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The Story of a Man Named Brady...

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Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California. He went to high school at San Mateo's Serra High where he earned Blue Chip Illustrated and Prep Football Report All-American selections. He also added all-state and All-Far West honors, as well as the Team's Most Valuable player award.

He was a two sport letterman, earning two letters in both football and baseball. He completed 236 of 447 passes (52,8%) for 3,702 yards and 31 touchdowns during his high school career.

Brady was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft as a catcher by the Montreal Expos, but went on to college at the University of Michigan where he played football and recorded a 20-5 record as a two-year starter and majored in organizational studies.

In his first season at Michigan he was a redshirt freshman, and was also a redshirt as a sophmore where he served as Brian Griese's back-up during the Wolverines National Championship season.

But in his junior season he earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention, as well as Academic All-Big Ten Pick. In his first year as the full-time starter he completed 214 of 350 passes (61.1%) for 2,636 yards and 15 touchdowns. Only Jim Harbaugh threw for more yards in a season for the Wolverines. Brady also set a school record for most attempts (350) and completions (214) in a season.

In 1999 he earned All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection honors and completed 214-of-341 passes (62.8%) for 2,586 yards, 20 touchdowns, an only six interceptions. Only Elvis Grbac (21 in '90, 25 in '91) had more touchdowns in a season for the Wolverines. His 2,586 yards rank third on the school's season-record list. Brady closed out his college career completing 34-of-46 throws for 369-yards, with touchdowns of 27,57, and 20 yards including a game-winning 25-yard scoring strike in overtime as the Wolverines rallied for a 35-24 decision over Alabama in the Orange bowl.

Following his senior season Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 6th round (199th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He is currently the starting quarterback after replacing franchise QB Drew Bledsoe who sustained a serious injury that resulted in internal bleeding in week 2 of the 2001 season.

Vital Stats

Full Name: Thomas Edward Brady, Jr.

Date of Birth: August 3, 1977

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 220 lbs.

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Parents: Tom, Sr. and Galynn

Siblings: Maureen, Julie, Nancy

Residence: Franklin, Massachusetts

Off-Season Residence: San Mateo, California

High School Attended: Serra High School

College Attended: University of Michigan

College Major: Organizational Studies (GPA 3.3)

NFL Draft: Sixth round (199th overall) - 2000

Marital Status: Single

Residence: Franklin, MA; Portola Drive-San Mateo, CA

Car of choice: Dodge Ram, Dogde Dart, Cadillac Escalade (new MVP car)

First football experience: 9th Grade linebacker

Favorite book: Along Came A Spider

Nickname: Tommy

Most impressive person he's met: Gerald Ford

Favorite movie: Braveheart

Lefty or Righty: Lefty

Favorite food: Onion Rings

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Musical group: U2

Person he would most like to meet is: Heidi Klum

Favorite quote: Lead me, follow me or get the heck out of the way.

Motto is: JUST WIN

Autobiography Title: Here's a story....of a man named Brady

Toughest NFL opponent: Charles Woodson

Craziest Ambition: Become U.S. Senator

Football hero: Joe Montana

Pre-game superstitions/rituals: Singing Songs

Greatest Player: Joe Montana (without a doubt)

Hobbies: Golfing, reading, sleeping

If he lost all his possessions except one: his lucky coin

Trip to: Italy

Did You Know?

* Pompous circumstance It's fast times at Serra High. The San Mateo, Calif., parochial school has this alumni update, just in the past six months: . Tom Brady (Class of '95) quarterbacked New England to an upset Super Bowl victory and was voted game MVP; . Barry Bonds (Class of '82) of the San Francisco Giants broke Mark McGwire's season home-run record with 73 and was voted National League MVP for a record fourth time; and . Lynn Swann (Class of '70), the former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and a former Super Bowl MVP, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I think that it would be safe to say that (Serra) has had the most prolific year for alumni ever," Serra football coach Patrick Walsh wrote in a letter to Sports Illustrated. "Not bad for a little school in a sleepy suburb like San Mateo."

