Tom Brady Biography Facts, Childhood, Personal Life

Tom Brady Biography Facts, Childhood, Football Career, Personal Life
Tom Brady biography, career accomplishments and life. Wikimedia

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born 3 August 1977) is a renowned American football quarterback currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL).

Amongst the late picks in the 2000 NFL draft, Brady is regarded as the greatest late selection in NFL history.

The four-time Super Bowl MVP award winner is an efficient quarterback and considered by many elite sports analysts as the greatest in that role.

In this Trom Brady biography facts, childhood, career, and personal life, we take a look at some of the imperative happenings in Brady’s life and his upswing to the top of American football.

Tom Brady Biography Facts

  • Full Name: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. 
  • Nickname: Tom Terrific
  • Date of Brith: 3 August 1977
  • Age: 46 years
  • Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: American Footballer
  • League: NFL
  • NFL Draft: 2000 (Round 6, Pick 199) by New England Patriots
  • Current Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Kit Number: #12
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
  • Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
  • Education: Junípero Serra High School; University of Michigan
  • Parents: Galynn Patricia (née Johnson); Thomas Brady, Sr.
  • Siblings: Nancy Brady (sister); Maureen Brady (sister); Julie BradyYoukilis (sister)
  • Wife: Gisele Bündchen (married 2009)
  • Children: John Edward Thomas Moynahan; Benjamin Brady; Vivian Lake Brady
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo

Tom Brady Childhood & Early Life

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born on 3 August 1977 in San Mateo, California, as the only son and fourth child of his father, Thomas Brady Sr. and mother, Galynn Patricia Brady.

His parents both have roots that trace to Europe, his father being Irish while his mother being a combination of Swedish, German, Polish, and Norwegian.

From an early age, Brady had taken great interest in American football.

He often would go to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco 49ers play.

Growing up, Brady admired veteran quarterback Joe Montana and made the star his idol.

Brady’s love for football made him want to pursue a career in the sport

That desire led him to attend football camp, where future NFL quarterback Tony Graziani, thought them the basics of the sport.

Tom Brady Childhood Photo
Tom Brady’s childhood photo. (Image credit: Tom Brady / Facebook)

In high school, Brady, already armed with considerable skill and experience in American football, was actively involved in sports.

He played baseball, basketball as well as football during his high school days at Junípero Serra High School.

In high school, Brady got a shot at becoming his varsity starting quarterback following the injury of the lad that held the position.

He got his shot in his junior year and held on to the position until he graduated from high school.

To be recruited by a college, Brady sent tapes of his performance to colleges, and he received feedback from several.

Brady’s exceptional performance in baseball also attracted several MLB scouts.

In the 1995 MLB Draft, he was chosen by the Montreal Expos, but Brady was interested only in football.

Tom Brady College Football Career

Upon gaining admission into the University of Michigan in 1995, Brady neglected the Montreal Expos MLB offer and continued his college education.

While at Michigan, Brady continued playing college football and during those years, he locked head with Drew Henson for the starting quarterback position.

At first, he struggled to cope with the frustration of lack of playtime.

Brady eventually rose to the starting position in his third and final year and became the captain.

Tom Brady Professional/NFL Career

New England Patriots (2000–2019)

Coming into the 2000 NFL draft, Brady’s name was not at the top spots in the minds of NFL franchises.

In the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady was selected as the 199th pick by the New England Patriots in the 6th round.

Brady had a good rookie year, but by his second season, he had already improved and thus put up an incredible performance to earn Super Bowl XXXVI MVP award and his first Super Bowl title.

He as well headed a successful 2001 campaign as the Patriots finished first in the AFC East.

By the 2002 season, his passing abilities, work rate, and brilliance were noticed, and he was trusted to become the Patriots’ starting quarterback.

After missing out on the 2002 playoffs, Brady led the Patriots to claim two successive Super Bowl titles at the Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX.

He received Super Bowl MVP award at the XXXVIII edition.

Brady threw his career’s first 4,000 yards and topped in the NFL passers rating in the 2005 season while setting a record in the NFL for winning 10 successive playoffs in 6 seasons.

In 2007, Brady led the Patriots to finish the regular season with a 16-0 perfect record, winning all games played in the regular season and participating once again in the Super Bowl, which they lost.

However, Brady was named the NFL Most Valuable Player, the first of his career.

He also won the Male Athlete of the Year by the associated press, a rarely given award last won by Brady’s icon, Joe Montana, in the ’80s.

