Tom Brady

Who is Tom Brady?

Tom Brady is regarded as one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks of all time. He has won the most Super Bowls in NFL history and is considered one of the biggest steals in NFL Draft history. The New England Patriots drafted the Michigan prospect at 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft. He stayed with the New England Patriots for 20 seasons, winning several divisional titles, nine AFC Championships, and seven Super Bowls. However, he left the Patriots and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

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After leading the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl LV trophy in 2021, Brady signed a 2-year extension with Tampa Bay. He retired after the 2021-2022 NFL campaign, following his Divisional Round loss against the Los Angeles Rams. However, he decided to return to the league after just 40 days. Alas, last year in 2023, Tom Brady said goodbye to his professional football career through a short but heart-warming clip. Now, he enjoys his time with his family and focuses on off-gridiron ventures.

Tom Brady’s early life and family

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born in the state of California, in the city of San Mateo. He is the fourth child of Galynn Patricia and Thomas Brady Sr, before which they had three daughters. He was raised as a Catholic and belonged to a family of mixed ethnicities. While Brady is Irish from his father's side, his mother belongs to a diverse ancestry of Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Poland. His father often jokingly calls himself the 'Original Tom Brady'. Laying the foundation of an insurance company, the father of four transferred his work ethic and his zest to continue on the path of victory to his son. Brady Jr's mother Galynn has always been known as the pillar of strength in his more than 2 decade-long career.

She suffered through extremely tough times during her diagnosis of breast cancer but was quick to recover in 2017. His parents still live together in his childhood home back in California. As a child, Brady was raised in an extremely competitive environment with three sisters- Maureen, Julie, and Nancy. Maureen is the oldest of them all and remained inclined toward the sports world as well. She earned a name for herself by being the All-Star American softball pitcher at Fresno State.

While she shifted her career path to nursing soon after, her sisters surely followed her into the game of softball. Nancy moved on from the sport to become a Public Health Technical Advisor. Julie, the sister who shares the closest bond with Tom Brady, married former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis. Currently, all three of them are busy raising their kids and living with their families, rarely gaining an opportunity to have a get-together.

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Concerning his education, young Brady graduated from Junipero Serra High School in the year 1995. He was known to be passionate about various sports from his school days, including Basketball, Baseball, and his future goal- Football. Tom Brady ended up securing 3702 yards and 31 touchdowns in his high school career. He went to the University of Michigan after completing his initial schooling, where he got a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. There he gave up the opportunity to pursue professional baseball and focused on his football journey.

Brady always credits Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers to be the massive reason behind his passion for the sport. That is what led him to continue with football despite not getting a chance to play in his University team for almost 2 years. Yet, after joining the side, the Quarterback secured 4773 passing yards and 30 TD passes in his college career. He led the Michigan Wolverines to become a strong side, remaining a squad member that grabbed the victory in the 1997 National Championship.

While Brady was a known name in the college football world, he still entered the NFL only as the 199th pick of the draft. He was picked in the sixth round in 2000 by the New England Patriots. Astonishingly, he did not have a lot of hype surrounding him in his initial entry into the National Football League. Brady was the seventh QB to get selected that year. Yet, his long-time team Patriots recognized some passion and determination in him to make Brady a part of their squad despite hosting enough talent for the season.

Tom Brady's personal life

Tom Brady's dating life has been under the limelight since he rose to fame in the NFL arena. More often than not, it is his ex-wife Gisele Bündchen who is associated with the football legend. There have been a couple of actresses Tom Brady had dated before her. One of the prominent names is the 'Sex and the City' star, Bridget Moynahan. They dated for more than a couple of years, and during this period, the actress was spotted with Brady on many occasions. These included the victory party after the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscars party, and the 2006 Met Gala. Alas! The couple split in December 2006, and Brady started dating Bündchen.

However, the following year, Moynahan announced that she was three months pregnant with Tom Brady's child. Their son, John "Jack" Edward Thomas Moynahan, was born on August 22, 2007. Since then, Brady and Moynahan have been co-parenting Jack. The eldest son of Brady shares many traits with the superstar former quarterback. He enjoys playing many sports, including football and basketball. Gisele Bündchen has also been a vital part of his upbringing. Eventually, Tom Brady married Gisele Bündchen in 2009. They got married twice - the first ceremony was carried out at St. Monica Catholic Church in California and the second ceremony was at Bündchen's Costa Rica home.

