The Patriots Leader
"I'm more comfortable in a leadership role. Because of that, my personality comes out a bit more. If I want to say something, I say it." Tom Brady.
Quarterback of the New England Patriots and two-time Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII), Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots three times (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) to win the National Football League (NFL) championship. Widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his era, Brady has been invited to four Pro Bowls and holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single regular season. He also helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons.
“You always want to be perfect out there. But it's about really improving all parts of the game and trying to be more efficient on offense.” Tom Brady
Recently, in 2007, the “Sports Illustrated” 2005 “Sportsman of the Year” was named the most valuable player of the NFL as his team had a perfect 16-0 record in the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
Meanwhile, the 6' 4" football star, who was one of “People Magazine's” "50 Most Beautiful People" (2002), served as a judge for the 2002 Miss USA pageant and also works as a model. He recently did an ad campaign for Smart Water and may become the next model of Calvin Klein underwear.
On a more personal note, he dated actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004 to late 2006, with Moynahan confirming to “People Magazine” that she was pregnant with Brady's child. Brady has since dated Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the ex-girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
"Don't let other people tell you what you're capable of. As long as you believe in yourself and work hard to achieve whatever you set your mind to, you just keep plugging away. It may not be up to your timetable, but you can get it done." Tom Brady
Childhood and Family:
Son to Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Johnson-Brady, Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. was born on August 3, 1977, in the upper-class city of San Mateo, California, where he attended Junípero Serra High School and grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan.
A fan of quarterback Joe Montana, little Brady began playing organized football at an all-boys Catholic school and played catcher in his high school's football team. In 1995, he was drafted in the 18th round of that year's Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos as a catcher, but he opted to accept a scholarship to the University of Michigan in 1996 to play college football. He graduated from the university in 1999.
Tom Brady, nicknamed “California Cool” and “Tom Terrific,” had a son named John Edward Thomas (JET) Moynahan (born on August 22, 2007) with actress Bridget Moynahan (born on September 21, 1970). Since their break up, Brady has been dating Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen (born on July 20, 1980), the ex-girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
“A very joyous, happy situation.” Tom Brady (on the birth of his first child)
Besides being a professional football player, Brady is also an excellent golfer. He began playing at age 2 and is a single-digit handicapper. He has played golf with John Elway, hung out with Barry Bonds and Willie Mays, and met Muhammad Ali at a charity event. He was President George Bush's guest at his 2004 State of The Union address and got to sit next to First Lady Laura Bush.
Most Valuable Player
Drafted in the 18th round of 1995's Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos as a catcher, Tom Brady passed up a chance for a professional baseball career to play college football at the University of Michigan. There, he spent his first two seasons sitting on the bench, becoming the team's third-string quarterback. He was eventually picked as Michigan's starting quarterback in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. By his senior year, he had tossed 20 touchdown passes and led his team to an overtime win in the 1999 season Orange Bowl over Alabama, throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns. With 442 completions from 710 attempts, Brady was positioned number three in the history of the University of Michigan.
Entering the new millennium, Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots where he spent his first year standing on the sidelines and played in only one game. However, the future star got his first big break the following year after he was selected to take over the role of the team's injured starting quarterback, Drew Bledsoe. He soon brought the team all the way to Super Bowl XXXVI and hooked an impressive 11 wins to 3 losses in the 14 games he started. In the post-season, he successfully took the team to victory over the St. Louis Rams, where 24-year-old Brady also became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl and took home the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.
In the next Super Bowl season, Brady's team unfortunately failed to make it to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Brady continued to be in the spotlight as he was named one of “People Magazine's” “50 Most Beautiful People” (2002) and asked to become a judge for the same year's Miss USA pageant.
“I am honored to be chosen. But, as much as I enjoy dressing fashionably, this time of year I care a lot more about how I look on the field than off it.” Tom Brady
The 2003 season proved to be another big break for Brady as his team held 14 consecutive wins to finish the Super Bowl XXXVIII with a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers and win the AFC East despite a slow 2-2 start. With 3 touchdowns and the record for most completions by a quarterback in the Super Bowl (32), Brady was named Super Bowl MVP once again and became the youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls and joined Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Bart Starr as the only players to win two or more Super Bowl MVPs.
“Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities.” Tom Brady
After having surgery on his right shoulder in February of 2004, Brady delivered more record-breaking performances in the 2004 season, helping the Patriots to set an NFL record with 21 straight wins and beating the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. The Patriots also won the AFC East divisional title for the third time in four years.
“You don't like to see your guys take the field without you because it makes you feel like man, maybe they really don't need me out there, which is kind of humbling.” Tom Brady
The next season had ups and downs for Brady's team. Although they coped with team injuries and new player adjustments, the Patriots still managed to play well. In the 2005 playoffs, Brady led his team to a 28-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round, but lost 27-13 against the Denver Broncos on January 14, 2006, at INVESCO Field. In 2006 in the AFC Championship game, his team also lost to the Indianapolis Colts, who staged a comeback in the second half.
“I don't think there's a lot of carry over from year to year. I don't think anybody cares what you did the year before.” Tom Brady
2007 saw Brady set more records with his team. They did not lose a single game during the regular season or playoff games. He was named the most valuable player of the NFL in 2007 before his team lost to the underdog New York Giants, who scored a last minute touchdown to upset the favored Patriots 17-14.
About the surprise loss of his team, Brady told the press, "I'm sure it will be tough to swallow over the coming months. I had a feeling it was going to come down to a few plays, and we just didn't get it done."
Meanwhile, always-celebrity Brady, who is dating Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, recently did an ad campaign for Smart Water. He is now reportedly in negotiations to become the next model for Calvin Klein underwear.
New England Patriots All-time Leader (Passing touchdowns)
Super Bowl Champion: XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX
Super Bowl MVP: XXXVI, XXXVIII
AP Male Athlete of the Year: 2007
AP NFL MVP: 2007
AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year: 2007
Sporting News Sportsman of the Year: 2004, 2007
AFC Offensive Player of the Month: September and October 2007
FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week (an award for quarterbacks): Weeks 6, 7, 11, and 17
AFC Offensive Player of the Week: Weeks 3, 6, 7, 14, and 17
Sportsman of the Year: 2005
Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year: 2005