Tom Brady was born August 3, 1977.
In 15 NFL seasons, Brady has thrown for 53,258 yards with 392 touchdowns and 143 interceptions, while winning four Super Bowls.
Brady finished his college career at Michigan with 30 passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 29 career games. Due to his relatively underwhelming collegiate numbers, He slid to 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft, ad then spent his rookie season backing up starter Drew Bledsoe with the Patriots. Brady took over when Bledsoe suffered internal bleeding in September 2001, and he hasn't relinquished the job since.
After earning his first Pro Bowl appearance by throwing for 2,843 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2001 regular season, Brady was involved in one of the most controversial plays in league history in his first playoff game. New England trailed the Raiders by three points in the fourth quarter of the divisional round when Brady was sacked by former college teammate Charles Woodson, who jarred the ball loose. The Raiders recovered and it appeared to be a game-clinching play for Oakland.
Referee Walt Coleman overturned the ruling of a fumble, claiming that Brady's arm was moving forward and that this resulted in the play being an incomplete pass, leading to the NFL's creation of the "Tuck Rule." New England went on to win the game and both of its next two, as Brady was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI for his 145 passing yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' 20-17 upset win over the Rams.
Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills in the ensuing offseason, cementing Brady's status as the team's premier quarterback. Although Brady took somewhat of a step back in 2002, finishing with a career-low 85.7 passer rating as the Patriots missed the playoffs for the only time in his tenure as a starter, he flourished soon after. The 6-4 quarterback led New England to two consecutive Super Bowl wins and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVIII after throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-29 win over the Panthers.
In the 2007 offseason, the Patriots retooled their offense by acquiring receivers Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth, and Brady responded with one of the most epic seasons of all time. He threw for 4,806 yards and a then-league-record 50 touchdowns (since broken by Peyton Manning), winning his first MVP award and leading New England to the first 16-0 regular season in league history.
Brady missed the majority of the 2008 season due to a torn ACL. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of the six seasons since. 2010 was particularly special for Brady, as he had a 36-4 TD-INT ratio to win his second regular season MVP award in four years.
In the 2014 season, Brady led New England to its fourth championship in his career, and he matched Joe Montana as the only players to win three Super Bowl MVPs. Brady threw for four touchdowns and a Super Bowl record 37 completions in a 28-24 win over the Seahawks, and he also set all-time league records with 21 playoff wins and 53 playoff touchdowns.
Entering his 16th season, Brady is ranked fifth in league history in passing touchdowns, passing yards and passer rating (95.9). Pending legal action regarding his Deflategate suspension, Brady is scheduled to miss the first four games of the 2015 season.