Time flies when you are having fun.
And it’s amazing to think that New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady turns 36 on Saturday and is preparing for his 14th NFL campaign. In celebration, we present to you 36 snapshots, facts and more as a tribute to the prolific signal-caller.
It has not been the best of offseasons for the franchise. Still, Brady remains at the helm of arguably the league’s premier franchise these days and that means anything is possible.
Of course, not all of the times have been fun. So we will sprinkle in some of the bad and maybe a few ugly moments along the way. To be honest, there is not a lot of either given the magnificence of Brady’s career. And also don’t assume these points are in chronological order.
So while Tom is busy blowing out his 36 candles on Saturday, try not to blow by these moments too fast.
There are a “bunch” of them.
36. With the 199th overall selection in the 2000 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select quarterback Tom Brady, University of Michigan.
35. It was the opening quarter of NFL 2008 when Brady dropped back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. In came safety Bernard Pollard and out went Brady for the remainder of the season.
34. The Patriots entered their showdown in Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants with an 18-0 record in 2007 (regular season and postseason) and had knocked off Tom Coughlin’s team, 38-35, in both teams’ regular-season finale. But none of that mattered and Brady’s 266 yards and one touchdown pass went for naught in a 17-14 upset loss.
33. In a Super Bowl rematch with the Giants, the prolific Patriots’ offense was stifled in a 21-17 loss in Super Bowl XLVI at Indianapolis. Brady threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted once in the four-point loss.
32. The Patriots looked like they were headed back to the Super Bowl in 2006, especially when the team owned a 21-3 second-quarter lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game that year. But Brady’s 232 yards passing and one touchdown pass (one interception) went for naught as New England blew an 18-point lead (biggest ever in a championship game) and lost, 38-34.
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