Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977), is the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots and arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. He became the starter after perennial Pro-Bowler Drew Bledsoe was injured in Week 2 of the 2001 season, tallying an 11-3 record and winning the Super Bowl that year. Brady has been the starter in New England ever since. In Brady's 16 full seasons as a starter (he missed nearly all of 2008 with a torn ACL), the Patriots have earned nine trips to the Super Bowl, winning six. Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards (the most ever), three league MVP awards, has been selected to fourteen Pro Bowls, and has led the Patriots to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history, with sixteen. Brady is fourth on the all-time list for career passing yardsnote and third for career touchdown passes.note His career postseason record is 30-10; his playoff win total is the most in NFL history. He helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons. He also set the record for most consecutive playoff wins with 10, and in 2007 led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the institution of the 16-game schedule. He has thrown for more passing yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in NFL postseason history, and has the fourth highest career passer rating of all time (97.6) among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career passing attempts.note
Tom Brady and Joe Montana are the only two players in NFL history to win the NFL Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP awards multiple times. Brady is the only quarterback to lead his team to at least seven Super Bowls (he's led them to nine), holds the record for the most total Super Bowl touchdown passes and, after Super Bowl LIII, is now the first and only player to win six Super Bowls. He was named the NFL MVP in 2007, 2010, and 2017 (in 2010 becoming the first player since 1986 to be unanimously chosen as MVP) as well as the 2007 Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, the first NFL player to be so honored since 1990. He also became the first quarterback to throw for 50 or more touchdowns in a season. In 2010, he set the NFL record for consecutive passes without an interception (358).
Tom Brady has been a popular spokesman for several brands including Gillette, Dodge, Under Armour, Uggs, and Citizen watches. He has made guest appearances on Family Guy and Entourage. Additionally he had a cameo as himself in Ted 2, directed by Patriots Fan Seth MacFarlane and starring frequent Patriots owner's box guest Mark Wahlberg. He also had a small speaking role in Stuck on You with another Patriots Megafan Matt Damon. He is also on the cover of Madden NFL 18, which even got a G.O.A.T. Edition inspired by him.
Tropes related to his works:
- Always Someone Better: Possibly subverted. After the Miracle Rally in Super Bowl LI, many fans and commentators, even many who admitted to not liking him much, began calling him the G.O.A.T. - the Greatest Of All Time. Still, don't mention the names Eli Manning and Nick Foles, or the numbers 18-1 anywhere near him.
- Badass Boast: According to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, shortly after Brady was drafted by the team, he introduced himself to Kraft and told him that he, Brady, was "the best decision this organization has ever made."
- Broken Base: The G.O.A.T. debate has become this; Brady's career stats speak for themselves, but there is a sizable contingent of football fans, as well as a fair amount of sports journalists, who refuse to anoint him as the Greatest Of All Time.
- A common argument, when comparing Brady to Joe Montana, is that while Brady may hold more Suoer Bowl wins, Montana's record is a perfect 4-0 (Brady's is 6-3 as of this writing). A common counterargument is that Montana only made it to four Super Bowls, not to mention that Montana retired in his late 30s, while Brady is still going strong in his early 40s.
- Another argument that naysayers bring up is, of course, Spygate and Deflategate, stating that these two scandals at the least, put an asterisk next to the Super Bowls that Brady has won before they were exposed. Brady's defenders will point out that the Patriots have won Super Bowls after the controversies as well.
- The so-called haters will also postulate that Brady is only as successful as he is because he has Bill Belichick as his coach.....which opens the floodgates to a whole different debate.
- Basically, at this point, it would take a perfect 19-0 season for Brady in order to silence at least most of the remaining criticism. And even then, there would probably still be a few vocal holdouts.
- It's Personal: Being selected so late in the draft still bothers him. During interviews, when he is discussing that draft day and how it felt to sit with his family watching the TV and have round after round go by without being selected, his voice breaks, his eyes tear up, and it's difficult for him to talk about it. A huge motivator for him is the fact that every team he plays (except the Houston Texans, which didn't start play until his third season in 2002) is a team that passed on him multiple times and all six quarterbacks selected ahead of him never won a Super Bowl and are now out of the NFLnote . And he loves rubbing their noses in it.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Brady's teams, especially recently, have been geared toward being staffed mostly by players who aren't the greatest at their position, but are capable at lots of different things, and can be shuffled around to compensate for other, injured players. Brought to a head when star Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending injury, and they still won the Super Bowl.
- Madden Curse: He is aware of it, but he does not believe in it. When featured on the cover of the 2018 version, his MVP season in 2017 seemed to show no effects that plagued other QBs such as Culpepper, though his WR corps did suffer several injuries (most notably to Julian Edelman, who was sidelined for the entire year with a torn ACL), but he won MVP, and they still clinched the top seed in the AFC, but they ultimately fell short of the sixth Super Bowl, losing 41-33 to the Eagles. No one's sure whether him winning MVP means he defied it, or him losing the Super Bowl means he suffered from it. In the Super Bowl, he did pass for over 500 yards, but also had the Patriots' lone turnover of the game.
- Miracle Rally: Staged one of the greatest ever when he led the Patriots back from being down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI to tie the game, and win in overtime, 34-28.
- Nice Guy: Although he's received his fair share of criticism, he's a rather kindhearted person off the field, and even though he's rightfully earned a reputation for being a rather sore loser (see Sore Loser below), he's generally known to be a consummate professional who gives credit to people where it's due.
- The Rival: The Manning brothers. Peyton was one of the few quarterbacks who could contest Brady's dominance of the AFC, and has a winning record against him in the playoffs. Eli on the other hand upset the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl, the first time against a then-undefeated Pats with what is widely considered to be one of the greatest plays in football history.
- Sore Loser: If your team beats Tom Brady and the Patriots, don't expect him to congratulate you. After all three of their Super Bowl lossesnote , he went to the Patriots' locker room without shaking any of the Giants' or Eagles' player's hands.