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In June 2009, the supermodel announced that they were expecting their first child together, Benjamin Brady. Unlike his older brother, Benjamin isn't much fond of sports. However, now and then he indulges in the game of football. In 2012, they were blessed with a daughter, Vivian Lake Brady. She is a fan of many sports, prominently, tennis and horse riding. Despite the love and support they showcased each other, the couple separated ways in October 2022. This was after Tom Brady returned to the NFL arena following his retirement earlier that year. The couple announced that their children are their utmost priority, and they will work together as parents to ensure that they receive love and attention.

After Brady and Bündchen's divorce, there were speculations about who the NFL legend might be dating next. Rumors aired of Tom Brady being involved with Russian model Irina Shayk. Per Page Six, the pair returned to Brady's Los Angeles home after he picked Shayk up at Hotel Bel-Air last year. Similar speculations surrounded the duo from time to time. But nothing was confirmed from either of the parties. Just more than a week back, Us reported how the two have met several times a week and a source revealed that both Brady and Shayk are trying to maintain a relationship out of the public eye.

Tom Brady's net worth in 2024

The former NFL quarterback has a whopping net worth of $300 million and a salary of $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has been able to accumulate this lucrative wealth because of the glorious NFL career he has had. Apart from the football gridiron, Brady also owns several businesses and has numerous investments. During his time with the New England Patriots (2000 to 2019), Tom Brady was estimated to have earned $235 million in salary and bonuses, adding up to $350 million earned over his time with the New England Patriots.

After this, when he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he signed a $50 million contract, and then $15 million more was added to this in 2022. In the same year, Forbes listed Tom Brady as the highest-paid NFL player with $30 million in earnings on the field and $45 million through endorsements and business deals. Additionally, as a football player, Tom Brady boasted many prominent endorsement collaborations. These included companies like Hertz, Subway, Under Armour, and more.

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Apart from being a phenomenal football player, Tom Brady also has great business skills. He began his brand ‘TB12’ and also became a major investor in the cryptocurrency platform FTX. Sadly, this company went bankrupt and Brady lost somewhere between $40 million and $100 million. Tom Brady has also been a part of the NFT platform company ‘Autograph’ as an investor. The world of media saw him as an investor as well through ‘199 Productions.’ In sports dynamics, Tom Brady bought a small stake in the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA from Mark Davis in 2023. The year 2023 also witnessed him shaking hands with Knighthead Capital Management LLC on August 3.

Thus, becoming a minority owner at English club Birmingham City F.C. Furthermore, he is a part of the ownership team for the Major League Pickleball, and his clothing company has a collaboration deal with Hertz Team JOTA, Knighthead's World Endurance Championship racing team. His podcast Let's Go! also plays a role in his updated net worth in 2024.

Tom Brady's career records

As per NFL.com, Tom Brady in his career completed 7,753 passes in 12,050 attempts, covering a mammoth 89,214 yards for 649 passing touchdowns in a completion rating of 64.3%. Brady in his 23 seasons as a quarterback, qualified for the postseason 20 times. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Tom Brady has played a total of 48 playoff games in his NFL career. The quarterback tossed 1200 passes in 1,921 attempts for 13,400 yards scoring 88 touchdowns.

Given his prowess on the gridiron, he holds several records to his name. These include— The All-Time Leader in passing yards (89,214) and touchdown passes (649), the most QB wins to start a career (251), ranks all-time in Pro Bowls (15), and the most Super Bowl MVP awards (5). In the postseason, Tom Brady grabs the leads in most appearances (20), the most game started (48), total victories (35), most Super Bowl appearances (10), most Super Bowl wins (7), most game-winning drives (14), most fourth-quarter comebacks (9).

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Moreover, he has concluded his career undefeated against four franchises: Dallas Cowboys (7-0), Minnesota Vikings (6-0), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-0), and New England Patriots (1-0). As Tom Brady boasts several records to his name, one such feat was surpassed by Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. During their game against the Bills in the 2024 playoffs, Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes made their 16th career playoff touchdown together. This helped them break the previous record of 14 touchdowns held by Tom Brady and former TE Rob Gronkowski.

Tom Brady's NFL journey - coaches and teams

In his over two-decade-long career, Tom Brady played for only two teams- the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he spent 20 years with the New England Patriots, he ended his career in 2022 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his time with the Patriots, the Quarterback revealed feeling lucky to have played under the "greatest coach in the NFL."

He was referring to the most experienced presence in the league and a person who is a constant name besides Brady- Bill Belichick. The coach and QB share a strong bond, which brought their side 17 Divisional titles besides the Super Bowl success. The Head Coach of the New England side played the most crucial role in his career.

