191 Facts About Tom Brady


Tom Brady spent his first20 seasons with the New England Patriots and was a central contributor to the franchise's dynasty from 2001 to 2019.


Tom Brady holds nearly every major quarterback record, including most career passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, and games started.


Tom Brady is the NFL leader in career quarterback wins, quarterback regular season wins, quarterback playoff wins, and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Awards, as well as being the only Super Bowl MVP for two different franchises.


Additional accolades held by Tom Brady include the most Pro Bowl selections and the first unanimous NFL MVP.


The only quarterback to win a Super Bowl in three separate decades, Tom Brady is noted for the longevity of his success.


Tom Brady was the oldest NFL MVP at age40, the oldest Super Bowl MVP at age43, and the oldest quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl at age44.


Tom Brady is the only NFL quarterback named to two all-decade teams and was unanimously named to the 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019.

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Tom Brady's father is of Irish descent, while his mother has Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Polish ancestry.


At age four, Tom Brady attended the 1981 NFC Championship, against the Dallas Cowboys, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark.


Tom Brady attended Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995.


Tom Brady played football, basketball, and baseball in high school.


Tom Brady played against Bellarmine College Preparatory rival Pat Burrell in both football and baseball.


Tom Brady began his football career as the backup quarterback on the Padres junior varsity team.


Tom Brady ascended to the starting position when the starting quarterback was injured.


Tom Brady became the varsity starter in his junior year and held the position until he graduated.


Tom Brady created highlight tapes and sent them to schools he considered attending.


In terms of recruiting in the 2000s, Tom Brady would have been considered a three or four-star recruit.


Tom Brady was on Blue Chip Illustrated as well as a Prep Football Report All-American selection.


Tom Brady was known as a great baseball player in high school.


Tom Brady's skills impressed MLB scouts, and he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos.


The Expos offered him money typical of that offered to a late second-round or early third-round pick, but when Tom Brady learned of the interest in his playing football, he chose football over baseball; Tom Brady would later go on to become the last active athlete drafted by the Expos.


Tom Brady was recruited by Michigan assistant Bill Harris, signing to play for the University of Michigan in 1995.


Tom Brady finished his high school football career by completing 236 of 447 passes for 3,702 yards and31 touchdowns.


Tom Brady won All-State and All-Far West honors and the team's Most Valuable Player Award.


Tom Brady was inducted into the Junipero 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.

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When Tom Brady visited the school in 2012, two weeks after Super Bowl XLVI, administrators announced that they named the football stadium Tom Brady Family Stadium.


Tom Brady played college football at the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1999.


When he initially enrolled at Michigan, Tom Brady was seventh on the depth chart, and he had an intense struggle to get some playing time.


At one point, Tom Brady hired a sports psychologist to help him cope with frustration and anxiety; he even considered transferring to the University of California, Berkeley to play for the California Golden Bears.


Tom Brady 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.


Tom Brady has helped me with my own personal struggles in both athletics and in life.


Tom Brady's first-ever pass attempt was intercepted by Phillip Ward and returned for a 42-yard touchdown.


Under Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, Tom Brady battled for the starting job with Drew Henson and ultimately started every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons.


Tom Brady was All-Big Ten honorable mention both seasons and was the team captain in his senior year.


Tom Brady 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.


Tom Brady threw the game-winning score on a bootleg play to tight end Shawn Thompson.


Tom 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.


Tom Brady graduated from Michigan in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies.


Tom Brady was a lightly regarded prospect coming out of college, with an unimpressive NFL Scouting Combine performance reinforcing this reputation.


Tom Brady started 381 games in23 seasons, the most for an NFL quarterback.


Tom Brady served as the primary starter in21 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 Tom Brady did not start because of injury.


Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 to a wild card berth, the only time his team did not make the playoffs as a division winner, and NFC South titles the following two seasons.


The winningest quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady won 251 regular season games and35 postseason games for a combined 286 wins.


Tom Brady is the only NFL quarterback to win 200 regular season games and his35 postseason victories are more than twice those of any other quarterback.

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In 2021, Tom Brady became one of four quarterbacks to defeat all32 NFL teams.


Tom Brady has the most Pro Bowl selections in NFL history at15 and was named league MVP three times in 2007,2010, and 2017.


Tom Brady was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2007, making him third NFL player to receive the award, joining Joe Montana.


Tom Brady is the only NFL quarterback to have 600 passing touchdowns in the regular season.


