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Tom Brady
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Brady in 2016
No. 12 New England Patriots
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-08-03) August 3, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth: San Mateo, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: San Mateo (CA) Junípero Serra
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Completions: 5,244
Attempts: 8,224
Percentage: 63.8
TDINT: 456–152
Passing yards: 61,582
Passer rating: 97.2
Player stats at

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He is one of only two players to win five Super Bowls (the other being Charles Haley), the only quarterback to win five and the only player to win them all playing for one team.

After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady's 15 seasons as a starter,[lower-alpha 1] he has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances, the most for any player in history.

Brady has been honored with four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI), the most ever by a single player, has won two league MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (14) than any other quarterback in NFL history. As of the end of the 2016 season, Brady is fourth all-time in career passing yards, fourth in career touchdown passes, and third in career passer rating. His career postseason record is 25–9, winning more playoff games than any other quarterback, and he has appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. Brady has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback in the NFL. His 208 combined regular-season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Because of his accomplishments and accolades, many analysts and sportswriters consider Brady to be among the greatest quarterbacks of all time.[3][4][5][6] Due to his late draft selection, Brady is considered to be the biggest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft.[7][8][9]

For his alleged involvement in the highly publicized Deflategate football tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.[10] Subsequently, Brady went on to win Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl MVP.

Early life

Brady was born in San Mateo, California, the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia (née Johnson) and Thomas Brady, Sr.[11] He has three older sisters named Nancy, Julie, and Maureen.[12] He was raised Catholic. His father is of Irish descent, while his mother has Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish ancestry and whose great-great-grandparents, John and Bridget Brady, were Irish refugees from the Great Famine who moved to San Francisco from Boston prior to the American Civil War with Bridget's sister Ann and her husband Lawrence Meegan, who were the parents of the 19th Century American Major League Baseball player "Steady" Pete Meegan. Brady's great uncle, Michael Buckley Jr. was, also, the first American prisoner of war during World War II.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

In the 1980s, Brady regularly attended San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park, where he was a fan of quarterback Joe Montana; since then, Brady has mentioned Montana as his idol and one of his inspirations.[19] At the age of four, Brady attended the 1981 NFC Championship against the Dallas Cowboys, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark.[20] As a child, Brady attended football camp at the College of San Mateo where he learned to throw the football from camp counselor and future NFL/AFL quarterback Tony Graziani.[21] He grew up as a Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics fan.[22]

Brady attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995; the ceremony was held at St. Mary's Cathedral.[23] He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. He played against Bellarmine College Preparatory rival Pat Burrell in both football and baseball. Brady's football career started as the backup quarterback on the Padres JV team. At first, Brady was not good enough to start on the 0–8 JV team that had not scored a touchdown all year.[24] However, when the starting quarterback went down with an injury, he ascended to the starting position. He became the varsity starter his junior year and held the position until he graduated.[25] By Brady's senior year, he struggled getting on the radar of college coaches. He created highlight tapes and sent them out to schools he would consider attending.[26] This led to strong interest from many football programs around the nation.

The process of recruiting was much different during Brady's time, and athletes' rankings were not as prominent. In terms of recruiting in the 2000s, Brady would have been considered a Four-star quarterback. In essence, he was a highly rated prospect.[27] Brady was also on Blue Chip Illustrated as well as a Prep Football Report All-American selection.[28] Following his recruiting process he narrowed down his list to five main schools.[29] "Probably the ones that we did hear from and ultimately pared the list to were Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Michigan, and Illinois," his father said.[29]

Brady was also known as a great baseball player in high school.[30] He was a left handed hitting catcher with power. His skill set impressed MLB scouts, and he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos.[24][31] Although he could have had a bright future in baseball, Brady was determined to play football at the next level. He was always more passionate about football, and when he found that there was significant interest in him, he decided to take the road of football.[29] Brady was recruited by Michigan assistant Bill Harris, and he signed to play for the University of Michigan in 1995.[32][33] He finished his high school football career completing 236 of 447 passes for 3,702 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also won All-State and All-Far West honors as well as the team's Most Valuable Player Award.[28]

During the summers of 1998 and 1999, Brady was an intern at Merrill Lynch.[34] He was inducted into the Junipero Serra High School Hall of Fame in 2003, joining fellow Serra High graduates Barry Bonds, Lynn Swann, Gregg Jefferies, Jim Fregosi, and his older sister Maureen, among many others.[28] When Brady revisited two weeks after Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, school administrators announced that they had named the football stadium Brady Family Stadium.[35]

College career

Brady played college football for the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1999.[36][37] He was a backup quarterback for his first two years, while teammate and future NFL quarterback Brian Griese led the 1997 Wolverines to an undefeated season, which was capped by a victory in the Rose Bowl and a share of the national championship. When he enrolled at Michigan, Brady was seventh on the depth chart, and he had an intense struggle to get some playing time. At one point, Brady hired a sports psychologist to help him cope with frustration and anxiety, and even considered transferring to California.[38][39] He worked closely with assistant athletic director Greg Harden, who met with Brady every week to build his confidence and to maximize his performance on the field.[40] Brady told 60 Minutes in 2014: "He will always be somebody I rely on for sound advice and mentorship. He has helped me with my own personal struggles in both athletics and in life. Greg really pushed me in a direction that I wasn't sure I could go."[41]

Under Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, Brady battled for the starting job with Drew Henson[37] and ultimately started every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. During his first full year as starter, he set new Michigan records for most pass attempts and completions in a season, for a total of 214.[42] Brady was All-Big Ten honorable mention both seasons, and was the team captain in his senior year. The Wolverines won 20 of 25 games when he started, and he set a school record for completions in a 31–16 loss against Ohio State in 1998, a season in which Michigan shared the Big Ten Conference title. Brady capped that season with a win over Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl.[43]

In the 1999 season, Brady had to once again hold off Henson for the starting job. The two players platooned during the season's first seven games, with Brady playing the first quarter, Henson the second and Carr then deciding upon a quarterback for the second half. The 1999 Michigan Wolverines started off 5–0, including a 26–22 win over Notre Dame, and a road win against eventual powerhouse Wisconsin. Against Michigan State, Brady was not chosen to play the second half; however, he was reinserted into the game with Michigan down by 17 points, and he nearly led Michigan all the way back before losing 34–31. After a 300-yard passing game the following week, Carr went exclusively with Brady for the remainder of the season. Brady went on to lead Michigan to multiple 4th-quarter comebacks, including a remarkable 31–27 win against Penn State, and leading them out of a close game against Indiana, 34–31, heading into the regular season's final game, winners of three straight, earning him the moniker of "Comeback Kid".

