Tom Brady recently acquired his fourth Super Bowl ring after leading the New England Patriots to a stirling fourth quarter comeback victory. The win cemented Brady's place amongst the greatest quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL.
Way back in the year 2000 though, as Brady arrived at the NFL Combine bidding to impress onlooking scouts, there were very few predicting the young quarterback out of the University of Michigan would go on to reach such dizzy heights.
And, judging by the video of Brady's brilliantly awkward 40-yard-dash promoted by the NFL today, you can see why the Patriots QB's rise to prominence is amongst the best success stories in the NFL.
Far removed from the tight-fitting lycra suits worn by recent Combine athletes built to optimize performance, Brady appears dressed for a game of tennis or a jog on the beach as he readies himself to push the boundaries of speed.
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As you can see, Brady's performance wouldn't be threatening the top speedsters challenging for a Porsche 911 this year. The Wolverine managed 5.28 seconds in the end, complete with a little stumble around the 35-yard mark.
Brady's time placed him last amongst QBs on the day and only added to concerns amongst some about his athletic ability.
Proving doubters wrong
Brady certainly wasn't fancied by many NFL teams in 2000 but the New England Patriots saw something in the quarterback and, with a sixth round pick, changed history.
Starting out as the Pats' fourth string QB, Brady quickly rose to the role of back up. After Drew Bledsoe went down early in the 2001 season, Brady took on the starting job and hasn't looked back since.
Tom Brady has never been the most explosive quarterback, his Combine speed a lasting legacy, but his accuracy with his arm has been integral to New England's recent success.
After another impressive 2014 season Brady has now thrown for 53,258 yards and 392 touchdowns. That is probably exactly 53,258 yards and 392 touchdowns more than many predicted prior to the 2000 Draft.
What do you think NFL fans? Is Tom Brady the greatest Draft pick of all time, and even the greatest quarterback of all time? Let us know in the comments section below...
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