This past Sunday Marked the seventeenth year anniversary of the New England Patriots drafting quarterback Tom Brady 199 overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. Since then, the Patriots have easily been the most dominant team in the NFL and arguably all of American professional sports. With Super Bowl wins in the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, and 2016 seasons, Brady has been the only player to play on all five of those teams, and it is safe to say that without him, the Patriots may still be searching for their first championship.
In honor of this seventeen-year mark, here is a recap of every Super-Bowl-winning season that Tom Brady has had (so far).
2001 – the year where it all started. Then-Patriots quarterback Brew Bledsoe went down with an injury early in the season, and it was up to Brady to take the reigns of the offense and lead them through the season. Brady finished the year with 2,843 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In the playoffs, Brady threw for 583 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
While not the most impressive statistical year of Brady’s career, this was the year that started one of the greatest championship runs in any sport, and at the time, many Patriots fans could have never guessed that their quarterback would become (arguably) the greatest football player who ever lived.
Following a one-year hiatus from the Super Bowl, the Patriots made their way back to the grand stage of sports to face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Brady finished that game with 354 yards on 32/48 passing, three touchdowns, and one interception. His impressive performance was enough to earn him his second Super Bowl MVP trophy.
In the second year of back-to-back Super Bowl victories, Brady was once again fantastic. He finished the 2004 NFL season with 3,692 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
In the playoffs, Brady threw for 587 yards on 55/81 passing attempts, five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
While Brady did not win Super Bowl MVP this season (this is the only year where another Patriots teammate took home the hardware), his contribution to the 2004-2005 championship run was vital to the team’s overall success.
After a ten-year gap between championships, Tom Brady and the Patriots were finally able to return to the Super Bowl, leaving with the Lombardi Trophy. Even with Deflategate fresh in the minds of the entire organization, Brady and the rest of the Patriots were able to remain focused throughout the weeks leading up to the game.
Brady finished the Super Bowl with 328 passing yards on 37/50 attempts, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The second half of the game was one of the best second halves of Brady’s career, as he carved up Seattle’s “Legion of Doom” secondary on his way to a ten-point come from behind victory.
The most recent season was cut short due to the “Deflategate” suspension, but Brady used every single minute of the twelve games that he played in to make a strong case for MVP. Brady finished the year with 3,554 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
In the postseason, Brady threw for over 1,000 yards in the three games that he played, including 466 passing yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl LI, which helped him climb back from a 25-point second half deficit, as well as earn him his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy. This was the ultimate feeling of redemption after many believe that Brady was wrongfully suspended for the Deflategate incident.
If Brady were to retire today, he would finish with 61,582 career passing yards, a 63.8% career completion rate, 456 touchdowns, and a 97.2 passer rating.
At this point, who knows how many more years Brady has left, but we can all agree that picking Brady with the 199th overall pick in 2000 was the best choice that the New England Patriots organization ever made.
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