Tom Brady's longevity led to him setting several age records in the NFL.


Tom Brady is the NFL's oldest quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl, be named Super Bowl MVP, win a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback, and be named league MVP.


The dynasty is regarded as one of the greatest in sports history, with Tom Brady's successes helping the Patriots set the records for Super Bowl appearances and wins.


Tom Brady maintained the Patriots' status as perennial postseason contenders throughout his tenure, although they did not win another Super Bowl until a decade after their third.


Tom Brady returned to dominant postseason form in 2014 when he led the Patriots to their fourth title in Super Bowl XLIX.


When Tom Brady signed with Tampa Bay in 2020, the team had not reached the postseason since 2007 and had not won a playoff game since 2002.


Tom Brady's passing yards during the season were a career-high.


One of the NFL's most decorated and accomplished players, Tom Brady is widely cited as the greatest quarterback of all time.


Tom Brady is likewise considered one of NFL's greatest players of all time and one of the greatest athletes in sports history.


Tom Brady was selected with pick number 199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.


Tom 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.


Tom 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".


Tom Brady started the 2000 season as the fourth-string quarterback, behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backups John Friesz and Michael Bishop; by the end of the season, he was number two on the depth chart behind Bledsoe.


Tom Brady finished the game with 33 of 54, for 364 yards and two touchdowns, and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.


The Patriots went on to win eleven of the fourteen games Tom Brady started, and six straight to finish the regular season, winning the AFC East and entering the NFL playoffs with a first-round bye.


Tom Brady finished the game 32-of-52 for 312 passing yards and one interception.

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Tom Brady returned from his knee injury in the AFC Championship Game to start in the Super Bowl a week later at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.


Tom 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, Tom Brady became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, surpassing Joe Namath and Joe Montana.


Tom Brady finished with 3,620 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, and was third in NFL MVP voting to co-winners Peyton Manning and Steve McNair.


Tom Brady threw for 3,692 yards and 28 touchdowns, with a 92.6 passer rating, and was voted to his second Pro Bowl.


Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the win.


Tom Brady had to adjust to new center Russ Hochstein and running back Heath Evans.


Tom Brady finished the season with 4,110 yards and 26 touchdowns, the former of which led the league.


Tom Brady was named to his third Pro Bowl at the end of the season.


Tom Brady threw for 341 yards in the game with one touchdown and two interceptions in the first playoff loss of his career after ten consecutive victories.


Tom Brady finished the regular season with 3,529 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Tom Brady was not among the players initially selected to the Pro Bowl, although he was offered an injury-replacement selection when San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was forced to withdraw.


Tom Brady finished the loss 21 of 34 for 232 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.


Tom Brady attained numerous career, franchise, and NFL records and milestones in the process.


Tom Brady was named as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week five times that year.


Tom Brady had the first game with a perfect passer rating of his career.


Tom Brady finished the season with 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, eight interceptions, and a career-high 117.2 passer rating.


Tom Brady became the first quarterback to pass for 50 touchdowns.


Tom Brady led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the 16-game schedule was implemented in 1978.


Tom Brady directed an offense that scored a then-NFL record 589 points and 75 total touchdowns.

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Tom Brady was honored by the Associated Press as their Male Athlete of the Year, the first time an NFL player earned the honor since Joe Montana won the award in 1990.


Tom Brady was named as a First-Team All-Pro and to his fourth career Pro Bowl as a result of his historic season.


Statistically, Tom Brady did not fare as well in the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers, throwing for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.


In Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants, Tom Brady was pressured heavily and sacked five times.


Tom Brady tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.


Tom Brady received IV antibiotics for this infection which, at the time, threatened to delay his rehab.


On October 18,2009, under blizzard conditions, Tom Brady set an NFL record against the Tennessee Titans for most touchdowns in a quarter, throwing five in the second quarter.


Tom Brady finished the game with six touchdowns, tying his career-high from the 2007 season, and 380 yards, completing 29-of-34 attempts, finishing with a nearly perfect passer rating of 152.8.


Tom Brady finished the 2009 regular season with 4,398 yards passing and 28 touchdowns for a 96.2 rating, despite a broken right ring finger and three fractured ribs, which were suffered over the course of the season.


Tom Brady was selected as a reserve to the 2010 Pro Bowl and named the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.


On September 10,2010, Tom Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.


Tom Brady threw for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions on the season.


Tom Brady was selected as a starter to the 2011 Pro Bowl.


Tom Brady was the only unanimous selection for the AP All-Pro Team and was named the 2010 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year.


