Born.... August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California, U.S.
Brief.... Height 6'4" Weight 225lbs
College..... University of Michigan - Wolverines
NFL Draft..... 2000 / Round: 6 | Pick: 199
Buccaneers Career..... March 20, 2020 | Acquired as Free Agent
Buccaneer Debut..... Against Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady 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 from 2001 to 2019. Brady is widely considered to be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of ALL Time - Quarterback.
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, 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.Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and led them to win Super Bowl LV, extending his individual records to 10 Super Bowl appearances and seven victories.
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born in San Mateo, California, on August 3, 1977, the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia (née Johnson) and Thomas Brady Sr. He has three older sisters, Nancy, Julie and Maureen, and was raised as a Catholic. His father is of Irish descent, while his mother has German, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish ancestry. Two of Brady's great-great-grandparents on his father's side, John and Bridget Brady, were Irish refugees from the Great Famine who moved to San Francisco from Boston before the American Civil War. They were accompanied by Bridget's sister Ann and her husband Lawrence Meegan, the parents of the 19th-century American Major League Baseball player "Steady" Pete Meegan. Brady's great-uncle Michael Buckley Jr. was the first American prisoner of war in World War II.
In the 1980s, Brady regularly attended San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park, where he was a fan of quarterback Joe Montana; Brady has called Montana his idol and one of his inspirations. At age four, Brady attended the 1981 NFC Championship, against the Dallas Cowboys, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark. As a child, Brady attended football camp at the College of San Mateo, where he was taught to throw the football by camp counselor and future NFL/AFL quarterback Tony Graziani. Despite the rivalry between the two teams, Brady grew up as a Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics fan.
Brady attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995; the ceremony was held at St. Mary's Cathedral. He played football, basketball and baseball in high school. He played against Bellarmine College Preparatory rival Pat Burrell in both football and baseball. Brady began his football career as the backup quarterback on the Padres junior varsity team. At first, Brady was not good enough to start on the 0–8 JV team, which had not scored a touchdown all year. Brady ascended to the starting position when the starting quarterback was injured. He became the varsity starter in his junior year and held the position until he graduated. By Brady's senior year, he was striving to be noticed by college coaches. He created highlight tapes and sent them to schools he considered attending. This led to strong interest from many football programs around the nation.
The process of recruiting was much different during Brady's time, when athletes' rankings were not as prominent. In terms of recruiting in the 2000s, Brady would have been considered a four-star recruit. In essence, he was a highly rated prospect. Brady was also on Blue Chip Illustrated as well as a Prep Football Report All-American selection. After his recruiting process, he narrowed down his list to five schools. "Probably the ones that we did hear from and ultimately pared the list to were Cal–Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Michigan and Illinois”, his father said. As a Cal fan, his father hoped that Brady would attend the nearby Cal, where Brady was a silent commit, and that he would be able to watch his son play.
Brady was also known as a great baseball player in high school. He was a left-handed-batting catcher with power. His skills impressed MLB scouts, and he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. The Expos projected Brady as a potential All-Star, offering him money typical of that offered to a late second-round or early third-round pick. Nevertheless, Brady was determined to play football at the next level. He was always more passionate about football; when he found that there was significant interest in him, he decided to take the road of football. Brady was recruited by Michigan assistant Bill Harris, signing to play for the University of Michigan in 1995. He finished his high-school football career by completing 236 of 447 passes for 3,702 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also won All-State and All-Far West honors and the team's Most Valuable Player Award.
During summer break of 1998 and 1999, Brady was an intern at Merrill Lynch. He was inducted into the Junípero Serra High School Hall of Fame in 2003, joining fellow Serra High graduates Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann, Gregg Jefferies and Jim Fregosi, among many others. When Brady revisited two weeks after Super Bowl XLVI, in 2012, school administrators announced that they had named the football stadium Brady Family Stadium.
