It’s been 20 years since Tom Brady was picked by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL draft. The lanky lad from California was the last quarterback (199th overall) to be picked in that year’s draft event. However, we all know how that story ended.
Brady arrived in New England as a back-up to the back-up of the great Drew Bledsoe. He did not play in his first rookie year in the league. However, Brady got his chance when Bledsoe got injured during the 2001 season and he made the most of it. Over the last two decades, Brady and head coach Bill Belichick led the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles.
Let’s turn back the clock to when Tom Brady made his very first appearance in a Patriots jersey.
Tom Brady made his way on to the field for the first time in the above preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Tom Brady came on as the third-stringer in the fourth quarter. He threw three of four passes for 28 yards that night. Tom Brady’s teammates from that night include Sean Morey, Chris Floyd, and Shockmain Davis. However, the star player for the Pats that night was the young QB Michael Bishop who completed nine of 13 passes for 101 yards. He even went on rush for 50 yards with one TD. However, he left the Pats next year and spent the rest of his career away from the NFL in the lower leagues.
In addition to Brady, it was also Bill Belichick’s debut as the Patriots coach that night against the 49ers. Who would have thought that Brady and Belichick would go on to build a dynasty in the NFL in the next 20 years?
SOURCE: NFL Throwback Twitter