March 6th, 2013
There were 198 players drafted before one of the greatest of all-time.
As draft time approaches, I thought I'd recognize the greatest draft "steal" of all-time: Tom Brady.
Everyone knows Tom Brady, but not many people know the full story behind this Hall of Fame Quarterback. During his college career at Michigan, he struggled to get playing time (at one point, he was seventh on the depth chart). After watching his first two seasons in college from the bench, Brady was named the starter in his Junior year. Despite going 20-5 in his college career and winning the Orange Bowl, many teams were still not impressed with Brady. When draft time came around, Brady sat and waited while 198 players heard their names called. He was selected with pick #199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the draft. Brady started the season as the 4th string quarterback, and during his rookie year, he went 1 for 3 passing, for 6 yards. The next season, after a Drew Bledsoe injury, Brady stepped in as starter and never looked back. He won 3 Super Bowls in his first 4 seasons as starter, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest of all-time.