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Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom"
Brady, Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for
the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). After
playing college football at Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots
in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
In Brady's ten seasons as a
starter, the Patriots have earned trips to the Super Bowl in half of them
(XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII, and XLVI), winning three of them (XXXVI, XXXVIII,
and XXXIX). He has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards (XXXVI and XXXVIII), has
been selected to seven Pro Bowls (and invited to eight, although he declined the
2006 invitation), and holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single
regular season. His career postseason record is 16–5. He also helped set the
record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight
wins over two seasons (2003–04), and in 2007 he led the Patriots to the first
undefeated regular season since the institution of the 16-game schedule. Brady
has the fourth-highest career passer rating of all time (96.4) among
quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career passing attempts.
Brady and Joe Montana are the only
two players in NFL history to win the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Super
Bowl MVP awards multiple times (2 NFL MVPs, 2 Super Bowl MVPs). Brady and John
Elway are the only two quarterbacks to lead their teams to five Super Bowls. In
2005, he was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, and was named
"Sportsman of the Year" by The Sporting News in 2004 and 2007. He was also
named the NFL MVP in 2007 and 2010 (becoming the first player to be unanimously
chosen as MVP in the 2010 season) as well as 2007 Male Athlete of the Year by
the Associated Press, the first time an NFL player has been honored since Joe
Montana won in 1990.
Brady holds numerous regular season
and postseason records, including: most touchdown passes in a regular season
(50); highest touchdown-to-interception ratio in a single season (9:1); highest
single-game completion percentage, regular season or postseason (26/28, 92.9%);
most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (358); most consecutive
regular-season home wins (31); highest winning percentage of any quarterback
during his first 100 starts (76 wins); most completions in one Super Bowl (32);
longest streak of games with 3 or more touchdown passes (10 games); and most
career completions in Super Bowl history (100), most touchdown passes in a
quarter (5); most touchdown passes in a half of a playoff game (5), and most
touchdown passes in a playoff game (6, tied). Brady is the fourth-fastest player
to reach 200 career passing touchdowns (he did so in 116 games), and the first
ever to reach this mark before throwing 100 career interceptions (he had 88).
He and Bill Belichick have also
combined to form one of the greatest quarterback-coach tandems in NFL history,
winning 124 regular season games and 16 postseason games together, as well as
appearing in five Super Bowls together, all NFL records. Considering his many
achievements, and his late draft selection (6th round, 199th selection), many
analysts, including those at the NFL Network, have called Brady the best NFL
draft pick (or draft steal) of all time, as well as one of the greatest
quarterbacks of all time. Before the 2011 season, his fellow players
voted him the best player in the NFL.
No. 12 New England Patriots
Date of birth: August 3, 1977 (age
Place of birth: San Mateo,
High School: Junípero Serra
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick:
Debuted in 2000 for the New England
New England Patriots (2000–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
7× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005,
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
2× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010)
1× Second-team All-Pro (2005)
3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI,
2× Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII)
5× AFC Champion (2001, 2003, 2004,
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of
the Year (2005)
Sporting News Sportsman of the
Year (2004, 2007)
AP Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
2× AP NFL MVP (2007, 2010)
2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the
Year (2007, 2010)
3× AFC Offensive Player of the
Year (2007, 2010, 2011)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year
New England Patriots All-time
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
List of his accomplishments
Career NFL statistics as of Week
Pass attempts 5,321
Pass completions 3,397
Passing yards 39,979
QB Rating 96.4
Brady was born near San Francisco
in San Mateo, California to Tom Sr. and Galynn. He was raised in a Irish
American Catholic family of exceptionally gifted athletes. Brady
regularly attended 49ers games in the 1980s, where he became a fan of
quarterback Joe Montana; since then, Brady has mentioned Montana as one of his
inspirations and an idol. One of the games Brady attended was the 1981 NFC
Championship, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark, with Brady only
being four-years-old at the time.
Brady graduated from Junípero Serra
High School in San Mateo, California.
Brady was also drafted as a catcher
in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos.
