsteps.
Tom was crazy about the 49ers. During his childhood, his parents took him to plenty of game at Candlestick Park. One of his earliest childhood memories was the 1981 NFC Championship Game between the Niners and Dallas Cowboys. The three-year-old cried for the entire first half because his mom and dad refused to buy him an oversized foam “#1” hand.
In the second half, as the drama increased and the energy began to build, Tom began paying attention to the action on the field. He did not understand everything that was happening, but he knew his favorite player, Joe Montana, was up to something special. When Montana found Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone to pull off an incredible comeback, the stadium exploded. That play sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl—and permanently shifted the balance of power in pro football. It also got Tom thinking it would be pretty cool to be a pro quarterback some day.
.Tom’s blend of intelligence and a never-say-die attitude served him well in youth sports. He flourished at positions where those qualities mattered most, most notably as a baseball catcher. He could hit, run, throw, and handle pitchers as well as anyone around. Though a football career still occupied his thoughts, he did not play in an organized league until his freshman year at Junipero Serra High School, an all-boys Catholic school in San Mateo that had produced its fair share of superstar athletes, including Lynn Swann and Barry Bonds.
Tom made the JV as a backup quarterback for the Padres and then ascended to the first-string role after an injury-filled the starter. By his junior year, he was starring on the varsity for Serra in two sports, football, and baseball. Known for his incredible work ethic, Tom was a coach’s dream. Dissatisfied with the football squad ’s training regimen, he devised his own. Included was a jump rope routine that quickly became a regular part of team workouts. Over the summers, only the most dedicated teammates joined Tom in his torturous training program.
By his senior season, Tom was seeing the fruits of his hard work. He gained national attention in 1994 as a quarterback, including All-America recognition by both Blue Chip Illustrated and Prep Football Report. He ended his prep career with 3,702 yards passing and 31 touchdowns. Tom was also honored as an All-State and All-Far West performer.
He was no slouch on the baseball diamond, either. In the 1995 draft, the Montreal Expos picked him in the 18th round.
By that time, Tom had decided his future lay in football. It was a smart choice. Two of the players drafted ahead of him by the Expos—Michael Barrett and Brian Schneider—would eventually become the team’s catching tandem.
Tom was a sought-after football prospect who had his choice of schools from coast to coast. Though many colleges closer to home were interested in him, he accepted a scholarship from the University of Michigan.
Tom arrived on campus in Ann Arbor in 1995. He had no real shot at playing time. The program was under extreme pressure to produce a conference champion. It had been two years since the Wolverines last went to the Rose Bowl, and coach Gary Moeller was fired before the season following a drunken incident. His replacement, defensive coordinator Lloyd Carr, faced high expectations and a murderous schedule.
Carr red-shirted Tom and went with the combination of freshman Scott Dreisbach and sophomore Brian Griese at quarterback. Though Michigan finished the regular season at 9-3, the team never developed much of a rhythm. The year ended with a 22-20 loss to Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.
Tom spent the 1996 season as the Wolverines’ number-three quarterback. He saw mop-up duty in just a couple of games but made great strides in other ways. He developed a firm grasp of the team’s playbook and got to practice with the first-stringers, which helped his timing and bolstered his confidence. Michigan, meanwhile, began to reassert itself as a Big Ten powerhouse. Its defense, led by linebacker Jared Irons and cornerback Charles Woodson, did solid work. The Wolverine offense was piloted by Dreisbach, who beat out Griese for the starting job in the preseason.
Disappointing losses to Northwestern and Penn State cast a shadow over an otherwise good season and made many Michigan fans wonder whether Dreisbach was the right man to lead the team. When Carr played Griese against Auburn in the Outback Bowl—and the Wolverines won 41-14—the quarterback job was once again up for grabs.
