Tom Brady's path to super-stardom is one of the most unconventional in NFL history. He played college football at Michigan, far from his hometown in San Mateo, California. As a kid, Brady idolized Joe Montana. Brady's style of play emulated Montana, both praised for their ability to perform under pressure. However, Brady's lack of athleticism caused him to fall in the draft. Brady was drafted as the 199th pick in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. For his first NFL season, he was the back-up for Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe had been a fan favorite among Patriots fans since he was drafted in 1993, and was the franchise's starting quarterback. In 2001, the Patriots played their rivals the New York Jets in the second game of the season. Bledsoe was knocked out of the game at Brady was put in as the starter. When Bledsoe was healthy enough to return, coach Bill Belichick chose Brady to be the starter, after a series of wins put the Patriots on track to make the playoffs.
After a 0-2 start, the Patriots, led by Brady went 11-5, the best record in the AFC East. The Patriots went on to face the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots entered the game as 14 point underdogs. They won the game 20-17, capturing the franchise's first Super Bowl victory. Tom Brady was named the game's MVP. After missing the playoffs in 2002, the Patriots won Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004 against the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles respectively. Tom was named the Super Bowl MVP in 2003. As a quarterback, Tom Brady's best season was yet to come.
In 2007, after the Patriots overhauled their receiving corps, the New England Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season. The offense scored on 50% of their possessions. Brady had 50 touchdowns, the most in NFL history. Although the Patriots were unable to win their final game, Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants, Tom Brady was named the NFL's MVP.
Brady was sidelined for the 2008 season after an injury in week 1. In 2010, he signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension, making him the highest paid player in the NFL to that point. On October 4th of that same year, Brady became the fastest quarterback to reach 100 wins, after defeating the Miami Dolphins. That year he also set an NFL record by winning 26 straight regular season home starts. He was unanimously named the NFL MVP that season, the first time an MVP has been picked unanimously. Brady revisited the Super Bowl for a fifth time in 2011, becoming the second quarterback to play in 5 Super Bowls. The Patriots once again lost the New York Giants. In 2012, Tom Brady surpassed his childhood icon, Joe Montana, for the NFL record of most playoff victories as a quarterback with 17. His current regular season winning percentage in 77.7%.