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Eleven years later, Tom Brady still get emotional about draft snub

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We mentioned last night, while scrounging for any NFL-related stories, that ESPN will debut on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. The Brady 6, a look at the inexplicable 198-spot free-fall one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history experienced during the 2000 draft.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald already has seen it (that bastard), and he has written a couple of items about it.

Most significantly, Rapoport says that Brady gets extremely emotional about being passed over for six other passers, and 192 other players.

“I remember taking a walk with my mom and dad around the block,” Brady says, and then he chokes up, taking a full 11 seconds to compose himself.  “They were just so supportive of me.  They took it as emotionally as I did.  Finally, when the Patriots called, I was so excited.  ‘I don’t have to be an insurance salesman.  Thank God I got picked here.’”

And, of course, the blunder by so many teams (including the Patriots on every pick they made before picking Brady — Adrian Klemm, J.R. Redmond, Greg Randall, Dave Stachelski, Jeff Marriott, and Antwan Harris) gives the NFL a perpetual strategy for getting folks to watch the latter rounds of each draft.

The ultimate irony, of course, is that Brady is now one of 10 players whose antitrust lawsuit against the NFL will, if lawyer Jeffrey Kessler gets his way, permanently end the event that gave Brady the motivation that helped make him become the player he became.

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52 Responses to “Eleven years later, Tom Brady still get emotional about draft snub”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 9, 2011 9:51 AM

    Maybe he choked up because he was thinking about the $100m he’s earned, his super-model wife and the mega mansion he’s going to live out his days!

  2. tjacks7 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:55 AM

    Dag. I only remember one of those guys the Patriots drafted.

  3. whatswiththehate says: Apr 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    “The ultimate irony, of course, is that Brady is now one of 10 players whose antitrust lawsuit against the NFL will, if lawyer Jeffrey Kessler gets his way, permanently end the event that gave Brady the motivation that helped make him become the player he became.”
    ——————————
    I want to believe there is more to why he is part of the antitrust lawsuit then him just being “me centered.”

    Also, the lesson on Brady is, maybe you writers should just let these QBs PLAY and stop underminding them because of your own personal issues.

  4. grudenthediva says: Apr 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    “Finally, when the Patriots called, I was so excited. ‘I don’t have to be an insurance salesman.”

    We see Tom took his college degree seriously. Maybe plan better and you won’t have to entertain such notions.

  5. zackd2 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:04 AM

    “inexplicable 198-spot free-fall”

    Um, no. Plain & simple he wasn’t an elite QB coming out of college. Kraft & Co. can claim they knew he’d be great, but you don’t draft those players in the 6th round.

  6. ncsteeler says: Apr 9, 2011 10:10 AM

    People forget that Brady was a skinny smart college QB with average arm strength – UM tried repeatedly to replace him with Drew Henson. He reminded a lot of people of Brian Griese. When he got to NE he spent a lot of time between his 1st and 2nd seasons in the weight room adding about 25 lbs of muscle – if he had done that between his jr. and sr. years in college he might have impressed scouts more and been drafted higher.

    You can look at this years draft and see a number of QBs who are smart with avg. arm strength – Stanzi of Iowa, McElroy of Ala. come to mind. Will they turn in the next Brady or just a career backup?

  7. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Apr 9, 2011 10:16 AM

    Just how big of an ego is it possible for anyone to have? It looks like his self-satisfaction for everything that he has done would be enough, but no, he has to dwell on the past as though he was somehow mistreated. Enough already!

  8. stoutfiles says: Apr 9, 2011 10:18 AM

    It’s not a snub if you were incredibly average in college. What was he expecting?

  9. rpiotr01 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:21 AM

    Adrian Klemm? I remember him well. One or two nondescript seasons in Green Bay. Was supposed to be the athletic replacement at LG for Mike Wahle. I remember watching him live at a game trying to pull to the right. He might as well have been on ice skates.

    Anyway, good for Brady. I distinctly remember him pretty much blending in with the scenery as a college QB. He liked to party and he liked the ladies and he wasn’t focused on football as a career. Still worth a draft pick, and the rest is history.

