As news of Tom Brady’s apparent retirement began circulating throughout the sports universe, a deluge of reminiscence and career milestones became the focus.
Many great tidbits, stats, and testimonials flooded social media.
To honor Tom Brady’s retirement, the 10 craziest Brady stats:— Tim Urban (@waitbutwhy) January 29, 2022
1. In his 20 seasons, he racked up by far the most regular season wins by a QB, going 243-73 overall.
He played the most games of any QB (316) AND had the highest win percentage (76.9%) of any QB with 100+ starts. pic.twitter.com/zOqnUyUnum
At this writing, it’s still not in concrete that Brady will hang ’em up. Nonetheless, in honor of the GOAT and his potential exit, let’s do a quick refresher of the 2000 NFL Draft where it all began.
The Single Greatest Draft Pick of All-Time
The year 2000 NFL Draft wasn’t a stellar one, but it had some familiar names at the top such as LaVar Arrington, Plaxico Burress, Jamal Lewis, John Abraham, Chris Samuels and of course, HOFer Brian Urlacher.
If you’re looking for Tom Brady, he wasn’t on the top floor.
The man who would later become the legend known as TB12, was six floors below waiting for his name to be announced.
Brady had chops that caught ESPN Draft dude Mel Kiper’s eye, but check out a couple interesting Kiper takes:
“At the pro level, his lack of mobility could surface as a problem, and it will be interesting to see how he fares when forced to take more chances down the field.”
“Sure, he doesn’t have the total package of skills, but you have to be impressed with his level of performance this past season…”
Overall, Mel had some solid feedback on Brady’s skillset:
“He’s a straight dropback passer who stands tall in the pocket, doesn’t show nervous feet, and does a nice job working through his progressions. He’s not going to try to force the action, rarely trying to perform beyond his capability.”
“He’s accurate, throws a very catchable ball, and also knows when to take a little off the pass.”
On April 16th, 2000 — In what would unkno wingly become the most prolific draft pick in NFL history, the New England Patriots called Tom Brady’s name in the 6th Rd, as the 199th overall selection.
In what was Bill Belichick’s first draft as Head Coach, there wasn’t much buzz around the Brady selection. The Pat’s did have veteran QB Drew Bledsoe at the helm, but he was coming off an 8-8 season with 19 TDs and 21 INTs. Belichick saw value in Brady and decided to take the plunge:
“Brady is a guy that has obviously played at a high level of competition in front of a lot of people, and he’s been in a lot of pressure situations. We felt that this year his decision-making was improved from his junior year after he took over for Brian Griese. He cut his interceptions down. He’s a good, tough, competitive, smart quarterback that is a good value, and how he does and what he’ll be able to do, we’ll just put him out there with everybody else and let him compete, and we’ll see what happens.” (courtesy Boston Globe’s Christopher Price)
Coach made a great call that day, and why not: April 16th is also Bill Belichick’s birthday. A marriage that led to 6 Super Bowl titles was now a thing. Needless to say, Bill has had many a happy birthday celebration since.
QB’s Selected Before Brady
We can’t close without taking a gander at the six quarterbacks chosen before ‘Tom Terrific’. Buckle up – here they are:
Marc Bulger went on to have a notable NFL career throwing for over 22k yards and was a 2-time Pro Bowler. But, who could have possibly known that Thomas Edward Patrick Brady was just a year away from taking over for an injured Drew Bledsoe, winning the AFC East title with an 11-5 record, and sweeping the playoffs with an upset victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the favored St. Louis Rams.
We still haven’t gotten confirmation from Tom himself that it’s truly over (#1MoreYear PLEASE), but if it is, what a helluva ride it’s been.
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| Title: With Tom Brady Contemplating Retirement, a Look Back at the 2000 NFL Draft
| Author: Steven Miller
| Date: Feb 1, 2022