Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., popularly known as Tom Brady, born August 3, 1977, is a former American football quarterback who spent 23 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
He played his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, where he was an integral part of the franchise’s success from 2001 to 2019. He spent his final three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady is largely recognized as the all-time greatest quarterback.
Early life and Education
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born on August 3, 1977, in San Mateo, California, as the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia and Thomas Brady Sr.
Brady was raised in a Catholic household. His father is Irish, and his mother is of Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Polish ancestry.
He graduated from Junpero Serra High School in San Mateo in 1995. In high school, he participated in football, basketball, and baseball.
Brady began his football career as the backup quarterback for the Padres’ junior varsity team.
He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1999.
On September 28, 1996, Brady appeared in his first collegiate game after Michigan was up 35–3 against UCLA late in the fourth quarter
Brady’s success as a quarterback has been credited to his work ethic, competitive attitude, pocket awareness, and intelligence.
Tom Brady started 381 games (333 regular seasons, 48 playoffs) in 23 seasons, the most for an NFL quarterback.
His first 20 seasons with the Patriots were also the most for an NFL quarterback with a single franchise.
Brady’s 21 seasons as the starting quarterback resulted in seven Super Bowl titles, the most of any individual and the most of any NFL franchise. He appeared in a record 10 Super Bowls.
He is the only player to have won Super Bowl MVP honors with both New England and Tampa Bay.
Brady has nearly every major quarterback record and is the NFL leader in career passing yards, attempts, and touchdown passes in both the regular season and playoffs. He is the only NFL quarterback with 600 passing touchdowns in a single season.
Brady, one of the NFL’s most decorated and accomplished players, is widely regarded as the best quarterback of all time. He is also regarded as one of the greatest NFL players of all time and one of the finest athletes in sports history.
Brady announced on social media that he was quitting “for good” on February 1, 2023.
Nine days later, he would file his retirement papers with the NFL and NFLPA, making him eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning in 2028.
Brady was in a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004 till late 2006.
The couple split up in early December 2006, shortly after Moynahan became pregnant.
In August 2007, their son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, was born at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Brady and Bündchen married on February 26, 2009, in a small Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California.
They have two children: a son, Benjamin Rein Brady, born in December 2009, and a daughter, Vivian Lake Brady, born in December 2012.
In October 2022, the couple announced on Instagram that they had finalized their divorce, ending their 13-year marriage.