Brady played college football at the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1999. He was a backup quarterback for his first two years, while teammate and future NFL quarterback Brian Griese led the 1997 Wolverines to an undefeated season, which was capped by a victory in the Rose Bowl and a share of the national championship. When he enrolled at Michigan, Brady was seventh on the depth chart, and he had an intense struggle to get some playing time. At one point, Brady hired a sports psychologist to help him cope with frustration and anxiety; he even considered transferring to Cal–Berkeley's football program. He worked closely with assistant athletic director Greg Harden, who met with Brady every week to build his confidence and to maximize his performance on the field. Brady told 60 Minutes in 2014: "He will always be somebody I rely on for sound advice and mentorship. He has helped me with my own personal struggles in both athletics and in life. Greg really pushed me in a direction that I wasn't sure I could go."
Under Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, Brady battled for the starting job with Drew Henson and ultimately started every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Brady was All-Big Ten honorable mention both seasons, and was the team captain in his senior year.
During his first full year as starter, he set new Michigan records for most pass attempts and completions in a season, for a total of 214. He set a school record for completions in a 31–16 loss against Ohio State in 1998, a season in which Michigan shared the Big Ten Conference title. Brady capped that season with a 45–31 win over Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl.
In the 1999 season, Brady had to once again hold off Henson for the starting job. The two players platooned during the season's first seven games, with Brady playing the first quarter, Henson the second and Carr then deciding upon a quarterback for the second half. The 1999 Michigan Wolverines started with a 5–0 record, including a 26–22 win over Notre Dame, and a road win against eventual powerhouse Wisconsin. Against Michigan State, Brady was not chosen to play the second half; however, after being reinserted into the game with Michigan down by 17 points, he nearly led Michigan all the way back before losing 34–31. After a 300-yard passing game the following week, Carr went exclusively with Brady for the remainder of the season. Brady went on to lead Michigan to multiple 4th-quarter comebacks, including a remarkable 31–27 win against Penn State. He also led them out of a close game against Indiana, 34–31, heading into the regular season's final game as winners of three straight and earning him the moniker of "Comeback Kid".
Michigan concluded the regular season against Ohio State; this was a dramatic game with a trip to the Orange Bowl on the line. With five minutes left, tied 17–17, Brady led Michigan to the winning score. He led Michigan to an overtime win in the Orange Bowl over Alabama, throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns, leading the team back from a pair of 14-point deficits in regulation (14–0 in the first half, and 28–14 in the second). He threw the game-winning score on a bootleg to tight end Shawn Thompson. Michigan won the game when Alabama missed an extra point following its own touchdown.
In the two seasons that Brady started at Michigan, he posted a 20–5 record, including wins at the Citrus Bowl (1999) and the Orange Bowl (2000). Brady finished his career ranking third in Michigan history with 710 attempts and 442 completions, fourth with 5,351 yards and 62.3 completion percentage, and fifth with 35 touchdown passes. He graduated from Michigan in December 1999 with a BA in General Studies.
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Brady was a lightly regarded prospect coming out of college, with an unimpressive NFL Scouting Combine performance reinforcing this reputation. As a result, he was not selected until the sixth round of 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, 199th overall, and was the seventh quarterback taken. Brady's success as a passer has been attributed to his work ethic, competitive spirit, pocket awareness, and intelligence.
Brady has started 344 games (299 regular season, 45 playoff) in 21 seasons, the most for an NFL quarterback. His first 20 seasons were with the Patriots, which is also the most for an NFL quarterback with one franchise. He has served as the primary starter in 19 of his seasons, holding a backup role during his rookie campaign and missing nearly all the 2008 season due to a knee injury. The 2008 season marks the only time that Brady did not start because of injury. Brady has never had a losing season as the starter and only missed the playoffs in 2002, the first year he started all 16 regular season games. With the Patriots, Brady led the team to 17 AFC East titles. His 18th postseason appearance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 was the first time his team qualified as a wild card.