Brady played college football for,
and graduated from, the University of Michigan. He was a backup his
first two years, while teammate and future NFL quarterback Brian Griese led the
Wolverines to a share of the national championship in 1997 in the Rose Bowl.
When he enrolled at Michigan, Brady was seventh on the depth chart and 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 and even considered
transferring to Cal. Brady battled for the starting job with Drew
Henson, ultimately starting every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons under
Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr. During his first full year as starter, he set
Michigan records for most pass attempts and completions in a season (214).
Brady was All-Big Ten (honorable mention) both seasons and team captain his
senior year. The Wolverines won 20 of 25 games when he started and shared the
Big Ten Conference title in 1998. Brady capped that season with a win over
Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl. In the 1999 season, Brady led Michigan to an
overtime win in the Orange Bowl over Alabama, throwing for 369 yards and four
Brady was selected with pick #199,
a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. 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. Ironically,
even though the Patriots drafted a future superstar in the next to last round,
the class of 2000 was a mediocre vintage for quarterbacks. Brady, Chad
Pennington and Marc Bulger were the only ones to see success at the NFL level.
The Patriots made the unusual
decision to carry four quarterbacks (instead of three) on the roster. 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-of-3
passing, for six yards.
The Patriots opened the season with
a 23–17 loss at Cincinnati, with Bledsoe as the starting quarterback. Their
second game, and home opener, on September 23, was against their AFC East rival,
the New York Jets. Bledsoe was again the starter, when in the fourth quarter he
suffered internal bleeding after a hit from Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. Bledsoe
returned for the next series, but was replaced with Brady for the Patriots'
final series of the game. New York would hold on to win, 10–3, and the Patriots
fell to 0–2 on the season.
Brady was named the starter for the
season's third game, against the Indianapolis Colts. In his first two games as
starter, Brady posted unspectacular passer ratings of 79.6 and 58.7,
respectively, in a 44–13 victory over the Colts (in their last season in the AFC
East) and a 30–10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
In the Pats' fifth game, Brady
began to find his stride. Trailing the visiting San Diego Chargers 26–16 in the
fourth quarter, Brady led the Patriots on two scoring drives to force overtime,
and another in overtime to set up a winning field goal. Brady finished the game
with 33 pass completions on 54 attempts, for 364 yards, and two touchdowns.
The following week, Brady again played well during the rematch at Indianapolis,
with a passer rating of 148.3 in a 38–17 win. The Patriots went on to win 11
of the 14 games Brady started, and six straight to finish the regular season,
winning the AFC East and entering the playoffs with a first-round bye. Brady
finished with 2,843 passing yards and 18 touchdowns and earned an invitation to
the Pro Bowl.
In Brady's first playoff game,
against the Oakland Raiders, he threw for 312 yards and led the Patriots back
from a ten-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game to overtime, where they
won on an Adam Vinatieri field goal. A controversial play in that game came
when, trailing by three in the fourth quarter, Brady lost control of the ball
after being hit by fellow Wolverine Charles Woodson. Oakland initially recovered
the ball, but, citing the "tuck rule," which states that any forward throwing
motion by a quarterback begins a pass even if the quarterback loses possession
of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body, referee Walt
Coleman overturned the call on instant replay, ruling it an incomplete pass
rather than a fumble.
In the AFC Championship Game
against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brady injured his knee, and was relieved by
Bledsoe. The Patriots won the game and were immediately instituted by Las Vegas
oddsmakers as 14-point underdogs against the NFC champion St. Louis Rams in
Super Bowl XXXVI.
The score was tied with 1:21 left
in the Super Bowl and the Patriots were at their own 15—with no timeouts—when
sportscaster and Super Bowl-winning coach John Madden said he thought 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 before spiking
the ball with seven seconds left. The Patriots won the game on another Adam
Vinatieri field goal as time expired. Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI
while throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, becoming the
then-youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl.
Brady and the Patriots finished the
year at 9–7, tied with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins for the best record
in the division; however, the Jets won the division on the third tiebreaker, and
the Patriots missed the playoffs.
