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 retirement in February 2022 after his second season with the Bucs, but revealed in March he's returning for a 23rd NFL season.
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: 22 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 (through 2021 season):
- 84,520 passing yards
- 624 touchdown passes
- 203 interceptions
- 64.2% completion percentage
- 97.6 passer rating
- 1,124 rushing yards
- 27 rushing touchdowns
Here are Tom Brady's contract details with the Buccaneers
Tom Brady signed a one-year, $25 million contract extension with the Buccaneers in March 2021. Despite his retirement announcement, he is still under contract in Tampa through the 2022 season.
There are many reasons why Brady might not be completely done playing -- he seems to fan the flames weekly at this point -- but the Buccaneers can save about $12 million in cap space for next season if Brady waits until June 2 to formally retire.
Brady may not want to play for Tampa Bay if he does return to the NFL, but head coach Bruce Arians indicated on March 1 that it would be "bad for business" to trade Brady.
Through the 2021 season, Brady has earned more than $290 million.
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 is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, with whom he has two children, Benjamin and Vivian. Brady has another son, Jack, from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynihan.