As the New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady has 3 Super Bowl titles, Super Bowl and NFL MVPs, All-Pro selections, statistical records, a dozen AFC East crowns, Pro Bowl selections … you get the point. He’s good.
But there is so much more to this guy’s life than being one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
First of all, he’s married to a supermodel. Her name is Gisele Bundchen and her pictures are everywhere. She also made about $47 million last year. Brady, 37, made about $19 million this season. The couple has made roughly $450 million combined over their careers. Not too shabby.
Brady and Bundchen have 2 children, Vivian and Benjamin. Brady also has a son John from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.
Brady and his Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.
Here’s what you need to know about Brady:
1. Brady Wasn’t a Full-Time Starter at Michigan
Brady got the Michigan campus in 1996, but sat his first 2 years as future NFLer Brian Griese led the Wolverines. Brady even considered transferring to California, which is close to where he grew up.
But Brady stayed and became the starter in his junior year, throwing for 2,427 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as Michigan went 10-3 and capped the season with a Citrus Bowl win over Arkansas.
Then things got a little complicated his senior season when highly-touted quarterback Drew Henson ate into Brady’s playing time. Michigan went 10-2 and Brady threw for 369 yards and 4 TDs in his final game, a victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
2. Brady Had a Brutal NFL Combine
Brady isn’t a physical specimen like most NFL players.
That 33 on the Wunderlic test is pretty good, though. That 40-yard dash time? Not so much.
3. A Drew Bledsoe Injury Opened The NFL Door For Brady
Brady played in only 1 game his rookie season, but an injury to regular starter and Patriots icon Drew Bledsoe got the wet-behind-the-ears, 2nd-year pro on the field in a snap of the fingers.
In the second game of the season in 2001, the Jets’ Mo Lewis put a wallop on Bledsoe, essentially ending his New England career. Brady took over as the starter, won the Super Bowl – and game MVP – that year and Bledsoe was off to Buffalo, where he played for 3 seasons.
And no conversation about Brady’s early Patriots career would not be complete without mentioning the “Tuck Rule” game. Former Ravens linebacker and current ESPN analyst Ray Lewis just brought it up the other day.
4. Brady & Gisele Bundchen Sold Their Los Angeles Mansion to Dr. Dre
Brady and Bundchen built a sprawling eco-friendly home in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles. That house had a moat. With a bridge to walk over said moat and into the home. Rap mogul Dr. Dre purchased the home for about $40 million.
The couple is building another mansion, this time in the ‘burbs of Boston on a Brookline golf course.
5. Brady’s Brother-In-Law Is Former Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis
Brady has a famous, athletic brother-in-law. Former Major League Baseball player Kevin Youkilis married Brady’s sister Julie in 2012.
Before making the questionable jump from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, Youkilis told CBS Boston he had asked Tom Brady if he’d ever play football for a New York team:
“I even asked a question about coming to New York: ‘Could you ever be a Jet or a Giant?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t know. Luckily I’m not in your shoes.’ “And I’m like, ‘Thanks a lot for your advice, buddy!’”
Brady is the only son of Galynn and Tom Sr. He has 2 other older sisters, Nancy and Maureen.