Although posting a career-low
single-season rating of 85.7, Brady threw for a league-leading 28 touchdown
passes and 921 more yards than in 2001, though his fourteen interceptions would
turn out to be a career high. However, Brady played much of the second half
of the season with a shoulder injury, and New England head coach Bill Belichick
has since indicated that if the Patriots had made the playoffs, Brady would not
have been able to play in the first game due to that injury.
In the 2003 NFL season, after a 2–2
start, Brady led the Patriots to twelve consecutive victories to finish the
season, thus winning the AFC East. Statistically, Brady's strongest game of the
season was against Buffalo, when he achieved a season-high quarterback rating of
122.9. Brady finished with 3,620 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, and was
second in NFL MVP voting to rival Peyton Manning and Steve McNair. In the first
two rounds of the playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans and
Indianapolis Colts. On February 1, 2004, Brady led the Patriots to a 32–29
victory over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII 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 QB in a
Super Bowl (32). With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 29–29,
Brady engineered a drive to put the Patriots in position for the game-winning
During the 2004 season, Brady
helped the Patriots set an NFL record with 21 straight wins dating from the
previous year, an accomplishment honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
(though for official records, the NFL considers it an 18-game regular season
winning streak; it does not count playoff games). New England's 14–2 record
equalled that of their 2003 season, as well as the best regular-season record
ever for a defending champion. The Patriots also won the AFC East divisional
title for the third time in four years. Brady threw for 3,692 yards and 28
touchdowns, with a 92.6 passer rating, and was voted to his second Pro Bowl. In
the AFC playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to victories over the Indianapolis
Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady played his best game of the year in
Pittsburgh despite requiring intravenous treatment the previous night when he
ran a temperature of 103 degrees. Against the NFL's best defensive team, Brady
recorded a quarterback passer rating of 130.5, his highest of the season. On
February 6, 2005, the Brady-led Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to win
Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, most of which
went to Deion Branch, while capturing the Patriots' third championship in four
During the 2005 season, the
Patriots were forced to rely more on Brady's passing, due to injuries suffered
by running backs Corey Dillon, Patrick Pass, and Kevin Faulk. Brady also had to
adjust to a new center and a new running back: Heath Evans. The results were
positive; Brady finished first in the league with 4,110 passing yards and third
in the league with 26 touchdowns. At 92.3, his 2005 passer rating was the
second-highest of his career at the time, although he equalled his career high
for interceptions with fourteen. He also rushed for 89 yards and fumbled a
career-low four times. Brady and the Patriots finished with a 10–6 record,
winning their third straight AFC East title. Some of the highlights of the
season included another game with the Steelers, in which Brady helped lead the
team on the game-winning drive. When the Patriots visited the Atlanta Falcons,
Brady achieved a regular season-high rating of 140.3.
In the playoffs, Brady led the
Patriots to a 28–3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild card round;
however, on January 14, 2006, the Patriots lost 27–13 to the Denver Broncos at
INVESCO Field. Brady threw for 346 yards in the game with one touchdown and two
interceptions, in the first playoff loss of his career. After the season's end,
it was revealed that Brady had been playing with a sports hernia since December.
Linebacker Willie McGinest commented on it and said he knew, but Brady continued
on playing. This is the main reason Brady did not go to the Pro Bowl when he was
Despite not playing in the game,
Brady was present at Super Bowl XL, as the official coin tosser and as part of a
celebration of Super Bowl MVP Award winners.
Brady led the Patriots to a 12–4
record and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs despite having an almost
completely new receiving corps. In the regular season, Brady threw for 3,529
yards and 24 touchdowns. He was not among the players initially selected to the
Pro Bowl, although he was offered an injury-replacement selection when
Philip Rivers was forced to withdraw (which he declined).
In the postseason, the Patriots
first hosted their division rivals, the New York Jets, in the wild-card round.
The Patriots defeated the Jets 37–16, as Brady went 22–34 for 212 yards and two
TDs. In the divisional round, the Patriots traveled to San Diego to take on the
Chargers. This was Brady's first playoff game in his home state of California.