The NFL's winningest quarterback, Brady has won 230 regular season games and 34 postseason games for a combined 264 wins. He is the only NFL quarterback to win 200 regular season games and his 34 postseason victories are more than twice those of any other quarterback. Brady is also the only NFL quarterback to win all 16 regular season games, which he accomplished in 2007. In the regular season, Brady is tied with quarterback Peyton Manning for the most Pro Bowl selections at 14 and has been named league MVP three times in 2007, 2010, and 2017. His 2010 MVP was awarded in a unanimous decision; the first time this distinction was achieved. Brady was also named Male Athlete of the Year in 2007, making him the second NFL player after quarterback Joe Montana to receive the award. He and Montana are the only players to win multiple NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards.
Brady's 19 seasons as the primary starter have led to seven Super Bowl titles, the most of any player and more than any NFL franchise. Overall, he has appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls; more than half of the seasons where he was the primary starter and more than any NFL franchise other than the Patriots. He and Manning are the only starting quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl for more than one franchise, with Brady winning six on the Patriots and one on the Buccaneers. In his seven victories, Brady has also set the record for Super Bowl MVP awards at five. Having earned Super Bowl MVP honors with both New England and Tampa Bay, Brady is the only player to win the award on multiple franchises.
Holding nearly every major quarterback record, Brady is the NFL leader in career passing yards, attempts, completions, and touchdown passes. He holds the postseason passing yards and completion records, while his attempts and touchdown records are held in both the regular season and playoffs. In his 344 career starts, Brady is the only NFL quarterback to have two separate consecutive starts of over 100 games. Brady's 111 consecutive starts from 2001 to 2008 ended because of his injury and his 112 consecutive starts from 2009 to 2016 ended after he was suspended for the Deflategate controversy. His longevity has also led to him setting several NFL Records (noted below).
|NFL INDIVIDUAL PLAYER RECORDS|
|Combined Regular Season and Playoffs|
|Largest number of Cut-Out Fans watching Brady Play||30,000||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl LV)|
|Longest Vince Lombardi Trophy Pass, completed||17ft - 8in||fwd lateral/shovel pass Q-T.Brady to TE-C.Brate|
|Most games won by a quarterback||264|
|Most games played by a quarterback||346|
|Most games started by a quarterback||344|
|Most games played by a skill position player||346|
|Most games started by a skill position player||344|
|Most combined passing yards||91,653|
|Most combined touchdown passes||664|
|Most game-winning drives||61|
|Most fourth quarter comebacks||48|
|Most NFL Championships by player||7|
|Most Championships in Pro Football History by player||7 - (tied)||Tied with Otto Graham|
|Most games won by a quarterback||230|
|Most games 2+ touchdown passes||173|
|Most players throwing a touchdwn pass to||77|
|Best touchdown to interception ratio in a season||28:2|
|Most wins on the road by a quarterback||98|
|Most wins at home by a quarterback||121|
|Only quarterback to have 3 consecutive games with 300+ passing yards, 3+ Touchdown-passes and 0 interceptions|
|Most seasons with 35+ touchdown passes||5 (tied)|
|Oldest quarterback to lead the league in passing yards: 40 (4,577 yards: 2017)|
|Most yards in a single season for a quarterback aged 40 and older (age 43): 4,633|
|Oldest player to win NFL MVP||40|
|Oldest position player to be names first-team All-Pro||40|
|Most career passing yards with one team||74,571|
|Most career passing touchdowns with one team||541|
|Most Pro Bowl Selections||14 (tied)|
|Most seasons quarterbacking for one team||19|
|Most career pass attempts||10,598|
|Most career touchdown passes||581|
|Most seasons as passing touchdowns leader||4 (tied)|
|Most consecutive 10 win seasons as starting QB||12 (tied)||Tied with Peyton Manning|
|Most consecutive 11 win seasons as starting QB||11|
|Most consecutive seasons on a team 9-7 or better||20|
|Most TD Passes in a season as starting QB 40 or older:||40||2020 season Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Only NFL QB to ever have 40 Passing TD's in a season in both the AFC (2007,50) and NFC (2020,40)|
|Most consecutive seasons in the NFL playoffs by a team, player or head coach: 12|
|Most playoff wins||34|
|Most games played||45|
|Most playoff games started||45|
|Most playoff appearences||45|