Tom played third fiddle once again in 1997. He pouted when Griese won the starting job in camp and briefly considered transferring to Cal, where he’d have a better chance to play. But with Michigan dominating its opponents, Tom got snaps in three of the first four games. Though he yearned for a bigger role on the team, Tom grew to view Ann Arbor as an okay place to be. The campus was in the throes of a national title run, and he realized that there were worse things than being a backup on a championship-caliber team. He also heeded advice from Carr, who told him to concentrate on improving his game.
Unfortunately, Tom’s year ended early when he underwent an emergency appendectomy in October. During his recovery, he made up his mind to stop brooding and become the starting QB at Michigan. Tom watched from the sidelines as Griese led the Wolverines to a share of the national title with a 21-16 win over Washington State in the Rose Bowl. He hoped to bring the team back to the big game himself one day.
With Griese graduated, Tom was among the candidates for the starting quarterback job for the 1998 campaign. His main competition was Dreisbach and freshman Drew Henson. After a strong camp, Tom was anointed the starter by Carr.
That was the good news. But things quickly went badly for the Wolverines and Tom. They lost a road game to Notre Dame and then were beaten by Syracuse at home. Unwilling to heap all the blame on his quarterback, Carr decided to stick with Tom. Finally, the season started to turn around. Tom’s teammates gained confidence in his playmaking ability, the offensive line gelled, and running back Anthony Thomas started to rack up big yards. The improved rushing attack opened up the field for Tom, who picked apart Indiana and Penn State to even Michigan’s record at 2-2.
Tom saved his best for the Wolverines’ biggest rival. Against Ohio State, he completed 31 of 56 attempts for 375 yards and a touchdown and set school records for completions, attempts, and yardage. It wasn’t enough, however, as Michigan fell 31-16.
The loss to the Buckeyes proved to be Michigan’s only defeat in its last 11 games. In the Citrus Bowl, Tom lifted the Wolverines to a 45-31 come-from-behind win over Arkansas. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, he finished the year with 2,636 yards and 15 touchdowns. Only Jim Harbaugh had thrown for more yardage in a season for Michigan.
Even after his solid campaign—and the fact he was voted one of Michigan’s team captains—Tom was not a lock to start in 1999. The reason was Henson. The sophomore was considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Among those who agreed were the New York Yankees, who drafted him as a third baseman in June of 1998. Henson played a few minor-league games that year before heading off to Ann Arbor. In 1999, he flourished in Single-A, slugging 13 homers in 69 games. He returned to Michigan in August, eager to supplant Tom as the Wolverines’ first-string passer.
The quarterback battle intensified as the opener against Notre Dame approached. Carr, unable to make up his mind, announced that both Tom and Henson would see significant time under center. Tom wasn’t happy about splitting time, his coach’s indecisiveness, or being snubbed, but he kept his mouth shut and trusted things to work out. He had learned in 1997 that the smartest way to handle disappointment was to keep his head clear and be ready to make plays when called upon.
In the first quarter of the Notre Dame game, Tom spearheaded a pair of drives that resulted in Michigan field goals. In the second quarter, Henson led the team to a third field goal. The Fighting Irish, however, were scoring touchdowns against the Wolverine defense. At halftime, it was clear to Carr that he had to pick a quarterback and go with him the rest of the way. He chose Tom, who erased a 14-point deficit and led the team to a stirring 26-22 win. He finished the day hitting on 17 of 24 passes for 197 yards.
Though he was still sharing the job with Henson, Tom continued to establish himself as the team’s true starter. He threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue, then lit up Michigan State for 285 yards and two more scores. Against Illinois, he piled up 307 yards in another two-touchdown performance. That finally convinced Carr to end his rotating quarterback system. With Tom at the helm, Michigan closed out the regular season with four straight wins to secure an Orange Bowl bid.
Tom ended his Michigan career with a flourish in Miami. He torched Alabama in a 35-34 overtime victory, completing 34 of 46 attempts for 369 yards and four touchdowns. His final pass as a collegian, a 25-yarder to Shawn Thompson, won the game for the Wolverines. The final numbers on Tom’s senior year—2,586 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, and just six interceptions—highlighted his ability to read defenses and hit receivers in stride.