Michigan concluded the regular season against Ohio State; this was a dramatic game with a trip to the Orange Bowl on the line. With five minutes left, tied 17–17, Brady led Michigan to the winning score. He led Michigan to an overtime win in the Orange Bowl over Alabama, throwing for 369 yards, four touchdowns, leading the team back from a pair of 14-point deficits in regulation (14–0 in the first half, and 28–14 in the second). He threw the game-winning score on a bootleg to tight end Shawn Thompson. Michigan won when Alabama missed an extra point following its own touchdown.

In the two seasons that Brady started at Michigan, he posted a 20–5 record, including his two largest victories at the Citrus Bowl (1999) and the Orange Bowl (2000). Brady finished his career ranking 3rd in Michigan history with 710 attempts and 442 completions, 4th with 5,351 yards and 62.3 completion percentage, and 5th with 35 touchdown passes.[28][44]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1996 Michigan 3 5 60.0% 26 5.2 0 1 63.7
1997 Michigan 12 15 80.0% 103 6.9 0 0 137.7 2 −14 −7.0 0
1998 Michigan 200 323 61.9% 2,427 7.5 14 10 133.1 54 −105 −1.9 2
1999 Michigan 180 295 61.0% 2,217 7.5 16 6 138.0 34 −31 −0.9 1
Career 395 638 61.9% 4,773 7.5 30 17 134.9 90 −150 −1.7 3


Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 211 lb 5.24 s 1.75 s 2.99 s 4.38 s 7.20 s 2412 in 8 ft 3 in 33[46]
All values from NFL Combine[47]


Brady was a lightly regarded prospect coming out of college, and was selected by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of 2000 NFL draft. He has subsequently played his entire professional career with the Patriots and has enjoyed a distinguished and decorated career that includes five Super Bowl wins, four Super Bowl MVPs, and two League MVPs. As a result of his highly successful career, Brady is rated among the greatest quarterbacks of all time.[48] In addition to his other accolades, he has been named to the Pro Bowl twelve times and led the league in passing three times. He holds numerous NFL post-season passing records, and has more post-season wins than any other quarterback. Since Brady became their starting quarterback, the Patriots have never had a losing season and have won 14 division titles. They played in eleven AFC Championship Games from 2001 to 2016—including six in a row from 2011 to 2016—and won seven of them.

In his second season, Brady took over as the starting quarterback after Drew Bledsoe was injured; he eventually led the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots would miss the playoffs the following season, but would then win back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. Although Brady and the Patriots continued to be highly successful, he did not return to the Super Bowl until the 2007 season. In that season, Brady set an NFL record for touchdown passes, won his first League MVP, and led the Patriots to a 16–0 regular season record. However, the Patriots were upset by the New York Giants in spectacular fashion in Super Bowl XLII. Brady missed virtually the entire following season due to a catastrophic knee injury in his first game. Brady won the National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award in the 2009 season, and he and the Patriots continued in that and subsequent seasons to turn in strong performances, winning his second League MVP in 2010. Brady returned to the Super Bowl in the 2011 season where once again Brady and the Patriots were upset by the New York Giants. Brady then made his sixth trip to the Super Bowl after the 2014 season (his 15th as a pro) where he led a memorable fourth quarter comeback over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks for his fourth Super Bowl win, and was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time. Brady missed the first four games of the 2016 season due to a suspension resulting from the Deflategate controversy, but then won 11 out of the 12 remaining regular season games and two postseason games to make his seventh and most recent Super Bowl appearance, earning his fifth Super Bowl win and fourth Super Bowl MVP title in epic fashion, coming back from a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons midway through the third quarter to win in overtime, by far the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Brady led the Patriots when they set the NFL record for the longest consecutive winning streak—that included the playoffs—with 21 straight wins in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He set the record for most consecutive playoff wins with 10, and in 2007, he led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the season was expanded to 16 games. He has thrown for more passing yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in NFL postseason history, and has the sixth highest career passer rating of all time (96.6) among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career passing attempts.

Brady and Joe Montana are the only players in NFL history to win multiple NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards. In 2007, he was named NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and the Associated Press named him Male Athlete of the Year, the first NFL player so honored since Montana in 1990. He became the first quarterback to throw for 50 touchdowns in a season. In 2010, he was unanimously chosen as the NFL MVP, becoming the first player since 1986 to be unanimously chosen as MVP, and was ranked as the top player in the NFL Top 100, a poll of league players. He set the NFL record for consecutive passes without an interception (358), and broke his own record for the highest season touchdown to interception ratio, among players who have started a full season, at 9:1 (this is currently the third best TD:INT ratio for a single season by a quarterback).[49]

Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have combined to form the most successful quarterback-coach tandem in NFL history, winning 183 regular season games and 25 postseason games together,[50] as well as appearing in seven Super Bowls together. All of these events set new NFL records.[51]

2000 season

Brady was selected with pick #199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.[52] He and his family had believed that Brady would be drafted in the second or third round; they watched the draft on TV, stunned as six other quarterbacks were drafted before him. Brady was so embarrassed that he briefly left the family home during the sixth round, and cried when recalling the experience for an interview 11 years later. When the Patriots notified him that he would be drafted Brady was grateful that, he later said, he would not "have to be an insurance salesman".[53] According to Michael Holley's book Patriot Reign, the Patriots were considering Brady and Tim Rattay, both of whom had received positive reviews from then-quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein.[54] Ultimately, the Patriots front office chose Brady. Considering his subsequent success, many analysts have called Brady the best NFL draft pick of all time.[55][56][57][58]

Brady started the season as the fourth string quarterback, behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backups John Friesz and Michael Bishop; by season's end, he was number two on the depth chart behind Bledsoe.[59] During his rookie season, he was 1-of-3 passing, for six yards.[60] Tight end Rod Rutledge caught Brady's first and only pass of the season.[61]

2001 season

With Bledsoe as the starting quarterback, the Patriots opened the season with a 23–17 loss at Cincinnati.[60] In their second game and home opener on September 23, the Patriots squared off against their AFC East rivals, the New York Jets. Bledsoe was again the starter; in the fourth quarter, he suffered internal bleeding after a hit from Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. Bledsoe returned for the next series, but was replaced with Brady for the Patriots' final series of the game. New York would hold on to win, 10–3, and the Patriots fell to 0–2 on the season.[62] Brady was named the starter for the season's third game, against the Indianapolis Colts. In his first two games as starter, Brady posted unspectacular passer ratings of 79.6 and 58.7, respectively, in a 44–13 victory over the Colts (in their last season in the AFC East) and a 30–10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.[63]

In the Patriots' fifth game, Brady began to find his stride. Trailing the visiting San Diego Chargers 26–16 in the fourth quarter, he led the Patriots on two scoring drives to force overtime, and another in overtime to set up a winning field goal. Brady finished the game with 33 pass completions on 54 attempts, for 364 yards, and two touchdowns.[64] The following week, Brady again played well during the rematch at Indianapolis, with a passer rating of 148.3 in a 38–17 win.[65] The Patriots went on to win eleven of the fourteen games Brady started, and six straight to finish the regular season, winning the AFC East and entering the 2001–02 NFL playoffs with a first-round bye. Brady finished the 2001 season with 2,843 passing yards and 18 touchdowns and earned an invitation to the 2002 Pro Bowl.[60][66]

