Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady is once again a Super Bowl champion. Boasting five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVP awards and a slew of records, he’s undoubtedly one of the game’s most impressive players. A living legend, he continues to be one of the few players who defy age as he continues to improve year after year.
Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California. Growing up, Brady idolized Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers and excelled in both football and baseball. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995, but declined to focus on football. Eventually, he played backup quarterback for the University of Michigan starting in 1995. He later started and helped the team win the 1999 Citrus Bowl and the 2000 Orange Bowl. He was highly regarded as an NFL prospect but drafted #199 overall by the New England Patriots that year.
Brady began his NFL career as Drew Bledsoe’s back up in the 2000-2001 season. In the 2001-2002 season, Bledsoe was sidelined by injuries, forcing Brady to take the helm of the team. He led the Patriots all through the playoffs and capped off his stellar run with a stunning Super Bowl upset win over the St. Louis Rams, garnering his first Super Bowl MVP Award and the adoration of New England fans.
Brady and the Patriots returned to the Super Bowl in 2004 and 2005, winning both games in thrilling contests against the Panthers and Eagles, respectively, and starting a new NFL dynasty. Brady led the Patriots to the playoffs in the following years but couldn’t quite match their Super Bowl glory of the past. In the 2007-2008 season, Brady led the Patriots to the only 16-0 regular season of the modern era, though the team fell to the underdog New York Giants in the Super Bowl in what was one of the most shocking upsets of all time. After being out for the next season by injury, Brady again led the Patriots to the playoffs and a Super Bowl rematch against the Giants in 2012, only to fall to them once again.
Undeterred, Brady continued to put up stellar numbers and garner postseason appearances year after year. In 2015, he finally captured his fourth Super Bowl ring, defeating the Seattle Seahawks in one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time. After narrowly missing the Super Bowl the next season, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016-2017 season due to his involvement in the “Defaltegate” scandal. Not set back by this, he once again dominated the NFL, leading the Patriots to a 14-2 regular season record and yet another Super Bowl appearance in the postseason. Facing the Atlanta Falcons in the championship game, Brady and the Patriots found themselves down a staggering 25 points in the third quarter but battled back to tie the game and send it into overtime. There, Brady engineered another one of his famous winning drives, defeating the Falcons and capturing a record fifth Super Bowl ring and fourth Super Bowl MVP Award.
Now, Brady once again stands atop the football world. With nothing left to prove, he reigns as a Super Bowl champion once again and arguably the best quarterback of all time.