Even if you are not the biggest sports fan, you have likely heard of Tom Brady at least once. Tom Brady is an incredible football player, and it is sad to see his journey finally end. However, as a football fan, it is relieving to know that Brady is finally leaving.
Brady’s entire journey almost seems like a movie. Brady was selected 199th overall by the New England Patriots, one of the final picks in the draft. The reason why Brady was not selected earlier is because of his appearance. Brady did not look athletic, was not physically fast, and his arm strength was average, if not slightly above average. All of these qualities were detrimental to Brady’s draft stock, and he fell to the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
After a 22 year career, we can confidently say that Tom Brady was the best quarterback of his draft class. Brady spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. The Patriots had seventeen division titles, thirteen AFC Championship games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles. After twenty seasons, Brady moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he managed to win another Super Bowl in his first year. Finally, after losing in the NFC divisional round, Brady decided to call it a career and retire.
If we take a look at his career along with his accolades, we can confidently say that Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play football. Brady will most likely become a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he is eligible. Brady was the last quarterback to be selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, and yet, if you combine all of the accomplishments of the quarterbacks selected before him, they don’t even come close.
Tom Brady was such a popular player amongst fans, not because of his wins or his titles, but because he proved that where you were drafted does not determine your future in the league. Brady has always preached the importance of hard work, which is the reason why he was able to become the player he is today. Furthermore, Brady emphasized the importance of conditioning, which enabled him to play in the NFL until the ripe age of 44. In conclusion, many fans will miss you, and we wish you the best of luck.