2001 postseason

In Brady's first playoff game, he threw for 312 yards against the Oakland Raiders and led the Patriots back from a ten-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game to overtime, where they won on an Adam Vinatieri field goal. A controversial play occurred in that game. Trailing by three points in the fourth quarter, Brady lost control of the ball after being hit by Raiders' cornerback Charles Woodson. Oakland initially recovered the ball, but, citing the "tuck rule," which states that any forward throwing motion by a quarterback begins a pass even if the quarterback loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body, referee Walt Coleman overturned the call on instant replay, ruling it an incomplete pass rather than a fumble.[67]

In the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brady injured his knee, and was relieved by Bledsoe.[68] The Patriots won the game and were immediately instituted by Las Vegas oddsmakers as 14-point underdogs against the NFC champion St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.[69]

Brady returned from his knee injury in the AFC Championship Game to start in Super Bowl XXXVI a week later in New Orleans. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Patriots played well, holding the Rams' high powered offense in check through the first three quarters. The Rams rallied from a 17–3 deficit to tie the game with 1:30 left in regulation. The Patriots then got the ball back at their own 17 yard line with no timeouts remaining. Sportscaster and former Super Bowl-winning coach John Madden said he thought the Patriots should run out the clock and try to win the game in overtime.[70] Instead, Brady drove the Patriots' offense down the field to the Rams 31 before spiking the ball with seven seconds left. Then kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20–17 win and their first ever league championship. Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI while throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, becoming the then-youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl.[71] A possible quarterback controversy was averted when Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills during the offseason; this event cemented Brady's status as the starting quarterback.

2002 season

Brady and the Patriots finished the year at 9–7, tied with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins for the best record in the division; however, the Jets won the division on the third tiebreaker, and the Patriots missed the playoffs.[72]

Though Brady posted a career-low single-season passer rating of 85.7 and a career high of 14 interceptions, he threw for a league-leading 28 touchdown passes and 921 more yards than in 2001.[63] However, Brady played much of the second half of the season with a shoulder injury, and New England head coach Bill Belichick later indicated that Brady would not have been able to play in their first playoff game if the Patriots had made the playoffs.

2003 season

After opening the 2003 NFL season with a 2–2 start, Brady led the Patriots to twelve consecutive victories to finish the regular season in winning the AFC East.[73] Statistically, Brady's strongest game of the season was against the Buffalo Bills, when he achieved a season-high quarterback rating of 122.9.[63] Brady finished with 3,620 passing yards and 23 touchdowns,[60] and was third in NFL MVP voting to co-winners Peyton Manning and Steve McNair.[74]

2003 postseason

In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. On February 1, 2004, Brady led the Patriots to a 32–29 victory over the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII and was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time. During the game, Brady threw for 354 yards with three touchdowns and set the record for most completions by a quarterback in a Super Bowl (32). With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied 29–29, Brady engineered a drive to put the Patriots in position for the game-winning field goal by Vinatieri.[75]

2004 season

Brady during Super Bowl XXXIX

During the 2004 season, Brady helped the Patriots set an NFL record with 21 straight wins dating from the previous year, an accomplishment honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (though for official records, the NFL considers it an 18-game regular season winning streak; it does not count playoff games).[76] New England finished 14–2, equaling their 2003 record and the best regular-season record ever for a defending champion.[77] The Patriots also won the AFC East divisional title for the third time in four years. Brady threw for 3,692 yards and 28 touchdowns, with a 92.6 passer rating, and was voted to his second Pro Bowl.[60]

2004 postseason

In the AFC playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to victories over the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers.[78] Brady played his best game of the year in Pittsburgh despite requiring intravenous treatment the previous night when he ran a temperature of 103°.[79] Against the NFL's best defense,[78] he recorded a quarterback passer rating of 130.5, his highest of the season.[63] On February 6, 2005, the Patriots narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 24–21, to win Super Bowl XXXIX. Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns[80] while capturing the Patriots' third championship in four years.

2005 season

During the 2005 season, injuries suffered by running backs Corey Dillon, Patrick Pass, and Kevin Faulk forced the Patriots to rely more on Brady's passing.[81][82] Brady also had to adjust to new center Russ Hochstein and running back Heath Evans. Brady finished first in the league with 4,110 passing yards and third in the league with 26 touchdowns.[60] At 92.3, his 2005 passer rating was the second-highest of his career at the time, although he equaled his career high for interceptions with 14.[63] He rushed for 89 yards and fumbled a career-low four times.[63] He and the Patriots finished with a 10–6 record, winning their third straight AFC East title.[83]

2005 postseason

In the playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to a 28–3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild card round; however, on January 14, 2006, the Patriots lost 27–13 to the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field. Brady threw for 341 yards in the game with one touchdown and two interceptions, in the first playoff loss of his career.[84] After the season's end, it was revealed that Brady had been playing with a sports hernia since December. Linebacker Willie McGinest commented on it and said he knew, but Brady continued playing.[85]

Brady on the sideline at Giants Stadium with teammates Randy Moss and Jabar Gaffney, after throwing for his record-breaking 50th passing touchdown of the 2007 season

2006 season

Brady led the Patriots to a 12–4 record and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs.[86] In the regular season, Brady threw for 3,529 yards and 24 touchdowns.[60] He was not among the players initially selected to the Pro Bowl,[87] although he was offered an injury-replacement selection when Philip Rivers was forced to withdraw (which he declined).[88]

2006 postseason

In the postseason, the Patriots first hosted their division rivals, the New York Jets, in the wild-card round. The Patriots defeated the Jets 37–16, as Brady went 22–34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.[89] In the divisional round, the Patriots traveled to San Diego to take on the Chargers. This was Brady's first playoff game in his home state of California. Brady and the Patriots struggled against the Chargers, whom many had picked as favorites to win Super Bowl XLI.[90] With eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots down by eight points, Brady and the Patriots started a key drive that would ultimately decide the game. After a 49-yard pass play to Reche Caldwell, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal gave the Patriots a 24–21 win.[91]

In the AFC Championship, the Patriots faced the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots and Colts had faced each other twice in the previous three postseasons at Foxborough; this game, however, was played at Indianapolis. The Patriots led at halftime, 21–6; however, the Colts staged a comeback, culminating in a last minute interception thrown by Brady, and the Patriots lost the game to the Colts, 34–38.[92]