* He also became the fifth quarterback since 1970 to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in only his first year as a starter. And he is the only QB in Patriots history to win 11 of his first 14 starts.

* He was the third-youngest quarterback (24 1/2 years old) to start in a Super Bowl (behind Dan Marino and David Woodley)

* Weight aside, that's the same quarterback MacKenzie knew in San Mateo. "That's the secret to his success. He hasn't really changed at all," MacKenzie said. "Everything that he does well and that people have talked about have just increased. His focus and concentration have gotten better. His commitment has only gotten stronger. He's always had that great heart. "Probably the biggest change, if I had to say one thing, is that he's just a lot more patient with himself now." Whereas pro scouts might have questioned Brady's durability, no one doubted his intelligence. At Serra High, he carried a 3.5 grade-point average and drew interest from 75 or more colleges. "When you talk to most youth, they're there, but they're not listening. They don't apply what you're telling them," said Tom Martinez, a quarterback guru who has tutored Brady since the ninth grade. "My pleasure with him was that he was all ears. He'd listen to what I said, would go off, then come back improved a bunch." The arm strength, however, came out of nowhere. Martinez thought back to Brady's junior year, when the chunky kid had grown tall and thin. "All of a sudden the ball came in like a man," Martinez said. "All of a sudden he wasn't little Tommy Brady." Those who know Brady well, however, said he is still is the humble, All-American guy he always has been. That image remained intact despite the success and the media circus surrounding the sporting world's biggest event. Brady has done and said all the right things this week. "He is that guy that you'd want your daughter to marry," said Damon Huard, the Patriots' third-string quarterback. "He's got that smile on his face, he's really, really easygoing, he's real genuine." Martinez and MacKenzie doubt that ever will change. They also expect the success to continue. "If he were a flash in the pan, you wouldn't have the kind of games Tom Brady is having," Mackenzie said of New England's playoff run. "He proved over the last 16 games that he belonged in the NFL. And he's proved he and his team belong in the Super Bowl."

* Cinderella by the Numbers 2 - Quarterbacks, other than Brady, who led their teams to the Superbowl in their first year as starters. Vince Ferragamo took the LA Rams to Superbowl XIV, against the Steelers, and Kurt Warner guided the St. Louis Rams to a berth in Superbowl XXXIV, against the Titans.

6 - Quarterbacks who where picked ahead of Brady in the 2000 draft. That group comprised Chad Pennington(Jets), Giovanni Carmazzi (49ers), Chris Redman (Ravens), Tee Martin (Steelers), Marc Bulger (Saints), and Spergon Wynn(Browns).

58 - Combined completions in 2001 of the six quarterbacks who were drafted ahead of Brady in the 2000 draft.

264 - Completions by Brady in 2001

4 - Straight games -week 9 through week 12- in which Brady completed at least 70% of his passes. Only Joe Montana (8) has completed at least 70% of his passes in more consecutive games.

162 - Passes thrown by Brady in 2001 before he was intercepted for the first time, an NFL record.

643,750 - Dollars, per game, that Drew Bledsoe makes as part of the 10-year, $103 million contract that he signed before the 2001 season.

298,000 - Dollars, this season, that Brady made in base salary.

* Drew Henson, Tom Brady's former competition and pal at Michigan, has exposed Brady to Patriots fans. "Tom Brady is a huge Yankees fan," said Henson. "You can write that." Brady used to wear Yankee hats around the Patriots locker room until someone told him not to. He now wears Red Sox and SF Giants caps. Brady is sure to take grief for his SI cover, in which he has his shirt off. "With that body, why would you take your shirt off?" said one teammate.

* In 2000, Brady signed a three-year contract, with a signing bonus of $38,500 -- less than the $49,250 sticker price of the Cadillac Escalade EXT he got for being the Super Bowl MVP.

* Brady's base salary for 2001 was $298,000. Drew Bledsoe's base salary for 2001 is $3.4 million. Third-stringer Damon Huard made $525,000.

* The Patriots' 2001 media guide devotes 26 pages to Bledsoe. Brady has three-quarters of one page.

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