As a result of the dominant performance against the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots have advanced to the AFC Championship game for the second straight season to face the Baltimore Ravens.
One of the main reasons for the Patriots’ success over the years has been the dynamic duo of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. These two future Hall of Famers have combined for three Super Bowl titles and five AFC championships during their time together and may be headed towards adding one more of each in the coming weeks.
Brady’s career in the NFL started off with the team drafting him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 199th pick. The Michigan product was thought to be nothing more than a lifetime backup and a player that might not even be able to stay in the league for more than a season or two.
Obviously, Brady proved all the doubters wrong after getting his chance to shine with an injury to veteran Drew Bledsoe back in 2001. Brady made the best of his time under center for New England and hasn’t let the team down since.
Apparently, Brady predicted his rise to superstardom in the NFL following only his second start via Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com:
“I’ve been playing this game my whole life. I’ve started a couple games now, and it’s the same game, man. It’s no different. I kid you not, it’s not that hard. I’m going to be a great one. I’m going to be one of the best at this game.”
Bold words for a player drafted in the sixth round of the draft and only having played two games as a starter for the Patriots. Even though no one took Brady seriously at that point in time, the former Wolverine has made good on his promise to become one of the greatest in the game.
With three Super Bowl rings and two NFL MVP awards, Brady has reached the distinction as one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game. Not only is Brady already one of the greatest in the minds of many, but he’s not done yet with another Super Bowl title potentially around the corner.