It really happened. Quarterback Tom Brady left the only NFL team he's ever known for greener (or maybe warmer) pastures after 20 years. He is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
It's unlikely you know nothing of the player touted as the greatest quarterback the league has ever seen, especially considering you're reading this on the website of a football team. Heck, it's unlikely that your uncle in Alaska or that one cousin who's 'just not that into sports' have escaped the web of notoriety Tom Brady has spun. He's transcended the sporting world throughout the course of his tenure but for the sake of this article, let's have a little bit of a review.
Here are 10 things to know about Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (and no, that novelty has very much not worn off).
1. He's the only active player in the league that has more Super Bowl rings than fingers on one hand to wear them – that's right, six. Brady led the New England Patriots to six world championships during his 20-season tenure. He'll now attempt to do it in Tampa, who is hosting this year's Super Bowl, don't you know?
2. He has four first names – Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
3. Brady sits just behind now-division-rival Drew Brees for the all-time NFL passing leader crown as well as most all-time passing touchdowns. The Saints' signal caller has 77,416 career passing yards to Brady's 74,571 and 547 career passing touchdowns to Brady's 541. The two were a year apart in the NFL Draft where Brees went 32nd overall in the second round to the San Diego Chargers a year after Brady went 199th overall in the 6th round to the New England Patriots in 2000.
4. Brady just started a production company named 199 Productions – a nod to that aforementioned draft position.
5. He has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback.
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6. Brady has subsequently had the most playoff appearances of any quarterback (41) and owns the most playoff wins, with a postseason record of 30-11.
7. Brady was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing football, baseball and basketball. He excelled especially in baseball, too. So much so, that he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. Instead, Brady went on to play football at the University of Michigan. He'll now play for a staff that has two former Michigan football alum in outside linebackers coach Larry Foote and Assistant Head Coach/Run-Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin.
8. Brady is the youngest of four children and the only boy. Growing up in San Mateo, California, he was a San Francisco 49ers fan and idolized Joe Montana, whose many records Brady has already surpassed.
9. He has three children himself, two boys and a girl and is married to supermodel and environmental activist Gisele Bündchen. The couple tied the knot in 2009.
10. Brady has been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, tying an NFL record with players like Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez and Bruce Matthews. One more would give him sole possession of the NFL record for most Pro Bowl appearances.
View pictures from QB Tom Brady's NFL career thus far.