Brady and the Patriots struggled against the Chargers, whom many had picked as
favorites to win Super Bowl XLI. With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter
and the Patriots down by eight points, Brady and the Patriots started a key
drive that would ultimately decide the game. After a 49-yard pass play to Reche
Caldwell, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal gave the Patriots a 24–21 win.
In the AFC championship, the
Patriots faced the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots and Colts had faced each
other twice in the previous three postseasons at Foxboro; this game, however,
was played at Indianapolis. The Patriots led at halftime, 21–6; however, the
Colts staged a comeback, resulting in a last minute interception thrown by
Brady, and a Patriots loss.
Playing with a dramatically
overhauled receiver corps—in the 2007 offseason, the Patriots acquired wide
receivers Donté Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington and Randy Moss; tight
end Kyle Brady; and running back Sammy Morris—Brady enjoyed what some sports
writers have described as the best season ever by a quarterback. Brady,
along with Moss, decided to withdraw from the 2008 Pro Bowl. The average score
of a 2007 Patriots regular season game would be 37–17 by the end of the
year. Brady not only led the Patriots to a 16–0 record, outscoring opponents
by more than a 2-to-1 margin, but attained numerous career, franchise, and NFL
records and milestones:
Week 6: Visiting Dallas, he had a
career-high five passing touchdowns in a 48–27 win. The win tied him with Roger
Staubach for the most wins ever by a starting quarterback in his first 100
regular-season games, with 76.
Week 7: In a 49–28 win at Miami,
he had yet another record day, with six passing touchdowns, setting a franchise
record. He also had the first perfect passer rating of his career.
Week 8: In a 52–7 rout at home
against Washington, he threw three touchdowns, giving him a career-best 30 for
the season; his previous best was 28—in an entire season—in 2002 and 2004. The
win also gave Brady a victory over every NFL franchise except New England.
Week 9: In a come-from-behind
24–20 victory at Indianapolis, he threw for another three touchdowns, for a
total of 33 on the season; his 32nd touchdown of the season, to Wes Welker,
broke Babe Parilli's Patriots record of 31 touchdowns in a season—in five fewer
games. It was also the ninth consecutive game in which he had thrown three or
more touchdowns, breaking Peyton Manning's NFL record of eight.
Week 11: Following the Patriots'
bye week, Brady threw for another five touchdown passes in a 56–10 rout of
Buffalo, breaking Steve Grogan's franchise record for career touchdown passes
Week 12: In a 31–28 win over
Philadelphia, he only threw for a single touchdown, ending his streak of
three-touchdown games at ten, but reached 25,000 regular-season passing yards.
Week 13: In another
come-from-behind win, a 27–24 win against the Baltimore Ravens, he became the
fourth quarterback—after Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, and Dan Marino (who did it
twice)—to throw 40 touchdown passes in a season.
Week 14: In a 34–13 victory
against Pittsburgh, he threw four touchdowns, putting him third all-time for
touchdown passes in a single season with 45, behind Peyton Manning in 2004 and
Marino in 1984. It was his eleventh game with at least three touchdown passes,
beating Marino's 1984 record of ten. He also reached the 4,000 yards passing
mark for the second time in his career.
Week 15: Brady, making his 108th
consecutive regular-season start at quarterback, surpassed Joe Ferguson for the
fourth-longest streak in NFL history, after Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Ron
Week 16: Brady's third touchdown
of the day was the Patriots' 71st total touchdown of the season, breaking the
NFL record of 70 set by the Miami Dolphins in 1984. This was his twelfth game of
the season with three or more touchdown passes, extending his own NFL record.
This was also the Patriots', and Brady's, 18th consecutive regular-season win,
tying the NFL record they set in 2003 and 2004.
Week 17: Brady threw two touchdown
passes; his second touchdown was his 50th, breaking Peyton Manning's 2004 record
of 49. The pass was also Randy Moss' 23rd touchdown catch of the season,
breaking Jerry Rice's record of 22 in a season. The win finished off the first
16–0 season in NFL history, and was the Patriots' 19th consecutive regular
season win, breaking their own 2003–2004 league record of 18. Brady finished
398/578 for 4,806 yards (#3 all-time) and 50 touchdowns (#1 all time) versus
only eight interceptions, and a 117.2 passer rating (#2 all-time). His 398
completions were fifth all-time. Brady was named the NFL MVP for this season, as
well as Offensive Player of the Year.