Tom Brady finished the game 29-of-45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception which ended his NFL record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception at 340.


Tom Brady would go on to have a statistically successful season, and in the regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills, he became the fourth quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, finishing with 5,235; although Tom Brady surpassed Dan Marino's longstanding record of 5,084 passing yards, he finished the season second in passing yards behind Drew Brees' 5,476.


Tom Brady became the first quarterback to lead his team to ten division titles.


Tom Brady finished the season with 4,827 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, only eight interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.7.


Tom Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time in his career.


Sportswriter Peter King called it an "amazing" deal and noted that it reflected Patriots owner Robert Kraft's desire to make sure that Tom Brady retired as a Patriot.

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Tom Brady was in pursuit of Drew Brees' record of at least one touchdown in 54 consecutive regular season games and saw the streak end at 52 games in a Week 5 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.


In that stretch, Tom Brady had two games with four touchdown passes and one game with five.


Tom Brady clinched his NFL record 12th AFC East division title with a Week 14 win against the San Diego Chargers, later in the season.


Tom Brady was named to his tenth career Pro Bowl and was ranked third by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015 list.


The Patriots tied the game at 28 off of a trick play where Tom Brady passed laterally to Julian Edelman who then threw a 51-yard touchdown to Amendola.


In Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady completed 37-of-50 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.


Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time, tying Montana's record.


Tom Brady's 37 completed passes in the game set a Super Bowl record at the time, which Tom Brady himself would break in Super Bowl LI two years later.


The report concluded that, more likely than not, Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the intentional deflation.


Tom Brady gave permission to the NFLPA to appeal the suspension in federal court, and released a statement on his Facebook page that expressed disappointment in and criticism of Goodell's decision to uphold the suspension.


Tom Brady threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Rob Gronkowski.


In Week 2, Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills.


Tom Brady finished the regular season with a league-leading 36 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.


Tom Brady was named to his 11th Pro Bowl, and was ranked as the second best player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 behind only league MVP Cam Newton.


Tom Brady completed 28 of 42 passes for 302 yards and two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown as he led the team to their fifth consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship.


On February 29,2016, Tom Brady signed a two-year contract extension covering the 2018 and 2019 seasons.


On July 15, Tom Brady announced that he would give up his Deflategate fight and accept his suspension for the first four regular season games of the 2016 season.


On December 20,2016, Tom Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth straight season and 12th time overall.


Tom Brady ended the regular season with 28 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions for the regular season, breaking the previous TD:INT ratio record of Nick Foles's 27:2 figure set in 2013 with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Robert Alford in the second quarter.

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On May 12,2017, Tom Brady was announced as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18.


Tom Brady obtained his 187th career win, setting the record for most regular season wins in NFL history.


At age 40, Tom Brady became the oldest quarterback ever to start all of his team's games in an NFL regular season.


Tom Brady finished the regular season with a league-leading 4,577 passing yards, making him the oldest player ever to lead the league in passing yards.


Tom Brady was named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the third time in his career.


Days after the divisional round, it was revealed that Tom Brady had a minor cut on his right hand, which required stitches.


In Week 6, against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady secured his 200th career regular season win, making him the only quarterback in NFL history to accomplish that feat.


In Week 15, Tom Brady reached 70,000 passing yards, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat.


Tom Brady finished the season completing 375-of-570 passes, 4,355 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.


Tom Brady was ranked sixth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.


Personally Tom Brady passed Peyton Manning for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history, with 541.


Tom Brady was ranked 14th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.


On March 17,2020, the day before his contract with the Patriots expired, Tom Brady announced that he would not re-sign with the team for the 2020 season, ending his 20-year tenure in New England.


Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20,2020.


Head coach Bruce Arians stated that it was Tom Brady who was adamant for the team to trade for Gronkowski.


Tom 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.


Tom Brady later said that playing behind closed doors from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NFL made it easier for him to execute his new team's unfamiliar football playbook.


Tom Brady extended his record of Conference Championship game appearances to 14.


The win gave Tom Brady his record-extending tenth Super Bowl appearance, making Tom Brady the fourth quarterback to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl, joining Craig Morton, Kurt Warner, and Peyton Manning, and the second after Morton to reach the Super Bowl from both conferences.


Tom Brady had led the Buccaneers to become only the seventh Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl and only the fifth to do so by winning three road games.

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Tom 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.


