In a 2011 interview for ESPN documentary The Brady Six, Brady and his father recalled the pain they felt while waiting to hear his name called in the 2000 draft
This week marked the 19th anniversary of Tom Brady being drafted by the New England Patriots, and the now-star quarterback looked back on the memory with a little humor.
Sharing a photo from the 2000 draft on his new Twitter account, Brady wrote, “19 years ago today the @patriots took a chance on the guy in this photo: Me (199) 😂. “
“Thank you to EVERYONE who’s helped me to prove them right!” he continued, adding, “Also, did they stop taking these photos after mine??”
Brady joined the New England Patriots when the team selected him as the 199th pick in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.
He would go on to start in the Super Bowl just two seasons later, earning his first of six wins (so far).
In a 2011 interview for ESPN documentary The Brady Six, Brady and his father recalled the pain they felt while waiting to hear his name called in the draft. Even though Brady had won multiple Super Bowls by then — and solidified his place as a force in the league — the memories still brought tears to his eyes.
“We were led to believe that he was going to be drafted, possibly second round, probably third round,” Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., told ESPN. “They kept calling quarterback names, and we kept being stunned.”
The second and third rounds passed, and still, Brady’s name wasn’t called.
“We were very distraught,” Brady Sr. said. “With each name, it was becoming worse and worse.”
Six quarterbacks — Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, and Spergon Wynn — had been taken ahead of the fledgling footballer from the University of Michigan.
“It was hard,” Brady told the outlet in 2011.