2007 season

Playing with a dramatically overhauled receiver corps—in the 2007 offseason, the Patriots acquired wide receivers Donté Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington, and Randy Moss; tight end Kyle Brady; and running back Sammy Morris—Brady enjoyed what some sportswriters described as the one of the best seasons by a quarterback.[93][94] The average score of a 2007 Patriots regular season game would be 37–17 by the end of the year.[95] Brady led the Patriots to the first 16–0 regular season record in league history, outscoring opponents by more than a 2-to-1 margin, but also attained numerous career, franchise, and NFL records and milestones in the process. While away at Dallas, he had a career-high five passing touchdowns in a 48–27 win. The win tied him with Roger Staubach for the most wins ever by a starting quarterback in his first 100 regular-season games, with 76.[96] The next week, in part of a 49–28 win at Miami, he had yet another record day, with six passing touchdowns, setting a franchise record. He also had the first perfect passer rating of his career.[97] Two weeks later, as part of a come-from-behind 24–20 victory at Indianapolis, he threw for another three touchdowns, the ninth consecutive game in which he had done so, breaking Peyton Manning's NFL record of eight.[98] During the last game of the year, Brady threw two touchdown passes; his second touchdown was his 50th, breaking Peyton Manning's 2004 record of 49.[citation needed]

Brady in December 2007

Brady finished the season with 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, and only eight interceptions. It was unanimously voted the greatest passing season of all time by ESPN in 2013. His 50:8 touchdown to interception ratio was, at the time, an NFL record. He became the first quarterback to pass for 50 touchdowns in a season and his 117.2 passer rating is[when?] the fourth highest in a single season. His 8.7% touchdown passing percentage is[when?] the third highest ever in a season. He led the Patriots to becoming the first team to ever go undefeated in the regular season since the 16 game schedule was enforced and directed an offense that scored a then NFL record 589 points and 75 total touchdowns. Those records stood until they were eclipsed by the 2013 Denver Broncos. The team's 50 total touchdown passes is the fourth most ever in a season. For his efforts, Brady was named the Most Valuable Player of this season, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. He was also honored by the Associated Press as their Male Athlete of the Year, the first time an NFL player has been so honored since Joe Montana won the award in 1990.[99]

2007 postseason

In the Patriots' first playoff game, an AFC Divisional game against Jacksonville, Brady began the game with an NFL postseason record 16 consecutive completed passes, and finished the game with 26 completions in 28 attempts, a completion rate of 92.9%. That mark is the highest single-game completion percentage (for passers with at least 20 attempts) in NFL history, regular season or postseason.[100] With the win, the Patriots matched the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only team to win 17 consecutive games in one season.

Statistically, Brady did not fare as well in the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers, throwing three interceptions (including his first interception in the red zone since the playoff loss to Denver). Nevertheless, the Patriots won their 18th game of the season, 21–12, to advance to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons. Brady, with the 100th win of his career, also set an NFL record for the fewest games needed by a starting quarterback to do so: his 100–26 record is sixteen games better than Joe Montana's.[101] In Super Bowl XLII, Brady was pressured heavily and sacked five times. The Patriots did manage to take the lead with a Brady touchdown to Moss with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Giants were able to score a last-minute touchdown to upset the Patriots 17–14, taking away what would have been the first perfect season since the NFL expanded its regular season to 16 games.

Brady in action against the Washington Redskins on August 28, 2009.

2008 season

Brady did not play in any games during the 2008 preseason or in the 2008 Pro Bowl due to two different foot injuries.[102][103] In the Patriots' 2008 season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium, Brady's left knee was seriously injured midway through the first quarter on a hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard; he left the game and did not return. The team later confirmed that Brady would require surgery, and it would prematurely end his 2008 season.[104] Brady tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.[105] The injury ended Brady's streak of 111 consecutive starts (seventh in the list of most consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback, behind Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Ron Jaworski, and Joe Flacco).[106] Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction at the Los Angeles Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic October 6, using Brady's patellar tendon graft to replace the torn ligament, and also repaired his medial collateral ligament, through a separate incision in his left knee.[107] An infection in the wound resulted in further debridement surgery several times since the original procedure. Brady received IV antibiotics for this infection which, at the time, threatened to delay his rehab.[108][109] Despite Brady's absence, the Patriots managed to finish the 2008 season 11–5; however, due to tiebreakers, the Patriots not only failed to win the AFC East division title, but missed the playoffs altogether.

2009 season

Tom Brady in Landover, Maryland, on August 28, 2009, during warmups in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

In his first game in nearly a year, Brady threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns in the 2009 season opener against the Buffalo Bills. In the final minutes of the game, the Patriots were down 24–13 before Brady and tight end Benjamin Watson connected on two straight touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 25–24 win. Brady was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 13th time in his career for his performance.[110]

On October 18, 2009, in an early season snowstorm, Brady set an NFL record against the Tennessee Titans for most touchdowns in a single quarter, throwing five in the second quarter. Brady finished the game with six touchdowns, tying his career best, and 380 yards, completing 29 of 34 attempts, finishing with a nearly perfect passer rating of 152.8.[111] The Patriots' 59–0 victory over the Titans tied the record for the largest margin of victory since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger,[112] and set a record for largest halftime lead in NFL history (they led 45–0).

Brady would finish the 2009 regular season with 4,398 yards passing and 28 touchdowns for a 96.2 rating,[60] despite a broken right ring finger and three fractured ribs, all which were suffered over the course of the season.[113] He was selected as a reserve to the 2010 Pro Bowl and named the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.[114]

2009 postseason

Brady ended the 2009 season throwing 3 interceptions in a Wild Card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, 33–14, his first career home playoff loss, and the first playoff loss at home by a New England Patriots quarterback since 1978 (Andy Johnson).[115]

2010 season

On September 10, 2010, Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL. The extension included $48.5 million in guaranteed money.[116]

Brady became the quickest quarterback to achieve 100 regular season wins by helping his team defeat the Miami Dolphins 41–14 on October 4, 2010.[117]

In a 31–28 win over the Indianapolis Colts on November 21, 2010, Brady tied Brett Favre's record of winning 25 consecutive regular-season home starts.[118] Brady's last regular-season defeat at home was a 17–14 loss to the New York Jets on November 12, 2006.[119] On December 6, 2010, Brady engineered a 45–3 victory over the New York Jets and set an NFL record by winning 26 consecutive regular-season home starts.[120]

Brady threw for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions on the season.[60] He had a 111.0 passer rating; this gave him—at the time—two of the top five season ratings in NFL history and made him the first player to finish with a rating above 110 in two different seasons.[121]

Brady was selected as a starter to the 2011 Pro Bowl. However, he pulled out of the game (and was replaced by former backup Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs) after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot dating back to 2008.[122] Brady was also the only unanimous selection for the AP All-Pro Team and was named the 2010 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year. By unanimous decision, he won the MVP award for the second time in his career.[123]

2010 postseason

After earning the #1 seed and a bye week, the Patriots lost to the New York Jets in the divisional playoffs, 28–21. Brady finished the game 29 of 45 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. His one pick ended his NFL record of consecutive passes without an interception at 340.[124]

2011 season

In Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season, Brady threw for 517 yards, 4 touchdowns, and one interception in a game against the Miami Dolphins. This was the second time that he had thrown for 400 or more yards in a single game.[125][126]

In the regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills, Brady became the fourth quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a single season, finishing with 5,235; although Brady surpassed Dan Marino's longstanding record of 5,084 passing yards, he finished the season second in passing yards behind only Drew Brees's 5,476.[60] In the end, the Patriots finished the season 13–3 and clinched the AFC's #1 seed.