In the Patriots' first playoff
game, an AFC Divisional game against Jacksonville, Brady began the game with an
NFL postseason record sixteen consecutive completed passes, and finished the
game with 26 completions in 28 attempts, a completion rate of 92.9%. That mark
is the highest single-game completion percentage (for passers with at least 20
attempts) in NFL history, regular season or postseason. With the win, the
Patriots matched the Dolphins as the only team to win 17 consecutive games in
Statistically, Brady did not fare
as well in the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers, throwing
three interceptions (including his first interception in the red zone since the
playoff loss to Denver). Nevertheless, the Patriots won their 18th game of the
season, 21–12, to advance to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven
seasons. Brady, with the 100th win of his career, also set an NFL record for the
fewest games needed by a starting quarterback to do so: his 100–26 record is
sixteen games better than Joe Montana's. In Super Bowl XLII, Brady was
pressured heavily and sacked five times. The Patriots did manage to take the
lead with a Brady touchdown to Moss with less than three minutes remaining in
the fourth quarter, but the Giants were able to score a last-minute touchdown to
upset the Patriots 17–14.
Brady won numerous NFL awards
during the season: he was voted FedEx Express NFL Player of the Week (an award
for quarterbacks) four times (in Weeks 6, 7, 11, and 17), selected as AFC
Offensive Player of the Week five times (in Weeks 3, 6, 7, 14, and 17), and AFC
Offensive Player of the Month for both September and October. On 2008-01-05,
Brady was named the NFL MVP, garnering a record-tying 49 of 50 possible votes
(the other vote went to Brett Favre), making him the first Patriot to ever win
the award. He was also named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2010.
Brady did not play in any games
during the 2008 preseason due to a right foot injury from the previous AFC
Championship game. In the Patriots' 2008 season opener against the Kansas
City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium, Brady's left knee was seriously injured midway
through the first quarter on a hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard; he left the
game and did not return. The team later confirmed that Brady would need surgery,
and that he had been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the
season. It is believed he tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and his
medial collateral ligament. The injury ended Brady's streak of 111
consecutive starts (fourth in the list of most consecutive starts by an NFL
quarterback, behind Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Ron Jaworski). Dr. Neal
ElAttrache performed the anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction at the Los
Angeles Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic October 6, using Brady's patellar tendon
graft to replace the torn ligament, and also repaired his medial collateral
ligament, through a separate incision in his left knee. An infection in the
wound resulted in further debridement surgery several times since the original
procedure. Brady received IV antibiotics for this infection which, at the time,
threatened to delay his rehab.
In his first official game back
from injury, Brady threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns in the 2009 season
opener against the Buffalo Bills. In the final minutes of the game, the Patriots
were down 24–13 before Brady and Benjamin Watson connected on two straight
touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 25–24 win. Brady was named the AFC
Offensive Player of the Week for the 13th time in his career for his
On October 18, 2009, in an early
season snowstorm, Brady set an NFL record against the Tennessee Titans for most
touchdowns in a single quarter, throwing five (two to Moss, one to Faulk, and
two to Welker) in the second quarter. Brady finished the game with six
touchdowns, tying his career best, and 380 yards, completing 29 of 34 attempts,
finishing with a nearly perfect passer rating of 152.8. The Patriots' 59–0
victory over the Titans tied the record for the largest margin of victory since
the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and set a record for largest halftime lead in NFL
history (they led 45–0). He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week again for
his performance. In Week 16, Brady set a Patriots regular season record with an
88.5% completion percentage against the Jacksonville Jaguars; he was named AFC
Offensive Player of the Week after the game.
