Tom Brady’s arrival to the New England Patriots as the 199th overall pick during the 2000 NFL Draft is already the stuff of legend. That skinny kid who appears in the now infamous image went on to become the greatest star in NFL history. With 7 rings around his fingers, he even surpassed other great sporting legends such as Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Brady has more rings than any other NFL team in history as well, so you know the New England Patriots will keep honoring him for eternity. But very few knew the inside story right after being drafted, the team from Massachusetts had a tape where Brady speaks to the press for the first time right after the draft.
Tom Brady shows his competitive spirit for the first time
Although he was drafted as the 199th overall pick, Tom Brady wasn’t unhappy about it at all. Quite the opposite, he relayed to the press that all he wanted wa sa chance to play in the league. Also, he spoke highly of quarterback Drew Bledsoe but still confirmed he was going after the QB1 position no matter what. This conversation sums up Tom Brady’s philosophy that led him to so much success during his entire career. It truly is a piece of history everybody will want to hear. This is what he said: “I was looking for was a place to get my foot in the door and try to be great for the team that picked me. I don’t think disappointed is the word. I think, you know, I mean, the team that has drafted me, I’m just very comfortable with.”
He continues: “And whether it be in the second round or the sixth round, I think everyone starts on the same, the same level. And it’s just a great opportunity to head back to New England and play for the Patriots. It’s certainly been a dream come true. And, you know, Drew Bledsoe is certainly one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and it’s gonna be great to learn under him and compete for a job with the Patriots. I can remember seeing him in the Super Bowl, and I mean, the poise and composure, and the way he plays the game. It’s great to see and I’m just extremely excited to get an opportunity to go and learn under him and be ready to play when the team calls on me.”