Tom Brady became the second quarterback, joining Peyton Manning, to lead two different teams to Super Bowl wins, but the first to win Super Bowl MVP with two different teams.


Tom Brady was the first quarterback to win the Super Bowl with teams from different conferences.


Tom Brady became the player with the most championships in NFL history and tied Otto Graham for the most league championships in professional football history by a player at seven.


Tom Brady was ranked seventh by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.


On February 11,2021, it was revealed that Tom Brady had knee discomfort through most of the 2020 season and would require a minor arthroscopy for a routine cleanup.


Tom Brady signed a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season with the Buccaneers on March 12,2021.


On July 15, it was revealed that Tom Brady had a torn MCL in the knee that had to undergo surgery, an injury that had plagued him for the entire 2020 season.


Tom Brady broke the record on a 28-yard completion to Mike Evans in the first quarter.


In Week 7, Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to record 600 touchdown passes, with a nine-yard pass to Evans in a win against the Chicago Bears.


In Week 14, Tom Brady surpassed Brees for most all-time pass completions list in NFL history and became the first quarterback to record 700 touchdown passes in regular season and postseason combined with a game-winning in overtime 58-yard pass to Breshad Perriman against the Buffalo Bills.


Tom Brady finished the 2021 season with an NFL record 485 pass completions for a career-high 5,316 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.


Tom Brady became the oldest player in NFL history to pass for at least 5,000 yards and his passing yards total marked the third-most for a single season in NFL history.


Tom Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for the 15th time.


Tom Brady finished the game with 329 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.


Tom Brady announced his retirement on February 1,2022, after 22 seasons.


Tom Brady was ranked first by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2022, his fourth time being ranked first.


On March 13,2022, just 40 days after initially announcing his retirement, Tom Brady announced he would return to the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.


In Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 85,000 career passing yards.


In Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams, Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 100,000 passing yards in his career.


The game-winning drive was the 55th of Tom Brady's career, passing Peyton Manning for the most all-time.


In Week 18 against the Atlanta Falcons, Tom Brady broke his own NFL record for completions in a season, as well as Matthew Stafford's 2012 record for pass attempts in a season.


Tom Brady was pulled in the second quarter to prevent injury, as the Buccaneers had clinched their playoff position the previous week by winning the NFC South.


The loss to the Cowboys marked the first time since 2013 that Tom Brady lost in the playoffs in consecutive seasons.


On February 1,2023, Tom Brady announced on social media he was retiring, "for good".


Tom Brady has been featured as a guest star on several 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 2007, Tom Brady was a model for the Stetson cologne.


On January 20,2016, Tom Brady announced the launch of his peak performance website TB12Sports.


In March 2017, Tom Brady moved beyond his snack line and partnered with meal-kit startup Purple Carrot to offer his line of TB12 Performance Meals.


Also in 2021, Tom Brady, among other high-profile athletes and celebrities, was a paid spokesperson for FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange.


In 2023, it was reported Tom Brady owned 1,144,861 common shares in FTX, and he and his wife lost an estimated combined value of $45 million when FTX went bankrupt.


On May 10,2022, Fox Sports announced that following Tom Brady's playing career, he would join the network as the lead color commentator.


On March 23,2023, Tom Brady purchased a minority stake in the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA from the team's majority owner Mark Davis.


Tom 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.


Tom Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004 until late 2006.


Tom Brady began dating Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen in December 2006.


In 2009, Tom Brady said they had been set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.


Together, they have two children: a son, Benjamin Rein Tom Brady, born in December 2009, and a daughter, Vivian Lake Tom Brady, born in December 2012.


When Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers, he rented a mansion in Tampa, Florida, owned by retired baseball player and former Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter.


Tom Brady told ESPN The Magazine in 2004 that being a US Senator would be his "craziest ambition".


Tom Brady is a friend of former President Donald Trump; in 2017, Tom Brady indicated he had known Trump "for16 years".


Tom Brady did not join the New England Patriots in visiting Trump at the White House in April 2017 after their Super Bowl victory, citing "personal family matters".


Tom Brady explained that Trump used to come to Patriots games and would call him and golf with him occasionally.


However, Tom Brady said that he did not see the benefit of getting involved in an event as polarizing as a presidential election.


Tom Brady reiterated in 2022 that he had not spoken with Trump in "years" and that his relationship with Trump had been mischaracterized by the media.


Tom Brady avoids most fruits, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, coffee, Gatorade, white sugar, flour, gluten, dairy, soda, cereal, white rice, potatoes, and bread.