Brady would finish 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, all which were suffered over
the course of the season. He was selected as a reserve to the 2010 Pro Bowl
and named the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Brady ended the 2009 season
throwing 3 interceptions in a Wild Card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens,
33–14, his first career home playoff loss, and the first playoff loss at home by
a New England Patriots quarterback since 1978.
season – Second MVP
On September 10, 2010, Brady signed
a four-year, $72 million contract extension making him the highest-paid player
in the NFL. The extension includes $48.5 million in guaranteed money and will
likely keep Brady with the Patriots through the 2014 NFL season. The news of
the contract occurred on the same day Brady escaped uninjured from a 6:30 a.m.
car accident with what the Boston Herald called, "a road scofflaw".
Brady became the quickest to
achieve 100 regular season wins by helping his team defeat the Miami Dolphins
41–14 on October 4, 2010.
On November 21, 2010, Brady tied
Brett Favre's record of winning 25 consecutive regular-season home starts, in a
31–28 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Brady's last regular-season loss at
home was on November 12, 2006, a 17–14 loss to the New York Jets. On
December 6, 2010, Brady set an NFL record by winning 26 consecutive
regular-season home starts, in a 45–3 victory over the New York Jets.
On December 19, 2010, in a 31–27
home win over the Green Bay Packers, Brady had his seventh straight
two-touchdown game without an interception, surpassing Don Meredith's NFL record
of six such games. The next week in a 34–3 road win over the Buffalo Bills,
Brady surpassed Bernie Kosar's 1990–1991 record of 308 consecutive pass attempts
without an interception.
Brady threw for 3,900 yards with 36
touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season. He had an 111.0 passer
rating, giving him, at the time, two of the top five season ratings in NFL
history, and making him the first player to finish with a rating above 110
in two different seasons. Brady's 9:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (36:4)
would break his own 2007 single-season record of 6.25:1, which he set in 2007,
and make him the first qualifying quarterback to have had at least a 6:1
touchdown-to-interception ratio in two different seasons.
Brady was selected as a starter to
the 2011 Pro Bowl. However, he pulled out of the game (and was replaced by
former backup Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs) after undergoing surgery
for a stress fracture in his right foot dating back to 2008. Brady was also
the only unanimous selection for the AP All-Pro Team and was named the 2010
Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He also achieved by unanimous
decision the MVP award for the second time in his career.
In Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season,
Brady threw for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns, with one interception, against the
Miami Dolphins, the second time he had thrown for 400 or more yards in a single
game. It was the most ever by a Patriots quarterback in a single game (the
previous record was Drew Bledsoe's 426 yards against Minnesota in 1994), and the
fifth-highest total in NFL history, after Norm Van Brocklin, Warren Moon, Boomer
Esiason (in an overtime game), and Dan Marino; Brady's performance was also the
first 500-yard. four-touchdown performance since Y. A. Tittle in 1962. Moreover,
Brady and Miami quarterback Chad Henne combined for an NFL-record 933 passing
yards, including a Monday Night Football record for Brady. Brady's
interception ended his regular-season streak of pass attempts without an
interception at 358; Brady also became the 12th quarterback to complete a
99–yard pass play, to Wes Welker. Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the
Week for his effort.
In Week 2, against the San Diego
Chargers, Brady again threw for over 400 yards, completing 31 of 40 passes for
423 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions, all to second-year tight ends Rob
Gronkowski (two) and Aaron Hernandez (one). Brady thus became the seventh
quarterback in NFL history to pass for 400 or more yards in consecutive weeks,
and the second Patriots quarterback to do so (Matt Cassel was the first, in
2008); the sixth quarterback to accomplish the feat, Carolina Panthers rookie
quarterback Cam Newton, did so earlier on the same day that Brady did. Brady was
again named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, making him the first player in 28
years to win that award in Week 1 and Week 2 of the same season. It also
marked the first time a player followed a 500-yard passing game with a 400-yard
In Week 4, against the Oakland
Raiders in Oakland, Brady tied Peyton Manning's record of 13 consecutive
regular-season games with at least two touchdowns, and moved into ninth place,
past his childhood idol Joe Montana, on the list of most touchdown passes, with
In Week 15, Brady became only the
second quarterback in NFL history with consecutive seasons with at least 35
passing touchdowns (after Brett Favre did it in 1995, 1996, and 1997), and the
seventh with multiple seasons with at least 4,500 pass yards (after Dan Fouts,
Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees). The next
week, Brady became the first quarterback with three seasons of 36 or more
In the regular season finale
against the Buffalo Bills, Brady became the fourth quarterback to throw for
5,000 yards in a single season, finishing with 5,235; it surpassed Dan Marino's
longstanding record of 5,084 passing yards, but finished the season second
behind Drew Brees' 5,476.
