Believe it or not, even Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had role models at one point.
In a post to his Facebook page, Brady gave his 3.7 million followers a nice Throwback Thursday item, as he dug up a letter he wrote during his senior year at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California.
In the #TBT letter, aptly titled "How My Sisters Influenced Me," Brady discusses the isolation he felt being the only male child in his family and the difficulties of living up to the strong athletic standards set by his three sisters. The letter in its entirety can be seen in these two photos:
"Don't get me wrong, I was very proud of my sisters and I love them with all of my heart, but I wished I would be recognized as an individual and not as another 'Brady,'" he wrote. "I will continue to flourish in life as well as in athletics because of my strong will to succeed and desire to always be on top."
With two NFL MVPs, three Super Bowl MVPs, 11 Pro Bowl selections and top-five marks in the all-time NFL passing touchdowns and passing yards lists, it's fair to say he kept his word.
But as Brady wrote in the letter, "no matter what awards people may give me or what records I might break, the most meaningful thing to me is when I succeed ... the individuals who will always be there to support and recognize me will be my three sisters."
Powerful words from the kid formerly known as "Maureen and Julie's brother." As is natural, Brady was winning in the classroom in addition to the athletic fields – he received an 'A' on the paper.
For more insight about Brady's relationship with his sisters, check out this feature that ran on ThePostGame in 2012: How Tom Brady's Special Bond With His Sisters Helped Make Him A Star