Hearken to Tom Brady’s first convention name after getting drafted by the Patriots


“It is gonna be an awesome problem, however I feel I am prepared for it. Truly, I do know I am prepared for it.”

New England Patriots backup quarterback Tom Brady warms up on the sidelines before the game against the Detroit Lions at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.
Tom Brady went from an unheralded sixth-round decide to the best QB in NFL historical past. AP Photograph/Carlos Osorio)

With Tom Brady set to make his anticipated return to Gillette Stadium for New England’s season opener on Sept. 10, the Patriots dug deep into their archives and unearthed an attention-grabbing nugget from April 16, 2000.

Brady’s standing as a sixth-round draft decide and unheralded professional prospect has lengthy been one of many defining labels throughout his 23-year profession and eventual ascension as the best quarterback in NFL historical past.

That preliminary sentiment about Brady’s long-shot odds of success within the NFL was placed on full show throughout Brady’s first convention name with the media, simply after New England chosen him with the 199th decide within the 2000 NFL Draft.

The Patriots launched Brady’s first assembly with the media on Thursday, along with his preliminary feedback about becoming a member of New England foreshadowing the aggressive drive and on-field success that he’d finally harness in due time.

You may hearken to the convention name beneath:

As anticipated, the primary query posed to the 22-year-old Brady didn’t revolve round him. Relatively, it centered extra on what it’d be wish to again up a longtime star (and former No. 1 general decide) in Drew Bledsoe.

“Nicely it’s actually … all I used to be searching for was a spot to get my foot within the door and attempt to be nice for the group that picked me,” Brady mentioned. “And, you already know, Drew Bledsoe is actually the most effective quarterbacks within the NFL and it’s gonna be nice to be taught beneath him and compete for a job with the Patriots.”

It didn’t take very lengthy for Brady to precise his need to compete for what was largely thought as a set-in-stone roster spot for Bledsoe as QB1.

Brady solely tried three passes throughout his rookie 12 months in 2000 as a backup to Bledsoe. However Jets linebacker Mo Lewis popped Bledsoe with a devastating hit on Sept. 23, 2001, and the remaining is historical past.

It additionally didn’t take very lengthy for the road of questioning to show to Brady’s presumed fall down the draft board after a stable collegiate profession at Michigan.

“I don’t assume dissatisfied is the phrase,” Brady mentioned of touchdown as a sixth-round choice. “I feel, you already know, I imply, the group that has drafted me, I’m simply very snug with. And whether or not it’s within the second spherical or the sixth spherical, I feel everybody begins on the identical, the identical stage. And it’s only a nice alternative to move again to New England and play for the Patriots. It’s actually been a dream come true.”

Given his largely underwhelming testing numbers and professional scouting reviews, it was solely honest to ask Brady about whether or not or not he’d be taken with different athletic pursuits past a profession within the NFL, particularly given his ties to baseball.

A flexible star athlete at Junipero Serra Excessive in San Mateo, California, Tom Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos because the 507th decide within the 18th spherical of the 1995 MLB Draft.

“Yeah, it’s actually not,” Brady mentioned when requested if baseball was nonetheless a possible pursuit. “I performed catcher in highschool and I bought drafted by the Montreal Expos and I simply determined I needed to return to Michigan and be the beginning quarterback and play in entrance of 112,000 folks. And positively, this can be a nice step for me. It’s gonna be an awesome problem, however I feel I’m prepared for it. Truly, I do know I’m prepared for it.”