In the Patriots' 45–10 rout of the
Denver Broncos in the Divisional round, Brady set a personal postseason best
with 363 passing yards, and tied an NFL record shared by Daryle Lamonica and
Steve Young, throwing for 6 touchdown passes (he also had 1 interception). The
win, his first postseason win since January 2008, gave Brady and Patriots head
coach Bill Belichick sole possession of the NFL record for postseason wins by a
QB-coach combo with 15.
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 her and
Brady's child. Brady and Moynahan ended their relationship sometime in
early December 2006, around the time Moynahan became pregnant. Brady was
present when the baby, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, was born on August 22,
2007 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica. The baby has Brady's
first and middle names as middle names, though in reverse order (Moynahan's
father's first name is Edward, however).
Brady married Brazilian supermodel
Gisele Bündchen on February 26, 2009 in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Santa
Monica, California. On June 19, 2009, reports surfaced that Bündchen was
pregnant. On September 11, 2009, Brady confirmed to ESPN that they were
indeed expecting, and that Bündchen was due in December 2009. On December 8,
2009, Bündchen gave birth to the couple's first child together, a son. On
December 18, 2009, Bündchen posted a message on her website indicating that
their son's name is Benjamin. In the April 2010 issue of Vogue magazine,
Bündchen confirmed that his name is Benjamin Rein Brady and that his middle name
is a shortened version of her father's name Reinoldo. They christened their
6-month-old son Benjamin in Santa Monica on June 22, 2010.
Two paparazzi photographers claim
they were shot at by security guards after Brady and Bundchen renewed their
wedding vows in Costa Rica on April 5, 2009. Photographs appeared in the Boston
Herald of the shattered rear window of a vehicle belonging to one of these two
paparazzi. The photographers, Yuri Cortez and Rolando Aviles, filed a
lawsuit in New York against Brady and Bündchen seeking over $1 million in
damages over the incident.
Fewest starts to achieve 100
regular-season wins as a starter (131 starts)
Most wins with one head coach
(124, Bill Belichick).
Most consecutive wins, postseason:
10 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Most consecutive wins, regular
season and postseason: 21 (2003–2004)
Most consecutive wins in
regular-season home games: 31 (2006–2011)
Most seasons finishing 8–0 at
home: 5 (2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010)
Only quarterback to start and win
3 Super Bowls before his 28th birthday
Most passing touchdowns, regular
season: 50 (2007)
Most passing touchdowns, regular
season and postseason combined: 56 (2007)
Most touchdown passes, month: 20
Most passing touchdowns, quarter:
5 (second quarter vs. Tennessee, October 18, 2009)
Largest touchdown to interception
differential: +42 (2007)
Highest touchdown to interception
ratio, season: 9.0 to 1 (36 TD/4 INT, 2010)
pass–interception ratio, career: 2.52-1 (260 TD/103 INT)
Most games with 3+ touchdown
passes, regular season: 12 (2007)
Most consecutive games with 5+
touchdown passes: 2 (2007) (tied with Daunte Culpepper)
Most consecutive games with 3+
touchdown passes: 10 (2007)
Most consecutive games with 2+
touchdown passes: 13 (tied with Peyton Manning)
Most consecutive games with 2+
touchdown passes and no interceptions: 9 (2010, October 24 – 2011, September 12)
Most games with 1 touchdown pass
and no interceptions, season: 14 (2010)
Most games with 2 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, season: 11 (2010)
Most games with 3 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, season: 8 (2007)
Most games with 4 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, season: 5 (2007)
Most games with 4 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, career: 12 – tied with Brett Favre
