Birthplace: San Mateo, California
Best known as: Quarterback of the New England Patriots and two-time Super Bowl MVP
Quarterback Tom Brady has three times led the New England Patriots to the championship of the National Football League.
In only his second year in the league, Brady replaced injured starting QB Drew Bledsoe in the second game of the 2001 season and remained the starter the rest of the year. With Brady at the helm, the Patriots scored a 20-17 upset victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in February 2002. Brady was named the Super Bowl's most valuable player and became the youngest starting quarterback ever to win the Super Bowl.
In 2004 the Patriots were back in Super Bowl XXXVIII, and again Brady was named the game's MVP as he led the Patriots to a 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers. In 2005 Brady and the Patriots again went to the big game, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX. He was named the most valuable player of the NFL in 2007, when the Patriots had a perfect 16-0 record in the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
In the season opener of 2008 he injured his knee and missed the entire season. He was replaced that year by backup Matt Cassel, but returned for the 2009 season. He signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension before the start of the 2010 season, paying him $18 million per season with a total of $48.5 million guaranteed. That made Brady the NFL's highest-paid player (at that moment, at least) and assured that he would stay with the Patriots through the 2014 season.
Extra credit: Brady attended the University of Michigan and was a 6th-round pick in the 2000 NFL draft... He wears #12 and throws right-handed... Before Brady, the youngest starting QB to win a Super Bowl was Joe Montana... Drew Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills in April of 2002, leaving Brady as the Patriots' starting QB... Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX... Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan from 2003-2006. The pair broke up late in 2006, and Brady was dating model Gisele Bündchen in February of 2007 when Moynahan announced she was three months pregnant with Brady's child. The child, a boy named John Edward Thomas Moynahan, was born on 22 August 2007; Bündchen and Brady were married 26 February 2009 and had a son on 8 December 2009.
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A pro football quarterback praised by no less than Sports Illustrated magazine as the most gifted player in the NFL, New England Patriots mainstay Tom Brady made international headlines for his spectacular record on the field. A California native, Brady grew up in San Mateo as the son of Tom Brady, Sr. and Galynn Brady, and attended Serra High (a private, all-boys Catholic school) and the University of Michigan, playing football for the U of M Wolverines. Within a year of Brady's U of M graduation in 2000, the Patriots tapped him as part of their draft, and he racked up a long string of accomplishments on the field that included leading the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships, playing in three Pro Bowls, and netting two Super Bowl MVP awards.
Cinematically, the majority of Brady's appearances have been football videos and documentaries depicting his football accomplishments; he also hosted a special episode of Saturday_Night_Live in 2005. He and actress Bridget_Moynahan had a son in 2007 and in early 2009, Brady married Brazilian supermodel Gisele_Bündchen. By the summer, Bündchen and Brady announced she was expecting. Nathan Southern, Rovi