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Brady arrived in Ann Arbor as the seventh-string quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines.
He spent two years backing up future NFL quarterback Brian Griese before winning the battle against Drew Henson to start under center during his junior season.
Even after two successful years, Brady wasn't sure he would make it to the NFL, so he made a resumé as a backup plan.
Photo: Reuters/USA Today Sports.
Super Bowl LIII marked Tom Brady's ninth career Super Bowl appearance, three more than any other player in NFL history.
With the Patriots' win, Brady broke his tie with pass rusher Charles Haley to win his NFL record sixth Super Bowl ring.
Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome.
Brady has already earned $261.8 million in his 21-year NFL career, good enough to make him the second-highest paid player in the history of the league.
He also makes many millions more annually through endorsement deals with companies like Under Armour, Intel, Beats by Dre, and Shields.
But he still makes less money than his wife
Three months into his relationship with Gisele, Brady learned that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant with his child.
In addition to his eldest son, Jack, Brady and Bündchen went on to have a son, Benny, and a daughter, Vivian.
Photo: AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio.
Unlike most other football players, Brady avoids traditional weight training and instead opts for resistance bands to increase pliability and flexibility.
He believes long, soft muscles lead to peak performance.
Photo: AP Photo/Butch Dill.
Past teammates had described instances in which Brady had broken ping pong paddles and thrown backgammon boards across the room when he was losing.
He also once gave his team a pep talk before a charity football game against a group of firefighters.
Photo: John Bazemore/AP Images.
"There's nothing that quite expresses the way I feel like that word," Brady said.
Photo: Liynne Sladky/AP.
He and head coach Bill Belichick butted heads often throughout their time together.
Photo: Elise Amendola/AP.
That's right. 198 players were selected in that year's draft class — including six other quarterbacks — before the New England Patriots took Brady in the 6th round.
It's safe to say it was the sleeper pick of the century.