|Most starting quarterbacks beaten (QB)||27|
|Most teams beaten (QB)||19|
|Most stadiums won in (QB)||13|
|Most games won by a starting quarterback||34|
|Most consecutive wins by a starting Quarterback||10||(2001 - 2005)|
|Most post-season road wins by a quarterback||7 (tied)||Tied with Joe Flacco|
|Oldest player to throw a touchdown pass||43y - 6m - 4d||43 years, 6 months, 4 days|
|Most consecutive wins to start a caree by a quartercack||10||2001, 2003 - 2005|
|Most career home wins by a starting quarterback||20||2001 - 2019|
|Most consecutive home wins by a starting quarterback||9||2013 - 2019|
|Most touchdown passes||83|
|Most touchdown passes between a quarterback and receiver||14||with Rob Gronkowski Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Most passing yards||12,449|
|Most passing yards in a single playoff game||505||Super Bowl LI|
|Most passes completed||1,106|
|Most passes attempted||1,764|
|Most passes intercepted||38|
|Most division titles won by a starting quarterback||16|
|Most NFL conference championship appearances by a starting quarterback||14|
|Most NFL conference wins by a starting quarterback||10|
|Oldest Quarterback to win an AFC title game||41y-5m-174d||41 years, 5 months, 17 days|
|Oldest Quarterback to win an NFC title game||43y-174d||43 years, 174 days|
|Most career 300+ passing yard games||16|
|Most game-winning drives||13|
|Most fourth quarter comebacks||9|
|Most multi-TD passes||27|
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|Longest Vince Lombardi Trophy Pass, completed||17ft - 8in||fwd lateral/shovel pass Q-T.Brady to TE-C.Brate|
|Most wins as a player||7|
|Most wins as a starting QB||7|
|More wins than any one NFL franchise has in total (New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers each have six)|
|Is the only quarterback to win the Super Bowl for both the AFC and NFC conferences|
|Is one of only two quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl for two separate teams, the other being Peyton Manning|
|Holds the second most number of Super Bowl rings of any player/coach/executive in NFL history, the only individual with more is Bill Belichick who earned 8 rings (6 with New England, 2 with the New York Giants)|
|Most touchdown passes||21|
|Most passing yards||3,039|
|Most passes completed||277|
|Most passes attempted||421|
|Most passes completed in in first half of a single Super Bowl||20||Super Bowl XLIX|
|Most passes completed in a single Super Bowl||43||Super Bowl LI|
|Most passes attempted in a single Super Bowl||62||Super Bowl LI|
|Most passing yards in a single Super Bowl||505||Super Bowl LI|
|Most Super Bowl appearances||10|
|Most passing attempts without an interception in a single Super Bowl||48||Super Bowl XLII & LII|
|Oldest QB to start a Super Bowl||43y 6m 5d||43 years, 6 months, and 5 days|
|Oldest QB to win a Super Bowl||43y 6m 5d||43 years, 6 months, and 5 days|
|Oldest player to win a Super Bowl MVP||43y 6m 5d||43 years, 6 months, and 5 days|
|Oldest QB from the AFC to start a Super Bowl||41y 6m 0d||41 years, 6 months, and 0 days|
|Oldest QB from the AFC to win a Super Bowl||41y 6m 0d||41 years, 6 months, and 0 days|
|Oldest player from the AFC to win Super Bowl MVP||39y 6m 2d||39 years, 6 months, and 2 days|
|Most consecutive completions in a single Super Bowl||16||Super Bowl XLVI|
|Most game-winning drives||6|
|Only NFL QB to start three consecutive Super Bowls and win two of them while starting every game during all three seasons.|
|Only NFL QB to lose a Super Bowl (LII) then return and win it (LIII) the very next year while starting every game during both seasons.|
|Only NFL QB to ever start and win a Super Bowl in both the AFC (6 w/ NE Patriots) and NFC (1 w/ TB Buccaneers) conferences.|
|Largest number of Cut-Out Fans watching Tom Brady Play in a Super Bowl||30,000||Super Bowl LV in Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida|
On the Patriots, Brady and head coach Bill Belichick formed the NFL's most successful quarterback-head coach tandem. They were consistently credited with the Patriots' dynasty from 2001 to 2019, resulting in the dynasty being named the Brady–Belichick era after them. The dynasty is regarded as one of the greatest in sports history, with Brady's successes helping the Patriots set the records for Super Bowl appearances and wins (6, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers). During Brady's first season as the primary starter, the franchise won its first championship in Super Bowl XXXVI, with consecutive titles following in 2003 and 2004. The Patriots won an NFL-record 21 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) during this period, while Brady won 10 consecutive postseason games (also his first 10 postseason games), another NFL record.
