“You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.”
— Tom Brady,
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots, where he was a central contributor to the franchise’s dynasty from 2001 to 2019. Brady is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
After playing college football at Michigan, Brady was selected 199th overall by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, earning him a reputation as the draft’s all-time biggest steal. He became the starting quarterback during his second season, which saw the Patriots win their first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXVI. As the team’s primary starter for 18 seasons,[a] Brady led the Patriots to 17 division titles (including 11 consecutive from 2009 to 2019), 13 AFC Championship Games (including eight consecutive from 2011 to 2018), nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles, all NFL records for a player and franchise.[b] He joined the Buccaneers in 2020, and led them to win Super Bowl LV, extending his individual records to 10 Super Bowl appearances and seven victories.
Brady holds many quarterback records, including combined passing yards (91,653), regular season touchdown passes (581), and career touchdowns (664), in addition to the most Pro Bowl selections (14, tied with Tony Gonzalez, Peyton Manning, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen) and the second-most regular season passing yards (79,204). Never having a losing season, he is the NFL leader in career quarterback wins (264), quarterback regular season wins (230), quarterback playoff wins (34), and Super Bowl MVP awards (5). His career has also been noted for longevity, with his 344 starts in 21 seasons being the most for an NFL quarterback. At age 43 in Super Bowl LV, he is the oldest player to be named Super Bowl MVP and win a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback, along with being the oldest NFL MVP at age 40 in 2017. He is the only NFL quarterback named to two first-team all-decade teams (2000s and 2010s) and was named to the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019.