2011 postseason

There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady. He's the best. He does so much for us in so many ways on so many different levels. I'm very fortunate that he's our quarterback and what he's able to do for this team. It's good to win with him and all the rest of our players. If that's more than somebody else did, I don't really care about that.[127]

Bill Belichick

In the Patriots' 45–10 rout of the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round, Brady set a personal postseason best with 363 passing yards, and tied an NFL playoff record shared by Daryle Lamonica and Steve Young, throwing for 6 touchdown passes.[128] The win, his first postseason win since January 2008, gave Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick sole possession of the NFL record for postseason wins by a quarterback-head coach combo with 15.[129] In the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 36 games, though he did pass for 239 yards and scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown late in the game. The Patriots were the beneficiaries of a missed field goal from Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff that saw Brady and the Patriots reach their fifth Super Bowl since Brady joined the team.[130] In Super Bowl XLVI, Brady and the Patriots met the New York Giants in a rematch of their Super Bowl XLII meeting four years earlier. Brady played well, leading a Super Bowl record-tying 96-yard touchdown drive to close the first half and at one point completing 16 passes in a row for a 20/23 mark partway into the third quarter, another Super Bowl record. Brady threw two touchdowns against one interception, and was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving up a crucial safety to the Giants. A final score of 21–17 for the Giants prevented Brady from winning his fourth Super Bowl.[131]

2012 season

Brady started all 16 regular season games of the 2012 NFL season and led the Patriots to a 12–4 record. The Patriots scored 557 total points, the third highest in league history and Brady became the first quarterback to lead his team to 10 division titles. With that point total, the Patriots became the first team to score at least 500 points in a season four different times, with Brady leading all four squads (another record). He finished the season with 4,827 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, only 8 interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.7. It was Brady's third straight season throwing for over 30 touchdowns.[132]

2012 postseason

Brady also started both Patriots playoff games, winning against the Houston Texans. With the victory, Brady surpassed Joe Montana for most career playoff wins, with 17. The Patriots were then upset by the eventual Super Bowl champ Baltimore Ravens, 28–13 in the AFC championship.

On February 25, 2013, Brady and the Patriots agreed on a three-year contract extension, which will keep him with the team through 2017.[133] Peter King called it an "amazing" deal, as Brady took just $27 million in new money over the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons, and also noted that it reflected Patriots owner Robert Kraft's desire to make sure that Brady retired as a Patriot.[134]

2013 season

Brady and the Patriots began the season with much upheaval on the offensive side of the ball. Rob Gronkowski was injured and Aaron Hernandez was arrested. Wes Welker departed to the Denver Broncos, Danny Woodhead left in free agency for the San Diego Chargers, and Brandon Lloyd was released from the team. In order to replace the five players, the Patriots signed Danny Amendola in free agency, drafted rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, and signed undrafted rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins. In the first two games of the season, Brady completed 52% of his passes and had three touchdowns and one interception.

Brady during the 2013 season

Brady was in pursuit of Drew Brees' record of at least one touchdown in 54 consecutive regular season games and saw the streak end at 52 games in a Week 5 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. In a Week 6 game against the Saints, the Patriots struggled in the first half and bounced back in the second with Brady passing for 269 yards with a touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins as time expired to pull out the win over the Saints.

In Week 11, Brady faced-off against Peyton Manning for the fourteenth time in his career. After going to the half trailing by 24 points, Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points. The Patriots won after a muffed punt in overtime when Stephen Gostkowski scored a field goal. With a Week 16 win over the Ravens, Brady collected his 147th win as a starting quarterback to tie Dan Marino for fourth place all time, and the following week he defeated the Bills to tie John Elway for third place.

2013 postseason

Brady's Patriots finished the season 12–4, to earn the second seed in the AFC and a first-round bye. In the Divisional Round matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Brady made his 25th playoff appearance, breaking Brett Favre's career record for playoff appearances by a quarterback (Jerry Rice appeared in 29 playoff games). The following week, the Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship, eliminating Brady and the Patriots from the playoffs.

2014 season

Brady in September 2014 against the Vikings.

Brady started the 2014 season with a 33–20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It was Brady's first opening day loss since 2003. Brady was good for 241 yards and a touchdown in the loss. New England rebounded against the Minnesota Vikings, but Brady struggled, throwing for 149 yards and a touchdown in a 30–7 win. Against the Oakland Raiders Brady was pressured all day, but threw for 234 yards and a touchdown in 16–9 win. After a humiliating 41–14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady led New England to back-to-back wins against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills. Brady then defeated the New York Jets with a 261-yard performance that included 3 touchdowns. The following week, a 51–23 embarrassment of the Chicago Bears saw Brady throw for 354 yards and a season-high 5 touchdowns. After passing for 333 yards, and 257 yards in his next two games against the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts respectively, Brady defeated the Detroit Lions 34–9 with 349 passing yards and 2 touchdowns against only one interception. The Patriots winning streak was put to the test against the Green Bay Packers in week 13. Down 13–0 early, Brady threw for 2 touchdowns, no picks, and 245 yards. Still down 26–21, Brady was unable to give the Patriots their 8th consecutive victory. After trailing 14–3 at the San Diego Chargers, Brady rallied his team with 317 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and only one interception, to a 23–14 comeback win. Brady clinched his NFL record 12th AFC East division title with 287 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. Brady struggled in his final two games, throwing for only 182 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in 17–16 victory against the Jets, and 80 yards in one half of the final regular season game against the Buffalo Bills, a 17–9 loss, though Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and three starting offensive linemen did not play either the entirety or the majority of the final game, and Brady only played in the first half.[135]