Brady would maintain the Patriots' status as perennial postseason contenders throughout his tenure, although they did not win another Super Bowl until a decade after their third. His next two appearances both ended in upset defeats against the New York Giants; the first loss in 2007's Super Bowl XLII also prevented Brady and the Patriots from obtaining a perfect 19–0 season. Brady returned to dominant postseason form in 2014, when he led the Patriots to their fourth title in Super Bowl XLIX. This was followed by Brady making three consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 2016 to 2018, which secured New England's fifth and sixth titles in Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LIII.
One of the NFL's most decorated and accomplished players, Brady is widely cited as the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady has also been commonly cited as the greatest NFL player, regardless of position, and has been discussed as being one of the greatest athletes in any sport.
Brady was selected with pick number 199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He and his family had believed that Brady would be drafted in the second or third round; they watched the draft on television, stunned as six other quarterbacks were drafted before he was. Brady was so embarrassed that he briefly left the family home during the sixth round, and cried when recalling the experience for an interview 11 years later. Brady later said that when the Patriots notified him that he would be drafted, he was grateful he would not "have to be an insurance salesman". According to Michael Holley's book Patriot Reign, the Patriots were considering Brady and Tim Rattay, both of whom had received positive reviews from then-quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein. Ultimately, the Patriots front office chose Brady. Considering his subsequent success, many analysts have called Brady the best NFL draft pick of all time. Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled: "I still have the image of Tom Brady coming down the old Foxboro Stadium steps with that pizza box under his arm, a skinny beanpole, and when he introduced himself to me and said 'Hi Mr. Kraft,' he was about to say who he was, but I said 'I know who you are, you're Tom Brady. You're our sixth round draft choice," recalled Kraft. "And he looked me in the eye and said 'I'm the best decision this organization has ever made.' It looks like he could be right."
Brady started the season as the fourth-string quarterback, behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backups John Friesz and Michael Bishop; by season's end, he was number two on the depth chart behind Bledsoe. During his rookie season, he was 1-for-3 passing, for six yards. Tight end Rod Rutledge caught Brady's first and only completed pass of the season in a 34–9 loss to the Detroit Lions on November 23.
Brady returned from his knee injury in the AFC Championship Game to start in Super Bowl XXXVI a week later at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Patriots played well, holding the Rams' high powered offense in check through the first three quarters. The Rams rallied from a 17–3 deficit to tie the game with 1:30 left in regulation. The Patriots then got the ball back at their own 17-yard line with no timeouts remaining. Sportscaster and former Super Bowl-winning coach John Madden argued that the Patriots should run out the clock and try to win the game in overtime. Instead, Brady drove the Patriots' offense down the field to the Rams' 31-yard line before spiking the ball with seven seconds left. Kicker Adam Vinatieri converted a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20–17 win and their first ever league championship. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP while throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. At the age of 24 years and six months, Brady became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, surpassing Joe Namath (Super Bowl III) and Joe Montana (Super Bowl XVI). Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills during the off-season; this event cemented Brady's status as the Patriots' starting quarterback.
