Tom Brady Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Childhood And Early Life
Tom Brady was born on the 3 August 1977 in San Mateo, California. Tom Brady is the son of Thomas Brady, Sr, and Galynn Patricia Johnson. He has three sisters: Nancy, Julie, and Maureen. Brady’s father is of Irish ancestry, and his mother comes from Norwegian, Polish and Swedish stock. His father’s people arrived in the US during the time of the Great Famine (1845-1852).
Tom Brady was a pupil at Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo, graduating in 1995. During his high school years, he played football, basketball, and baseball. After high school graduation, Brady enrolled at Michigan University where he majored in Organizational Studies. He played college football at the University between 1995 and 1999.
Rise To Stardom
Selected by the NFL’s New England Patriots in the 6th round (199th overall) 2000 draft, the quarterback has won four Super Bowl MVP awards, two NFL MVP awards and five Super Bowls.
In 2001, Tom Brady had an opportunity to prove himself when quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured. Brady showed himself to be a good leader with impressive physical strength. Coach Belichick decided to keep Brady as a quarterback in 2002 and Bledsoe left the team. Tom Brady then became a permanent member.
The team’s record that season was: 11 wins - 3 losses in the fourteen games that Brady started. They went on to beat the Rams at the Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady received his first MVP Award that year.
The Patriots had a second Super Bowl win in 2003, beating the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl XXXVIII (Brady won his second MVP Award). Then in 2004, the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl IX.
The Patriots resigned Brady to a six-year contract in 2005.
In 2006, their record was 12 win: 4 losses. The Patriots won all their games in 2007, apart from the Super Bowl XLII where the New York Giants beat them 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona on the 3 January 2008. Brady injured his knee in the first game of the new season in 2008 and missed the rest of the season. He went on to have surgery and required physiotherapy and other medical treatment. There was some speculation that his career was over.
Tom Brady signed a new contract with the Patriots in 2010. In 2011, he returned to form, and the Patriots faced the New York Giants at Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants won 21-17.
The Patriots record was 12-4-0, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. For the second season in a row, they were the AFC’s second seed. In 2015, Brady returned from a four-game suspension, and the Patriots secured a place against the Atlanta Falcons and went on to win Super Bowl 34-28.
In 2016, Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time leader in wins by a quarterback. To date, he has played 264 games and had 201 wins. (NFL News December 2016)
Awards And Achievements
The Patriots victory against Atlanta at Super Bowl LI was historic. Tom Brady became the first quarterback in the history of the game to be awarded five Super Bowl rings. He had previously held the record, along with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, for four. Brady was also given his fourth MVP Award. He was playing in his seventh Super Bowl, an NFL record.
Many consider Tom Brady one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.
Personal Life and Legacy
Tom Brady’s former partner was actress and model Bridget Moynahan. The couple split up in late 2006. In 2007 Moynahan announced that she was pregnant with Tom Brady’s child. She gave birth to a son, John Edward Thomas on the 22 August 2007.
Tom Brady married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen on the 26 February 2009. The couple has two children Benjamin and Vivian.
Tom Brady comes from a Roman-Catholic family of Irish descent.
Tom Brady was suspended in 2015. His suspension was because of charges that he was aware of the illegal deflation of footballs before a game in 2015. Tom Brady appealed against the suspension and this to protracted legal action. The suspension was overturned but quickly reinstated. He was suspended for the first four games of 2016.