2014 postseason

In a 35–31 Divisional Round win over the Ravens, Brady threw for three touchdowns and ran in a fourth, breaking Curtis Martin's club record for rushing touchdowns in the playoffs; Brady also broke Joe Montana's record for playoff touchdowns with 46. After the Ravens scored on their first two possessions, the Patriots were quickly down 14–0. Brady led New England on an 8 play, 78 yard drive, and ran for a score to cut the Raven lead to 14–7. In the second quarter, Brady's 15 yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola tied the score at 14–14. After getting the ball back, Brady threw an interception at the end of the first half. Joe Flacco capitalized on it by throwing an 11-yard touchdown strike to tight end Owen Daniels to give Baltimore a 21–14 halftime lead. Down 28–14, Brady engineered an 80-yard drive, culminating in a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski to cut the lead to 28–21. The Patriots tied the game once again at 28 off of a trick play where Brady passed laterally to Julian Edelman who then threw a 51-yard touchdown to Danny Amendola. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker drilled a 25-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 31–28 4th quarter lead. Brady got the ball back, and threw a 23-yard touchdown to Brandon LaFell to give the Patriots their first lead, up 35–31. After a Duron Harmon interception and a Joe Flacco Hail Mary attempt failed, Brady clinched his record 9th AFC Championship Game, fourth straight, and the third championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. After a 45–7 blowout, Brady advanced to play in his sixth Super Bowl, breaking a tie with John Elway for most career Super Bowl appearances by a quarterback. In Super Bowl XLIX, Brady completed 37–50 passes for 328 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He guided a 10-point 4th quarter comeback as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to give Brady his fourth Super Bowl ring, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl victories by a starting quarterback. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time, tying Montana's record for most Super Bowl MVP awards. Brady's 37 completed passes in the game set a Super Bowl record at the time, which would be broken by Brady himself in Super Bowl LI two years later.[136]

2015 season

2015 offseason

On May 6, 2015, the NFL published a 243-page report regarding the deflation of footballs used in the previous season's AFC Championship Game.[137] The report concluded that, more likely than not, Brady was at least generally aware of the intentional deflation. On May 11, Brady was suspended for four games by the NFL for his involvement based on "substantial and credible evidence" that Brady knew Patriots employees were deflating footballs and that he failed to cooperate with the investigators.[138] On May 11, Troy Vincent—NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations—penned a letter to Brady that stated in part: "Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football."[139] Vincent's letter further stated: "With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots' employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge. Moreover, the report documents your failure to cooperate fully and candidly with the investigation, including by refusing to produce any relevant electronic evidence (emails, texts, etc.), despite being offered extraordinary safeguards by the investigators to protect unrelated personal information, and by providing testimony that the report concludes was not plausible and contradicted by other evidence."[139] Brady, through the NFL Players Association, officially appealed the suspension on May 14.[140]

On July 28, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the upholding of Brady's four game suspension.[141] Brady gave permission to the NFLPA to appeal the suspension in federal court.[142] Goodell cited Brady's destruction of his cell phone as a critical factor in his decision to uphold Brady's suspension.[143][144] The NFL also filed papers in federal court seeking to confirm Roger Goodell's decision.[145] On July 29 Brady released a statement on his Facebook page that criticized Goodell's decision to uphold the suspension, saying in part "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either... I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight."[146][147]

Commentary on the initial punishment was mixed. Bleacher Report writer Mike Freeman made a statement agreeing with Goodell's decision, saying the penalties were "brutal, but it deserved to be."[148] Various commentators also implied that the prior reputation of the Patriots organization as a team that bends rules appeared to factor into the harshness of the punishment.[148][149] Others described the punishment as "firm but fair".[150]

On September 3, 2015, Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated Brady's suspension; this ruling allowed Brady to play in the first four games of the 2015 NFL season. In his decision, Judge Berman cited the NFL's failure to provide proper notice to Brady of the charges against him and the potential for a suspension.[151] Post-appeal commentary also criticized Goodell for "manipulating Brady's testimony" at the appeal hearing in his decision.[152]

2015 regular season

In the NFL Kickoff Game, Brady led the Patriots to a 28–21 win over the Steelers. He threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots' victory was the 161st victory of Brady's career, all with the Patriots, which surpassed the record held by former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre for most regular season wins by a starting quarterback with a single team. In Week 2, Brady followed up his Week 1 performance by throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns against the Bills. Through the first five games of the season, Brady threw a total of 14 touchdowns with one interception and had a quarterback rating of 118.4.[153]

Despite Brady's success, the Patriots were hit by many injuries to key players on offense, including wide receiver Julian Edelman, and the Patriots eventually lost their first game against the Broncos, who were without Peyton Manning, in Denver on the Sunday after Thanksgiving following a 10–0 start. The Patriots then lost three of their remaining five games to finish 12–4 for a fourth straight season, tied with the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos for the AFC's best record. Denver clinched the No. 1 seed due to their victories over both the Patriots and the Bengals, while the Patriots finished with the AFC's No. 2 seed due to having a better record against common opponents than Cincinnati. Brady finished the regular season with a league-leading 36 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He was named to his 11th Pro Bowl (seventh straight), and was ranked as the second best player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 behind only league MVP Cam Newton.[154]

2015 postseason

With a healthy Julian Edelman returning from a foot injury, the Patriots defeated the Chiefs in the divisional round by a score of 27–20 after advancing with a first round bye. The Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship at Mile High Stadium to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It was the 17th and final meeting between Brady and his rival Peyton Manning, as Manning would announce his retirement after the season ended. The Broncos' top-ranked defense harassed Brady, who completed 27 of 56 passes with two interceptions and a touchdown, all day, and the Patriots eventually lost the game 20–18 after a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt failed with 17 seconds left in regulation.[155]

2016 season

2016 offseason

On February 29, 2016, Brady signed a two-year contract extension covering the 2018 and 2019 seasons.[156]

Three days later, the NFL appealed Judge Richard M. Berman's 2015 decision to vacate Brady's four-game suspension as punishment for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal. At the March 3, 2016 hearing in New York City the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit questioned Players Association lawyer Jeffrey L. Kessler more intensely than NFL lawyer Paul Clement, with Circuit Judge Denny Chin even stating that "the evidence of ball tampering is compelling, if not overwhelming."[157]

On April 25, 2016, Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to block Brady's four-game suspension was overturned by the U.S. Appeals Court.[158][159] Circuit Judge Barrington Daniels Parker Jr., joined by Circuit Judge Chin, wrote that they could not "second-guess" the arbitration but were merely determining it "met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947".[160] Circuit Chief Judge Robert Katzmann dissented, writing that the NFL's fines for using stickum was "highly analogous" and that here "the Commissioner was doling out his own brand of industrial justice."[161]

On May 23, 2016, Brady appealed for his case to be reheard by the full U.S. 2nd Circuit Court.[162] The 2nd Circuit Court denied Brady's request for an en banc hearing on July 13.[163] Two days later, on Friday, July 15, 2016, Brady announced on his Facebook page that he would give up his Deflategate fight and accept his suspension for the first four regular season games of the 2016 season. Prior to Brady's suspension, he had not missed a single regular season or postseason game since the start of the 2009 season.