After earning a first-round bye, the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, 17–14. In the AFC Championship Game, they defeated Indianapolis Colts, 24–14. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Brady led the Patriots to a 32–29 victory over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers and was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time. During the game, Brady threw for 354 yards with three touchdowns and set the record for most completions by a quarterback in a Super Bowl with 32. With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 29–29, Brady led a drive with five completions to put the Patriots in position for the game-winning 41-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
In Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 24–21, capturing their third championship in four years. They became the first franchise since the Dallas Cowboys to win do so. Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Brady led the Patriots to the first 16–0 regular-season record in NFL history, outscoring opponents by an average score of 37–17. He also attained numerous career, franchise, and NFL records and milestones in the process. He was named as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week five times that year. In a Week 6 game at Dallas, he had a career-high five passing touchdowns in a 48–27 win. The win tied him with Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach for the most wins ever by a starting quarterback in his first 100 regular-season starts, with 76. The next week, in part of a 49–28 win at Miami, he had another record day, with a career-high six passing touchdowns, setting a franchise record. He also had the first game with a perfect passer rating of his career. Two weeks later, as part of a come-from-behind 24–20 victory at Indianapolis, he threw for another three touchdowns, the ninth consecutive game in which he had done so, breaking Peyton Manning's NFL record of eight. During the last game of the year against the New York Giants, Brady threw his 50th touchdown of the season, breaking Peyton Manning's single-season record of 49 in the 2004 season.
On September 10, 2010, Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL. The extension included $48.5 million in guaranteed money.
In Super Bowl XLIX, Brady completed 37-of-50 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He guided a then-record ten-point fourth quarter comeback as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to give Brady his fourth Super Bowl ring, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl victories by a starting quarterback. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time, tying Montana's record. Brady's 37 completed passes in the game set a Super Bowl record at the time, which Brady himself would break in Super Bowl LI two years later.
Brady and the Patriots faced the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons, who boasted the league's highest scoring offense, in Super Bowl LI. Brady threw for 43 completions on 62 attempts for 466 passing yards—all Super Bowl records at the time. Brady also threw for two touchdowns and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Robert Alford in the second quarter. After trailing 28–3 midway through the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game at the end of regulation. This resulted in the first overtime in Super Bowl history. After winning the overtime coin toss, Brady led the Patriots down the field to score a touchdown and win the game by a score of 34–28, completing the largest comeback win in both team history and Super Bowl history. With the victory, Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, which set a record for most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback in history and tied defensive player Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl victories for any player. In addition, Brady set another record by winning his fourth Super Bowl MVP award for his clutch performance.
After the game, it was discovered that Brady's jersey had gone missing from the Patriots' locker room. The FBI, in collaboration with Mexican authorities, recovered the jersey from the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a Mexican tabloid writer, along with Brady's jersey from Super Bowl XLIX.
In Super Bowl LIII, Brady completed 21-of-35 passes for 262 passing yards and an interception as the Patriots won 13–3 over the Los Angeles Rams in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history. This was the first time in nine Super Bowl appearances in which Brady did not have a passing touchdown, though with the game tied 3–3 and less than eight minutes left he successfully connected with Rob Gronkowski down the sideline between three defenders to set up what would be the decisive touchdown. With the victory, the Patriots became the second NFL team to win six Super Bowls, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. In addition, Brady became the oldest quarterback at 41 years of age to win a Super Bowl, as well as the first player ever to win six Super Bowls, breaking a tie with Charles Haley.
On August 4, 2019, Brady signed a two-year contract extension worth $70 million through 2021 seasons; the terms of the contract allowed Brady to become a free agent after the 2019 season. Against the 2019 Patriots salary cap, Brady was the highest-paid player on the team at $21.5 million. Belichick was unwilling to offer a longer-term deal that Brady sought.
For the first time since 2008, the year in which he tore his ACL, Brady was not selected to the Pro Bowl. However, Sporting News would name him their "NFL Athlete of the Decade".
