For 13 years fans of NFL and in particular the New England Patriots have watched Tom Brady ply his trade at quarterback and become one of the greatest QBs to ever live. Surely he must have a place reserved for him in the hall of fame.
Brady has broken so many records and achieved so many things that it is almost impossible to tell the story of all of it in anything short of a novel.
Brady started his NFL career in 2000 when he was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round. A pick that has been hailed by most as the best NFL draft pick of all time. However, he was not used much that season as a result of being a fourth string QB and so ended the season with a passing total of only six yards.
But the next season was to prove to be his breakthrough year. After a shaky start he eventually found is feet and guided the Patriots to the playoffs, achieving 18 touchdown passes and 2843 passing yards in the process.
The postseason would prove to be just as memorable for the young quarterback. In the last few minutes of the Super Bowl Brady powered his team down the field and set up the winning field goal, resulting in him being awarded with the title of MVP and becoming the then-youngest ever player to win a Super Bowl.
Two years later Brady was at it again. After taking his team on a 12 game winning streak they entered the post season as the ones to beat and won the Super Bowl for the second time in three years, once again earning him the MVP award.
And the tenacious quarterback didn't stop there. The following season he picked up were he left off guiding the Patriots to a record breaking 18 consecutive regular season victories (21 if you include postseason) and finished with a record of 14-2; the joint best regular season record for a defending champion. That year everyone knew what was coming as they walked away with the Super Bowl trophy yet again.
In 2007 Brady had what has been described by NFL experts as the best season an NFL quarterback has ever had. He guided the Patriots to the first 16-0 regular season record the league had ever seen and broke numerous records in the process such as the franchise record for most touchdown passes in one game; six.
He tied the record for most wins in a players first 100 games (76) and got his first perfect passer rating of his career as well as breaking Peyton manning's record of three of more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games.
By the end of the season Brady had 50 touchdowns, breaking Manning's record of 49 and earning him the title of Best Offensive Player, Most Valued Player of the Season and Male Athlete of the Year.
The records kept on falling in the post season too. Brady finished his first playoff game with a pass completion rate of 92.9% and completed 16 consecutive completed passes. Another two records to add to his list.
After being kept out of the 2008 season though injury the Patriots star returned in 2009 ready to make an impact and he did exactly that, setting records for most touchdown passes in a quarter with a total of five, biggest win at 59-0 and biggest halftime lead of 45-0. He finished the season with 28 touchdowns despite having broken his finger ad fractured tee rib.
The Patriots knew that Brady was the hottest property in the NFL and so offered him a contract that made him te highest paid player in NFL history. He returned the favour by becoming the quickest player to record 100 regular season wins and then b setting the record for most consecutive wins in home starts (26). He finished the season as the only player to achieve a rating of over 110.0 for the second time in their career as well as multiple other awards including an invitation to the AP All-Pro Team.
2011 was a relatively quiet year for the Patriots and the only records Brady broke were in postseason but the next season he became the only player to lead his team to ten division titles and the Patriots became the first team to score over 500 points in four seasons. Brady lead all four of those seasons (another record) and surpassed Joe Montana for most playoff wins at 17.
With a career as glittering as his and so man history books and record books filled with his name, it is fair to say that Tom Bray is one of the greatest players to ever grace a field and his name in the hall of fame is practically guaranteed.
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