Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, celebrated his fifth Super Bowl win Sunday night. Brady won the MVP award in four out of five of his Super Bowl appearances, the most won by a single player in NFL history. In what’s being called “the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history”, Brady overcame a 25-point deficit, defeating the Falcons in overtime 34-28. Brady threw 466 yards and two touchdowns, adding to his already extensive list of career highlights. To be sure, it was a night Brady and Patriots fans will never forget.
However, life hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the quarterback. In high school, Brady was the backup quarterback for a junior varsity team that went their first eight games without a touchdown. After high school, Brady joined the Wolverines at the University of Michigan. Brady spent his first two years at Michigan as the back up quarterback as well. This was a frustrating time for Brady who actually hired a sports psychologist to help manage the stress. Upon graduation, Brady entered the 2000 NFL draft. It was at this point that Brady was drafted by the Patriots, but not until the sixth round.
Of course, we can’t forget Deflategate. This scandal rocked the sports world and left Brady suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. Brady, true to form, didn’t let the scandal stop him. Despite obstacle after obstacle, Brady persevered. By 2015, Brady had garnered more Super Bowl wins than 21 NFL franchises combined. With 20 playoff wins under his belt, Brady holds the record for most playoff wins in NFL history. He also holds the record for most conference championships.
For Brady’s family, though, the Super Bowl LI win was an exceptionally emotional one. In the summer of 2016, Brady’s mother, Galynn, was diagnosed with cancer. Following her diagnosis, Galynn endured extensive chemotherapy treatment. Super Bowl LI was the first game she was able to attend in a year. She wore her son’s number to the game and cheered him on from the sidelines.
Brady will undoubtedly go down was one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in history. His tenacity is unlike any other, and his story is a testament to never giving up, no matter what your critics say. He truly represents the American spirit. Brady struggled through high school and college and was a sixth round draft pick. No one thought he would be great. He wasn’t a star athlete growing up, and he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. The odds were not in his favor, but Brady never gave up. He overcame adversity time and time again, just as he overcame the 28-3 deficit Sunday night.
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