Brady spent almost the whole 2008 season away from football action following a knee injury he picked up in the opening fixture.

He returned in the 2009 season and won the Comeback Player of the Year following his undoubted showpieces through the season.

Brady unanimously won his 2nd NFL MVP award in 2010 and recorded an NFL hallmark of 358 sequential passes without an interception.

Brady with the New England Patriots
Brady with the NFL’s New England Patriots in 2011. Wikimedia

In 2011, he topped the list of the first NFL top 100.

He also spearheaded the Patriots’ AFC Championship victory and their participation in the 2011 Super Bowl, which they lost. 

Brady aided the patriots to an impressive 12 wins from 16 in the 2012 season.

In the 14th week of the regular season, he picked the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.

He helped the Patriots to record at least 500 points for the 4th time, as they became the 1st team in the NFL to set that record.

That season he was also listed in the Pro Bowl and came 4th in the NFL top 100.

Brady had a 52-game touchdown streak in 2013, seconding Drew Brees’ record of 54, and was listed to the Pro Bowl again for the 9th time.

In 2014, the Patriots won the Super Bowl, and Brady’s performance earned him the Super Bowl MVP for the 3rd time.

In 2015, Brady was given a four-game suspension by the NFL on the basis of withholding some crucial information during an investigation on Patriots employees’ involvements in deflating balls.

Brady broke the Super Bowl record for the highest passing yards as he threw 505 yards in the 2017 season.

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl again in 2016 and 2018, and Brady was named the MVP for the earlier.

Nearing the end of 2019 and the decade, Brady was named the NFL athlete of the decade by Sporting News.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020–present)

Tom Brady with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady in 2021. Wikimedia

In March 2020, Brady was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year contract.

Brady’s career number #12 was already taken by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Chris Godwin, but the latter agreed to switch to #14, giving the #12 to Brady.

On September 13, in his debut game for the Buccaneers in the 2020 season, Brady completed 23 of 36 passes for 239 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a rushing touchdown in a 34–23 loss against the New Orleans Saints.

For the seventh time in his career, Brady marked five touchdowns in a 38–31 victory over the Chargers, making him the oldest quarterback to record a five-touchdown game.

He displayed exceptional performances, finishing the 2020 season with 40 passing touchdowns, 4,633 passing yards, and 12 interceptions.

Brady led his team to a 31–26 victory in the NFC Championship game over Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, securing his record-extending tenth Super Bowl appearance.

He also became the fourth NFL quarterback to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady Highlights, Achievements & Awards

  • 6-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII)
  • 4-time Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI)
  • 3-time NFL Most Valuable Player (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
  • 3-time First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • 2-time Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016)
  • 14-time Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009–2018)
  • 4-time NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015)
  • 3-time NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017)
  • 2-time NFL passer rating leader (2007, 2010)
  • NFL completion percentage leader (2007)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • Unanimous NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Sporting News 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Unanimous NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade (2010s)
  • Bert Bell Award (2007)
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2005)
  • National champion (1997) – 1998 Rose Bowl

Tom Brady Career Stats as of 2020

  • Passing attempts: 10,598
  • Passing completions: 6,778
  • Completion percentage: 64.0
  • TD–INT: 581–191
  • Passing yards: 79,204
  • Passer rating: 97.3
  • Rushing yards: 1,043
  • Rushing touchdowns: 25

Tom Brady Personal life

Wife & Kids

Tom Brady is married to his wife Gisele Bündchen since 2009.

Together, the couple has two children, Benjamin Brady, and Vivian Lake Brady.

Before getting married to Gisele, Brady and Bridget Moynahan were in a relationship and had a son named John Edward Thomas Moynahan.

Tom Brady's Wife and Kids – Family
Tom Brady with his wife, Gisele Bündchen, and three kids, Thomas Moynahan, Benjamin, and Vivian, in 2018. (Image credit: Tom Brady/Instagram)

Diet & Lifestyle

Tom Brady’s healthy diet might be one reason his work rate during games is high.

Brady and his family have set a stringent diet known as the “TB12 Method“, and each member abides by it.

In fact, some athletes have confirmed that they follow Brady’s diet plan.


Formerly a politically active sportsman, Brady recently has restrained himself from political involvements stating that his wife had told him to keep away from politics.

However, he had known former President Donald Trump some years before his election into office, and both are still friends.

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