2016 regular season

After serving his four-game suspension, Brady made his 2016 season debut on October 9 on the road against the Cleveland Browns; he completed 28 of 40 passes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 33–13 Patriots victory. In his first home game of the season the following week, Brady completed 29 of 35 passes for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 35–17 Patriots victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. In Week 7, Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns as New England defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–16. The next week, the Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 41–25, with Brady completing 22 of 33 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Brady's outstanding numbers during his first four games following the suspension earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award for October.[164]

Following a bye week, Brady and the Patriots faced the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 10 rematch of Super Bowl XLIX. Brady completed 23 of 32 passes for 316 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns in a 31–24 loss that saw the two teams trade leads seven different times. In Week 11, Brady completed 24 of 40 passes for 280 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 30–17 road win against his childhood team, the San Francisco 49ers. Brady's performance against San Francisco earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 11.[165] Those four touchdown passes also gave him 444 career regular season touchdown passes with one team, breaking the record previously held by Brett Favre. The following week, Tom Brady completed 30 of 50 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in a 22–17 road victory against the New York Jets. The win was also the Patriots' 500th victory (including playoffs) in franchise history. During this victory, Brady also became the fifth quarterback to record 60,000 career regular season passing yards, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, and Dan Marino. The following week, Brady completed 33 of 46 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown as the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 26–10. The Patriots' win against the Rams gave Brady his 201st career victory, including playoff games, breaking Peyton Manning's record of 200.[166] In Week 14, Brady completed 25 of 38 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during a 30–23 victory against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.[167]

The next week, Brady completed 16 of 32 passes for 188 yards in a 16–3 victory in Denver. With this victory, the Patriots clinched an eighth consecutive AFC East title and a seventh consecutive first-round bye in the playoffs, both NFL records.[168] On December 20, 2016, Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth straight season and 12th time overall.[169] In Week 16, Brady threw for 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions as he led the Patriots to a 41–3 win over the Jets.[170] In Week 17, Brady threw for 25 of 33 passes for 276 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 35–14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale that gave the Patriots home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.[171] Brady's 276 yards against Miami moved him ahead of former Miami quarterback Dan Marino into fourth place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list. Brady's three touchdowns against Miami also gave him 28 passing touchdowns against two interceptions for the regular season. This broke Nick Foles's 27:2 TD:INT ratio which was set in 2013.[172] Brady was named to the AP All-Pro Second Team, behind Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, who was named to the AP All-Pro First Team.[173]

2016 postseason

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Brady hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time in his career after winning Super Bowl LI.

Brady and the Patriots began their postseason run in the Divisional round, hosting the Houston Texans, who had the league's No. 1 total defense. Brady completed 18 of 38 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions as the Patriots won 34–16, clinching a record sixth consecutive trip to the AFC Championship Game.[174] The Patriots then defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36–17. Against the Steelers, Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. The win gave Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick their record seventh conference title as a quarterback–head coach tandem, and the Patriots an NFL record nine Super Bowl appearances.[175]

Brady and the Patriots faced the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons—who boasted the league's highest scoring offense—in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 5, 2017. During the game, Brady threw 43 completions on 62 attempts for 466 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. His 43 pass completions, 62 pass attempts, and 466 passing yards all set new single game Super Bowl records. After trailing 28–3 midway through the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game at the end of regulation. This resulted in the first overtime in the history of the Super Bowl. After winning the overtime coin toss, the Patriots elected to receive the ball and marched down the field to score a touchdown and win the game 34–28, completing the largest comeback win in both team history and Super Bowl history. With the victory, Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, which tied defensive player Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl victories won by a player, and he became the first quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP for his clutch performance. This was the fourth time that Brady had won the award, giving him more career Super Bowl MVP awards than any other player in NFL history. After the game, it was discovered that Brady's jersey had gone missing.[176] The FBI in collaboration with Mexican authorities found the jersey in the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a Mexican tabloid writer, along with Brady's jersey from Super Bowl XLIX.

NFL career statistics

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NFL record
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Regular season

New England Patriots
Year Team Games Passing[177] Rushing Sacked Fumbles Record
G GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck Yds Fum Lost W-L
2000 NE 1 0 1 3 33.3 6 2.0 0 0 42.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0
2001 NE 15 14 264 413 63.9 2,843 6.9 18 12 86.5 36 43 1.2 0 41 216 12 3 11–3
2002 NE 16 16 373 601 62.1 3,764 6.3 28 14 85.7 42 110 2.6 1 31 190 11 5 9–7
2003 NE 16 16 317 527 60.2 3,620 6.9 23 12 85.9 42 63 1.5 1 32 219 13 5 14–2
2004 NE 16 16 288 474 60.8 3,692 7.8 28 14 92.6 43 28 0.7 0 26 162 7 5 14–2
2005 NE 16 16 334 530 63.0 4,110 7.8 26 14 92.3 27 89 3.3 1 26 188 4 3 10–6
2006 NE 16 16 319 516 61.8 3,529 6.8 24 12 87.9 49 102 2.1 0 26 175 12 4 12–4
2007 NE 16 16 398 578 68.9 4,806 8.3 50 8 117.2 37 98 2.6 2 21 128 6 4 16–0
2008 NE 1 1 7 11 63.6 76 6.9 0 0 83.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1–0
2009 NE 16 16 371 565 65.7 4,398 7.8 28 13 96.2 29 44 1.5 1 16 86 4 2 10–6
2010 NE 16 16 324 492 65.9 3,900 7.9 36 4 111.0 31 30 1.0 1 25 175 3 1 14–2
2011 NE 16 16 401 611 65.6 5,235 8.6 39 12 105.6 43 109 2.5 3 32 173 6 2 13–3
2012 NE 16 16 401 637 63.0 4,827 7.6 34 8 98.7 23 32 1.4 4 27 182 2 0 12–4
2013 NE 16 16 380 628 60.5 4,343 6.9 25 11 87.3 32 18 0.6 0 40 256 9 3 12–4
2014 NE 16 16 373 582 64.1 4,109 7.1 33 9 97.4 36 57 1.6 0 21 134 6 3 12–4
2015 NE 16 16 402 624 64.4 4,770 7.6 36 7 102.2 34 53 1.6 3 38 225 6 2 12–4
2016 NE 12 12 291 432 67.4 3,554 8.2 28 2 112.2 28 64 2.3 0 15 87 5 0 11–1
Total‡ 237 235 5,244 8,224 63.8 61,582 7.5 456 152 97.2 532 940 1.8 17 417 2,596 106 42 183–52

‡ Career totals accurate as of the end of the 2016 regular season.


