Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was selected in the sixth round (199th overall) by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft. All he's done since then is go on to become the most accomplished player in the history of the league, winning seven Super Bowls and holding numerous passing records.
Following 20 seasons and six championships with the Patriots, Brady signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, winning a seventh title in his first season with the team. He announced his second retirement in February 2023 after his third season with the Bucs, one year after a brief run-in with retirement before returning for a 23rd NFL season in 2022. Now, it looks like Brady is officially done.
Get to know more about Brady, who is gone but far from forgotten in New England:
Tom Brady's bio
- Height: 6-foot-4
- Weight: 225 pounds
- Birthdate: Aug. 3, 1977
- Birthplace: San Mateo, California
- College: Michigan
- NFL experience: 23 years
- Jersey number: 12
Tom Brady's career NFL stats
Here are some of Tom Brady's notable career achievements and statistics:
- Seven-time Super Bowl champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)
- Three-time Super Bowl runner-up (2007, 2011, 2017)
- Five-time Super Bowl MVP (2001, 2003, 2014, 2016, 2020)
- Three-time NFL MVP (2007, 2010, 2017)
- Three-time First Team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
- Two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
- 15-time Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021)
- Five-time NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2021)
- Four-time NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017, 2021)
- 2009 Comeback Player of the Year
- Hall of Fame All-2000s Team
- Hall of Fame All-2010s Team
- NFL All-Time Passing Yards Leader
- NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns Leader
- NFL All-Time Pass Completions Leader
- Career totals (regular season only):
- 89,214 passing yards
- 649 touchdown passes
- 212 interceptions
- 64.3% completion percentage
- 97.2 passer rating
- 1,123 rushing yards
- 28 rushing touchdowns
Here are Tom Brady's career earnings
Tom Brady made a lot of money in his NFL career.
As a seventh-round pick, he earned $231,500 in his rookie season. In 2001, he led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl and won Super Bowl MVP despite earning only $372,160. Brady signed a four-year, $29.625 million extension with the Patriots a few months after winning that first ring.
Miraculously, Brady didn't make over $20 million in a season until his final year in New England ($23 million in 2019). He frequently signed team-friendly deals, which allowed Bill Belichick to bolster the roster around him. In 20 seasons with the Pats, Brady earned $235,166,804 -- an average of just under $12 million per year.
When Brady moved south to Tampa Bay, his salary ballooned. In three years with the Bucs, he earned $97,795,588 -- an average of over $32.5 million per year.
Tom Brady's college career
Brady played college football at the University of Michigan for Lloyd Carr. Brady, who also played baseball and basketball at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, had been drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft.
Brady backed up future NFL quarterback Brian Griese during his first two years for the Wolverines before emerging as starter for his junior and senior seasons, although Drew Henson -- who'd go on to play in both the NFL and MLB -- also received some playing time under center.
The Wolverines won a national championship in 1997, Brady's sophomore season, but he appeared in only four games and attempted 15 passes.
Brady led Michigan to victories in the Citrus Bowl and Orange Bowl, respectively, following the 1998 and 1999 seasons prior to graduation.
Brady finished his career for the Wolverines with a 20-5 record -- 13-3 in the Big Ten -- throwing 30 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions and completing 61.9% of his passes.
In the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady slid to the Patriots in the sixth round. Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady: Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn. Pennington won Comeback Player of the Year twice and Bulger made two Pro Bowls, but Brady has made more Pro Bowls (14) than Pennington and Bulger combined had seasons as primary starters at all (13).
The Patriots also drafted six players before they finally got around to taking Brady in Bill Belichick's first year in charge: Adrian Klemm, J.R. Redmond, Greg Randall, Dave Stachelski, Jeff Marriott and Antwan Harris.
Meet Tom Brady's family
Brady is the only son of Galynn and Tom Brady Sr. He has three older sisters, Nancy, Julie and Maureen; Julie is married to former Boston Red Sox All-Star Kevin Youkilis.
Brady has two children, Benjamin and Vivian, with supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Brady has another son, Jack, from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynihan. Brady and Bundchen were married for 13 years from 2009 to 2022 and announced their divorce on Oct. 28, 2022.