Despite finishing the regular season with a 12–4 record and winning the AFC East title for the 11th consecutive year, the Patriots were forced to start their postseason run in the Wild Card Round, where they faced the Tennessee Titans. With his team trailing by a 14–13 score and pinned back on their own 1-yard line with 15 seconds left in the game, Brady's final pass attempt of the game–and his last pass attempt as a Patriot–was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Titans cornerback and former teammate Logan Ryan, which effectively sealed the 20–13 win for Tennessee.
On March 17, 2020, the day before his contract with the Patriots expired, Brady announced that he would not re-sign with the team for the 2020 season, ending his 20-year tenure in New England. After Brady signed with Tampa Bay, billboards thanking Brady for his 20 years were posted alongside the Massachusetts Turnpike, a mile from Gillette Stadium and ten other locations around New England.
Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20, 2020. The two-year contract was worth $50 million in fully guaranteed money, with up to $4.5 million each year in incentives. The deal also included a no-trade and a no-franchise tag clause. Although his career number of 12 was assigned to Chris Godwin, Godwin offered it to Brady as a sign of respect and switched his number to 14.
In April 2020, Brady was reunited with former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski when the tight end came out of retirement and was traded to the Buccaneers. Head coach Bruce Arians stated that it was Brady who was adamant for the team to trade for Gronkowski.
Making his Buccaneers debut in New Orleans against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on September 13, Brady completed 23-of-36 passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and additionally scored a rushing touchdown as the Saints defeated the Buccaneers 34–23. Brady bounced back with three solid performances as the Buccaneers won their next three games, including a Week 4 performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in which he completed 30 of 46 passes for 369 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. Brady's five touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 38–31 win against the Chargers marked the seventh time in his career he had had five touchdowns in a game and, at age 43, made him the oldest quarterback to have a five-touchdown game. Brady's Week 4 performance earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for the first time in his career. In Week 9 against New Orleans, Brady threw for 209 yards and three interceptions during the 38–3 loss. This was the most lopsided loss of Brady's career.
In Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, Brady completed 22-of-27 attempts with 348 passing yards, four touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the first half before being rested in the 2nd half of the 47–7 victory. The win also ended a 13-year playoff drought for the Buccaneers. Overall, he finished the 2020 season with 4,633 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins Football Team, Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns in the 31–23 win. During the game, he became the oldest player to throw a touchdown pass in NFL postseason history. In the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints, Brady threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the 30–20 win. As Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees were both over 40 years old and were first and second in career touchdown passes and career passing yards, the game was hyped as the potential final match up between the two stars. Brady extended his record of Conference Championship game appearances to 14 (having reached 13 with New England). In the NFC Championship Game, Brady had three touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31–26 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. It was another highly anticipated match up since Brady and Rodgers are two of the most statistically efficient quarterbacks, and this was their first postseason match-up. The win gave Brady his record-extending tenth Super Bowl appearance, making Brady the fourth quarterback to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl, and the second after Craig Morton to reach the Super Bowl from both conferences. The Buccaneers became the first team to reach the Super Bowl hosted in its home stadium.
In Super Bowl LV, Brady threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 31–9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady was awarded Super Bowl MVP for the game. His two touchdown passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski set a record for most postseason touchdown receptions for a passer-receiver duo, with 14, breaking the mark previous held by Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Brady extended his record for most Super Bowl wins by a player with his seventh and extended his record for Super Bowl MVP awards, with five. Brady became the second quarterback, joining Peyton Manning, to lead two different teams to Super Bowl wins. Brady also became the player with the most championships in NFL history and tied Otto Graham for the most league championships in professional football history by player at seven. With the win, Brady became the oldest quarterback in Super Bowl history to start, play, win, and receive the MVP award.
On February 11, 2021, it was revealed that Brady had been dealing with knee discomfort through most of the 2020 season, and would require a minor arthroscope for a routine cleanup.