New England Patriots
Passing[178] Rushing Sacks Fumbles Record
Year Team G GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck Yds Fum Lost W/L
2001 NE 3 3 60 97 61.9 572 5.9 1 1 77.3 8 22 2.8 1 5 36 1 0 3–0
2003 NE 3 3 75 126 59.5 792 6.3 5 2 84.5 12 18 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 3–0
2004 NE 3 3 55 81 67.9 587 7.2 5 0 109.4 7 3 0.4 1 0 0 1 1 3–0
2005 NE 2 2 35 63 55.6 542 8.6 4 2 92.2 3 8 2.7 0 4 12 2 0 1–1
2006 NE 3 3 70 119 58.8 724 6.1 5 4 76.5 8 18 2.2 0 4 22 2 0 2–1
2007 NE 3 3 77 109 70.6 737 6.8 6 3 96.0 4 −1 −0.2 0 8 52 1 1 2–1
2009 NE 1 1 23 42 54.8 154 3.7 2 3 49.1 0 0 0 0 3 22 1 1 0–1
2010 NE 1 1 29 45 64.4 299 6.6 2 1 89.0 2 2 1.0 0 5 40 1 0 0–1
2011 NE 3 3 75 111 67.6 878 7.9 8 4 100.4 9 10 1.1 1 3 15 0 0 2–1
2012 NE 2 2 54 94 57.4 664 7.1 4 2 84.7 3 4 1.3 0 1 9 0 0 1–1
2013 NE 2 2 37 63 58.7 475 7.5 1 0 87.7 3 6 2.0 1 4 34 1 0 1–1
2014 NE 3 3 93 135 68.9 921 6.8 10 4 100.3 9 13 1.4 1 3 16 0 0 3–0
2015 NE 2 2 55 98 56.1 612 6.2 3 2 76.6 9 19 2.1 1 4 18 0 0 1–1
2016 NE 3 3 93 142 65.5 1,137 8.0 7 3 97.7 9 13 1.4 0 9 42 0 0 3–0
Total‡ 34 34 831 1,325 62.7 9,094 6.8 63 31 89.1 86 135 1.6 6 53 318 10 3 25–9

‡ Career totals accurate as of the end of Super Bowl LI.

Super Bowl

Super Bowl statistics
Passing[179] Rushing Result Record
Year SB Team Opp Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD FInal Score W-L
2001 XXXVI NE STL 16 27 59.3 145 5.4 1 0 86.2 1 3 3.0 0 W 20-17 1-0
2003 XXXVIII NE CAR 32 48 66.7 354 7.4 3 1 100.5 2 12 6.0 0 W 32-29 1-0
2004 XXXIX NE PHI 23 33 69.7 236 7.2 2 0 110.2 1 −1 −1.0 0 W 24-21 1-0
2007 XLII NE NYG 29 48 60.4 266 5.5 1 0 82.5 0 0 0 0 L 17-14 0-1
2011 XLVI NE NYG 27 41 65.9 276 6.7 2 1 91.5 0 0 0 0 L 21-17 0-1
2014 XLIX NE SEA 37 50 74.0 328 6.6 4 2 101.1 2 −3 −1.5 0 W 28-24 1-0
2016 LI NE ATL 43 62 69.4 466 7.5 2 1 95.2 1 15 15.0 0 W 34-28 1-0
Career 7 207 309 67.0 2,071 6.7 15 5 95.3 7 26 3.7 0 5-2

NFL records

Playoffs (career)

  • Most games played: 34[180][181]
  • Most games started by a quarterback: 34
  • Most games won by a starting quarterback: 25
  • Most consecutive wins, playoffs, by a starting quarterback: 10 (2001, 2003–2005)
  • Most consecutive wins to start a career, post-season, by a starting quarterback: 10 (2001, 2003–2005)
  • Most career home wins, post-season, by a starting quarterback: 15 (2001–2016)
  • Most consecutive home wins, post-season, by a starting quarterback: 8 (2001–2007), tied with Jim Kelly
  • Most touchdown passes: 63
  • Most passing yards: 9,094
  • Most passes completed: 831
  • Most passes attempted: 1,325
  • Most division titles won by a starting quarterback: 14
  • Most NFL conference championship appearances by a starting quarterback: 11
  • Most NFL conference championship wins by a starting quarterback: 7
  • Most career 300+ passing yard games, post-season: 12

Super Bowl (career)

  • Most touchdown passes: 15[182]
  • Most passing yards: 2,071
  • Most passes completed: 207
  • Most passes attempted: 309
  • Most wins as starting QB: 5
  • Most passes completed in first half of a single Super Bowl: 20 (XLIX)
  • Most passes completed in a single Super Bowl: 43 (LI)
  • Most passes attempted in a single Super Bowl: 62 (LI)
  • Most passing yards in a single Super Bowl: 466 (LI)
  • Most Super Bowl appearances: 7[183]

Personal life

Brady riding a bicycle for charity at the Best Buddies Ride in Hyannis, Massachusetts in May 2009

Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan from 2004 until late 2006.[184] On February 18, 2007, Moynahan confirmed to People magazine that she was more than three months pregnant with Brady's child.[184][185] Brady and Moynahan ended their relationship sometime in early December 2006, around the time Moynahan became pregnant.[186] John Edward Thomas Moynahan,[187] was born on August 22, 2007, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California,[188] John's middle names are Brady's own first and middle names in reverse order, while Moynahan's father's first name is Edward.

Brady began dating Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen in December 2006.[189] In 2009, Brady revealed they had been set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.[190] Brady and Bündchen married on February 26, 2009, in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California.[191] Together, they have two children: a son named Benjamin Rein was born December 8, 2009, and a daughter named Vivian Lake was born December 5, 2012.

Brady has been featured as a guest star on some popular television programs, hosting Saturday Night Live in 2005[192] and voicing himself on The Simpsons in 2005 ("Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass") and Family Guy in 2006 ("Patriot Games"); both football-themed episodes were broadcast within a week of that year's Super Bowl.[193][194] In 2009, he appeared as himself in a sixth season episode of Entourage. In 2015, he had cameo appearances as fictionalized versions of himself in the Entourage movie and Ted 2.

Brady and baseball player Kevin Youkilis became brothers-in-law in 2012, when Youkilis married Brady's sister Julie.[195]

In 2007, he was a model for the Stetson cologne.[196] Brady has endorsed brands including Uggs, Under Armour, Movado, and Glaceau Smartwater. According to Forbes, he earned about $7 million from endorsements alone in 2014.[197][198][199] In 2016, he began appearing in a Beautyrest Black commercial campaign for Simmons Bedding Company.[200] In 2016, he launched his own line of vegan snacks.[201]


Brady is a friend of President Donald Trump;[202][203] in 2017, Brady indicated he had known Trump "for 16 years".[204] At a political event in New Hampshire on the day before the 2016 presidential election, Trump said he had received a call from Brady, and that Brady told him "Donald, I support you, you're my friend, and I voted for you." However, after Gisele Bündchen was asked directly on Instagram whether she and Brady backed Trump, Bündchen answered "NO!"[205] After a Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" cap was photographed in Brady's locker, Brady said that Bündchen told him not to discuss politics anymore, which he thought was a "good decision".[206]

While there has been speculation that Brady would run for political office in the future,[207] in a 2015 interview he stated he had no interest in doing so.[208][209][210]

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