Most games with 5 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, season: 3 (2007)
Most games with 5 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, career: 4 – tied with Peyton Manning
Most games with 6 touchdown passes
and no interceptions, career 2 – tied with Peyton Manning
Highest single-game completion
percentage, postseason: 92.9% (vs. Jacksonville, January 12, 2008)
Most completions in a Super Bowl:
32 - tied with Drew Brees (XXXVIII)
Most career Super Bowl
completions: 100 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII)
ratio, season: 81.0-1 (324-4) (minimum 150 completions), 2010
Most games with 20 completions and
no interceptions, season: 10 (2007)
Most games with 30 completions and
no interceptions, career: 9 – tied with Drew Brees
Most games with 30 completions and
no interceptions, season: 5 (2007)
Most games with 50 pass attempts
and no interceptions, career: 3
Largest passing yards–interception
ratio, career: 337.3-1 (34,744-103) (minimum 20,000 passing yards)
Largest passing yards–interception
ratio, season: 975.0-1 (3,900-4) (minimum 2,000 passing yards), 2010
Most games with 300 yards passing
and no interceptions, season: 8 (2007)
Interception-free streaks and
Most consecutive pass attempts to
start a career without an interception: 162 (2000–2001)
Most consecutive pass attempts
without an interception, regular season: 358 (2010, October 24 – 2011, September
percentage (interceptions per attempt), career: 2.19% (Aaron Rodgers ranks first
@ 1.99%; Neil O'Donnell is second @ 2.11%)
Excluding the list of NFL records
Highest single-game quarterback
rating: 158.3 (at Miami, October 21, 2007 and at Detroit, November 25, 2010)
Highest single-season quarterback
rating: 117.2 (2007) 3rd highest all-time
Most passing touchdowns, game: 6
(at Miami, October 21, 2007 and vs. Tennessee, October 18, 2009)
Most passing yards, game: 517 (at
Miami, September 12, 2011)
Most passing yards, season: 5,235
(2011) 2nd highest all-time
Lowest interception total, season
(minimum 2 starts): 4 (2010)
Most consecutive games with 1+
touchdown passes: 29 (2010–present) 5th all-time
Most consecutive uninterrupted
games with 1+ touchdown passes: 29 (2010–present) 2nd all-time
Most consecutive playoff games
with 1+ touchdown passes: 17 (2002–present) 2nd all-time
win streak statistics (including post-season)
690 passes attempted
412 passes completed
4,953 passing yards
34 passing touchdowns
13 passes intercepted
20.29 passing attempts per
53.07 passing attempts per
59.71 completion rate
90.3 passer rating
124–35 (.780) (regular season),
138–40 (.775) (career) as a starter
8–1 (career) in overtime games
37–7 (career) vs. NFC teams
33 game-winning drives after a
Patriots' fourth-quarter tie or deficit
Post-season records and statistics
NFL record for most consecutive
wins in post season: 10 (broke record of Green Bay's Bart Starr).
Most consecutive post season wins
(college and professional combined): 12
3 Super Bowl victories
2 Super Bowl MVP awards
Most completions in a Super Bowl
(32 in Super Bowl XXXVIII)
Most career Super Bowl completions
(100 in four games)
Highest completion percentage in a
single game, minimum 20 attempts (26 of 28, 92.9%, against Jacksonville in 2007
AFC Divisional round)
Most touchdowns passes in a
playoff game(tied with Steve Young & Daryle Lamonica): 6, January 14, 2012
Most touchdowns passes in a
playoff game half: 5, January 14, 2012
List of NFL quarterbacks who have
posted a perfect passer rating
List of NFL quarterbacks who have
passed for 400 or more yards in a game
Lists of Michigan Wolverines
football passing leaders
Most career 300-yard passing games
by NFL quarterbacks
Most consecutive starts by a
Most wins by a starting
NFL starting quarterback playoff
Saturday Night Live hosts
2006 Family Guy episode Patriot
2005 Simpsons episode Homer and
Ned's Hail Mary Pass
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