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Another coach who was closely connected with Tom Brady was Josh McDaniels. He worked as the Patriots' Quarterback's coach and Offensive Coordinator from 2004-08 and 2012-19. Brady often refers to McDaniels as his "Brother for life," reflecting on the massive role the offense expert played in his journey. At last, it was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Brady's era who played a crucial role in his comeback. It was none other than Bruce Arians with whom the QB won his last Super Bowl, adding a star to the coaching legacy of Arians.

The time with the New England Patriots saw Tom Brady at his peak. He became the most successful QB in the NFL under this side, also securing most Super Bowl victories for any side under a single Quarterback and Coach duo.

How many Super Bowl wins does Tom Brady have?

The NFL legend Tom Brady went on to win 6 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LII) with Bill Belichick as his coach under the Patriots. His time in Buccaneers' camp, though short, witnessed Tom Brady registering another Super Bowl title (LV) to his name under coach Arians. From his 7 SBs, he won the first Lombardi trophy against the Los Angeles Rams in 2002 with a score of 20-17. In 2004 and 2005, he grabbed back-to-back trophies against the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles respectively.

His fourth title came after a long gap of ten years in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks, after which he soon grabbed the fifth title in 2017 against the Atlanta Falcons. The final trophy with the Patriots for Brady came against the Los Angeles Rams in the 2019 season. Later, he bid adieu to the NFL world with his last trophy in 2021 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brady's retirement from the NFL and life after retirement

The NFL G.O.A.T. retired on February 1, 2023, again. In 2022, he first announced his retirement but only to return 40 days later. However, last year, Tom Brady, through a social media post, announced, "Good morning, guys. I'll get to the point right away. I'm retiring. For good." Elaborating on the same, he thanked his family, friends, and fans and mentioned how he already made a "super emotional retirement essay." Thus, this time, it won't be long-winded.

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Tom Brady has been a busy man ever since his exit from the NFL gridiron. He has been involved in all imaginable fields, touching sports and other domains. In September 2023, Brady joined hands with Delta Airlines as a partner, wanting to invest in teamwork tools for more than 90,000 employees. He also got involved in the sports field once more, outside the spectrum of a player this time around. After grabbing partial ownership in the WNBA's Aces in March 2023, Brady showed interest in becoming a part of the NFL team LV Raiders as a part owner.

Away from this, he also joined the ownership deal of the soccer team Birmingham City FC alongside a team in an electric boat racing league, all set to begin in 2024. His retirement phase sees him continuing as a partner with Hertz, running his Brady Brand apparel company, the TB12 fitness brand, his own production company, and his NFT Company- Autograph. Besides, Sports Illustrated in 2022 also highlighted how Brady signed a 10-year deal with Fox Sports for a whopping $375 million. He would take on the role of an NFL analyst. This will allow him to add $37.5 million to his net worth annually for the next decade starting from Fall 2024.

Tom Brady's list of awards and honors

  • 5x Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV)

  • 3x NFL MVP (2007, 2010, 2017)

  • 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)

  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)

  • 15x Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009-2018, 2021)

  • 3x First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)

  • 3x Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016, 2021)

  • 5x NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2021)

  • 4x NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017, 2021)

  • 2x NFL passer rating leader (2007, 2010)

  • AP Male Athlete of the Year

  • 2x Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2005, 2021)

  • Bert Bell Award (2007)

Tom Brady's foundation and charity

Like most sports personalities, NFL superstar Tom Brady has set up a foundation in 2015 under his name. He used his jersey number to help popularize the foundation. This is the TB12 Foundation, which has the mission to inspire and educate athletes to excel in sports as well as in life. Through the initiative, Brady hopes to continue to empower at-risk athletes to overcome economic or health-related obstacles to reach performance goals. There are 6 other charities that the QB is associated with- Best Buddies International, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Capital One The Match, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Kaboom, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

How to contact Tom Brady?

Instagram- @tombrady

Twitter- @TomBrady

Official Website: https://tb12sports.com/

Name Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
Born August 3, 1977
Place of Birth San Mateo, California
Nationality American
College University of Michigan
Parents Galynn Patricia and Thomas Brady Sr
Height 6ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 225 lbs (102 kg)
Wife Ex-wife Gisele Bündchen
Kids 3 (John 'Jack' Edward Thomas Moynahan, Benjamin Rein, and Vivian Lake)
NFL Draft 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Position in NFL Quarterback
NFL Team New England Patriots (2000-2019), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020-2022)
Shows and Podcasts Let's Go!
40 Yard dash Time 5.17 seconds
Touchdowns 677
Super Bowl 7
Pro Bowls 15
All Pros 3

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