Tom Brady NFT Release: From Sixth to Seven Rings (Chapter 1)

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On August 3, 1977, Thomas Brady Sr. and Galynn Patricia welcomed their fourth child and only son. While the Bradys certainly had high hopes for their youngest child, even they couldn’t predict what he would accomplish. So the greatest quarterback of all time was born.



He was named Thomas after his father, but eventually came to be called Tom over the years. Brady grew up in San Mateo, California. He fell in love with soccer as a child and regularly attended 49ers games in the 1980s. He quickly fell in love with the man he calls his idol today, Joe Montana.

Physically, Brady had a knack for the game, but soccer wasn’t the only sport that piqued his interest. During his four-year career at Junipero Serra High School, Tom also played basketball and baseball, where he showed significant potential as a catcher.

Brady received so much praise for the diamond that he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. However, instead of bringing his talents to Canada, he chose to play soccer at the University of Michigan and eventually pursue a career in the NFL.

Brady didn’t start for the Wolverines until his junior year, but quickly established himself as one of the leading quarterbacks in the country when he got the chance. It led Michigan to a 1999 Orange Bowl win and began to attract national attention.

Upon graduation, Brady entered the design process. His mental aptitude for the game stood out, but his physical prowess was lacking when compared to other draft prospects (we’ve all seen the infamous image of the combine).

He was eventually elected in the sixth round, ranked 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Brady was initially only considered insurance for long-term contract franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

After sitting behind Bledsoe throughout his rookie campaign, Brady got his sophomore chance. In Week 2 of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was injured in an incredibly hard blow from Mo Lewis that almost killed him. He suffered a hemothorax and a doctor apparently told his wife that he might not make it. Fortunately, Bledsoe made a full recovery.

In his absence, Brady took over as a starter and was an effective game manager, making simple moves and minimizing mistakes often seen in young players. With Brady in the middle, the Patriots set an 11-3 record for the remainder of the regular season.

Led by the sophomore sensation, New England made a magical playoff run that was crowned by excitement over Kurt Warner and The Greatest Show on Turf at Super Bowl XXXVI.

Thus began the Patriots dynasty and the legend of Tom Brady was born.


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