Opinions on the pro prospects for Tom were mixed. Scouts didn’t question his attitude. He was fearless, hard-working, and willing to learn. They also gave him high marks for the accuracy of his arm. The big concern was Tom’s durability. Though he stood 6-4, he weighed only 205 pounds. In addition, Tom didn’t run well and couldn’t throw deep with much effectiveness. Most pegged him as a career backup—someone who could fulfill a support role, but certainly not a player worthy of a high pick.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was one of the few who saw a little more upside when he looked at the Michigan quarterback. With Drew Bledsoe ensconced at starter and veteran John Friesz slated for backup duty, Tom seemed worth a gamble. He would join former Kansas State star Michael Bishop on the bench, and Belichick hoped that one of the two would step into the second-string job by 2001. The Pats selected Tom with their sixth-round pick.
Tom was grateful that someone had taken him. When the draft started, he had envisioned himself going in the first few rounds. As team after team passed him over, he grew increasingly frustrated. According to his parents, he grabbed a baseball bat, stomped out of their home, and did a little backyard “landscaping” to let off some steam.
By the time Tom arrived at training camp with the Pats, he had worked things out and was ready to start his pro career. His new teammates teased him when they saw his spindly frame, but they respected how serious he was about learning his position. Over the course of the season, he committed the playbook to memory, added 15 pounds of muscle, and slowly but surely improved his arm strength.
At night, Tom would practice his footwork in his apartment. Hardly a moment went by that he was not preparing in some way for the day he would get to play. Although the league viewed him as a fringe type, he was sure he could get the job done in a starting role. His mission was to make believers out of everyone in pro football.
On the field, the Patriots were awful in 2000. Tom watched all but one game from the bench. His lone appearance came in a 34-9 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions, one of 11 losses for New England. He completed one pass for six yards.
As training camp broke in 2001, there was little enthusiasm in New England. Despite a lot of new faces—including corner Terrell Buckley, linebackers Mike Vrabel and Roman Phifer, halfback Antowain Smith and wideout David Patten—it promised to be another gruesome year. The Pats needed impact players, and none of these veterans qualified. A pair of rookie linemen—defensive tackle Richard Seymour and guard Matt Light—added depth in the trenches, but only Seymour seemed to have the potential to be a major contributor. As had been the case in years past, the team would go as far as Bledsoe could take them.
Although no headlines were roaring his name, Tom was one of the team’s lone bright spots during the preseason. He was beefier and faster than in his rookie season—enough so that Belichick decided to release Bishop and go with Tom as the backup.
The season opener against the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, but it was the Patriots who took the loss, 23-17. The following week, New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis put a ferocious hit on Bledsoe and knocked him out of the game. Belichick was forced to turn to Tom. With time ticking away and a chance to tie the game, he brought the Pats to the 29-yard-line, but the drive stalled and New England dropped to 0-2.
Far worse than the team’s winless start was the news that Bledsoe had sheared a blood vessel in his chest. Not only was he badly injured, but he could also have died. For better or worse, Tom was now the starter, until Bledsoe was cleared to play again.
In Week 3, the defense came through against Peyton Manning and the Colts, causing several key turnovers and holding Indianapolis to a single touchdown. Tom played a solid game, and New England got the win, 23-13. The following week, however, he could not move the ball against the Dolphins and the Patriots fell in Miami, 30-10.
With the team mired in the cellar at 1-3 and Bledsoe’s recovery going more slowly than anticipated, New England fans were ready to write off the season. Safety Lawyer Milloy was not. After the Miami game, he told Tom that he needed to be a more dynamic leader. Tom had done it in college—now it was time to do it here.
The following week, Tom brought the Pats back from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers. Two scoring drives sent the game into overtime, and kicker Adam Vinatieri split the uprights for a 29-26 victory. Feeling more confident, Tom then beat the Colts again. He threw for three touchdowns, including a 91-yarder to Patten—the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history.
Them everybody knows his story from this point on.
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