Brady has been featured as a guest star on some popular television programs, hosting Saturday Night Live in 2005 and voicing himself in the 2005 The Simpsons episode "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" and the 2006 Family Guy episode "Patriot Games"; both football-themed episodes were broadcast within a week of that year's Super Bowl. In 2009, he appeared as himself in a sixth season episode of Entourage. In 2015, he had cameo appearances as fictionalized versions of himself in the Entourage movie and Ted 2.
In 2007, Brady was a model for the Stetson cologne. Brady has endorsed brands including Uggs, Under Armour, Movado, Aston Martin and Glaceau Smartwater. According to Forbes, he earned about $7 million from endorsements alone in 2014. In 2016, he began appearing in a Beautyrest Black commercial campaign for Simmons Bedding Company. In 2016, he launched his own line of vegan snacks.
On January 20, 2016, Brady announced the launch of his peak performance website TB12Sports.com. The site features information on Brady's training regimen and includes a store to purchase TB12 equipment and merchandise. Later in the year, on August 23, 2016, the TB12 brand then expanded to offer a snack line. The snacks contain raw, vegan, and organic ingredients that are also free of gluten and dairy. The following month, Brady, alongside Boston Private and Robert Paul Properties, announced the formation of the TB12 Foundation. The purpose of the nonprofit foundation is to provide free post-injury rehabilitation care and training to underprivileged, young athletes. In March 2017, Brady moved beyond his snack line and partnered with meal-kit startup Purple Carrot to offer his own line of TB12 Performance Meals. The meals utilize whole foods and focus on providing nutrients for workout recovery. On September 19, 2017, Simon & Schuster published Brady's first book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance. Within 48 hours, it had become a number one best-seller on Amazon.com. The book also reached No. 1 on The New York Times' weekly Best Sellers list, to be featured in the edition of October 8, 2017.
Filmmaker Gotham Chopra filmed Brady during the 2017 off-season and regular season for a Facebook Watch documentary series entitled Tom vs Time. According to The New York Times, the documentary follows Brady as he "conducts his ongoing subversion campaign against the actuarial tables of quarterback longevity." He started a production company 199 Productions.
Brady was raised as a Roman Catholic, but in a 2015 interview with the New York Times, expressed he was less religious than he is spiritual. Brady stated, "I don't know what I believe. I think there's a belief system, I'm just not sure what it is." Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004 until late 2006. On February 18, 2007, Moynahan confirmed to People magazine that she was more than three months pregnant with Brady's child. Brady and Moynahan ended their relationship sometime in early December 2006, around the time Moynahan became pregnant. John Edward Thomas Moynahan was born in August 2007 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Brady began dating Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen in December 2006. In 2009, Brady said they had been set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. Brady and Bündchen married on February 26, 2009, in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California. Together, they have two children: a son named Benjamin Rein born in December 2009, and a daughter named Vivian Lake born in December 2012.
Brady and baseball player Kevin Youkilis became brothers-in-law in 2012, when Youkilis married Brady's sister Julie. Brady and his family reside in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as New York City. They own several homes together and spend time during the summer at the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Montana, as well as their home at Silo Ridge in Amenia, New York. When Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he rented a mansion in Tampa, Florida, owned by retired baseball player and Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter. In December 2020, Brady and Bündchen reportedly bought a home in Indian Creek, Florida.
Brady's health regimen includes transcendental meditation, yoga, an 80/20 diet (meaning 80% alkaline and 20% acidic), early bed time, resistance training and neuroplasticity training.
He and his family adhere to a controversial, strict diet, the "TB12 Method", which has attracted much media attention. He advocates a daily water intake in ounces of half of one's body weight in pounds and admits to consuming "a couple hundred ounces" daily. He avoids most fruits, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, coffee, Gatorade, white sugar, flour, gluten, dairy, soda, cereal, white rice, potatoes, and bread.
Brady's teammate and friend, tight end Rob Gronkowski, has followed Brady's plant-based diet plan since 2017 and has also trained with his fitness coach, Alex Guerrero. Other professional athletes who follow Brady's diet include quarterback Kirk Cousins and hockey player Mark Scheifele.
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