  10. skoobyfl says: Apr 9, 2011 10:36 AM

    Boo hoo, drive your Audi & tighten your satchel.

  11. rikker12 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    I still get emotional when I think about all those treatments I went through for cancer, and how today I make nearly $1000 less a month than I did 4 years ago….
    Brady is a little baby that fits only into Belichick’s system. If he played for any other coach, he wouldn’t be the player he is today, he be a salesman.

  12. bbgraf08 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:38 AM

    rayjayjohnsonjr:
    “Just how big of an ego is it possible for anyone to have? It looks like his self-satisfaction for everything that he has done would be enough, but no, he has to dwell on the past as though he was somehow mistreated. Enough already!”

    —-

    Absolute reach. Where in this article does Brady even remotely imply he was mistreated? Your comprehension of the English language is lacking.

  13. eckiebones says: Apr 9, 2011 10:46 AM

    All about the system. Alot of potentially great QB’s were just in the wrong system. Tom Brady with the Raiders……………he would be selling insurance now.

  14. blackglass3 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:46 AM

    To be fair, JR Redmond had some big catches in Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Keep hating, people. Maybe if you deeply cared about something like Brady does about football, you’d understand how he feels.

    Your lives must suck to be so jealous of someone you have to anonymously trash him on a message board for being good looking, rich, and married to a supermodel.

  15. kom2k10 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:50 AM

    Wow… GET OVER IT ALREADY! You weren’t an elite QB and that’s why you fell to the 6th round. YOU ARE THE LUCKIEST GUY IN THE WORLD!

    You got drafted by Bill Belickeck!!… he even made Matt Cassel look good and got him a $60 Million dollar contract!!! Just be glad you didn’t get drafted by the Browns… cause then you woulda been a 6th round pick that was out of the league in 3 years…

  16. firethorn1001 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:53 AM

    ‘a look at the inexplicable 198-spot free-fall’

    Ah yes. I remember this draft well. Everyone had him pegged as the number one pick overall and just kept falling and falling.

  17. rexryansdirtysock says: Apr 9, 2011 10:53 AM

    Obviously, if any team knew how good Tom Brady was going to be, they would have taken him 1st. So in a sense, yes, it’s the Patriots fault for not taking him ahead of the other guys they took.

    However, it’s unfair for you to call all of those other guys blunders. JR Redmond made the play that kept the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI winning drive alive, not to mention two other catches he had on the drive. Ditto the Snow Bowl game against the Raiders, Redmond had the three key catches that drove the team down the field.

    Greg Robinson-Randall was the teams starting right tackle during that same season. Not spectacular, but played and started every game.

    Antwan Harris was the player who scored the touchdown on the blocked field goal against the Steelers in the AFC Championship.

    Yes, these players are all out of the league, and aren’t even in the same sentence with Brady. But still, don’t just call them blunders because they were picked before him. Each player contributed in some way to Brady’s first Super Bowl, and who knows what would have happened without them.

  18. genericcommenter says: Apr 9, 2011 10:54 AM

    I don’t think being drafted in the 6th Round is a guarantee of not needing to “sell insurance.” How many 6th Rounders even make the final roster each year? The signing bonuses are small and no contract guarantees. I guess he was confident of making the team as long as he got a look.

    As others have said, he was not an elite prospect. I’m sure we’ve all seen the pictures- he looked like he had never picked up a weight in his life and was undernourished. Maybe that helps him relate to Giselle.

  19. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Apr 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    bbgrafo8

    This may be a tad hard for you to do, but try your best to read between the lines next time before you demonstrate an apparent inability to understand and comprehend written words. Cheers.

  20. JimmySmith says: Apr 9, 2011 11:03 AM

    Brady is a pretty good QB with the help of Matt Walsh derived stolen defensive signals. He hasn’t won since.

  21. rc33 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:10 AM

    Brady was coming off a sensational bowl game against Alabama, 350+ with 4 TD’s. I recall at least one talking head thinking he could go as early as late 3rd, early 4th. He was a project but at least he had good size and some projectability. Supplemental 6th round had be be pretty disappointing.
    The guy turned out to be the biggest steal in NFL draft history and if a draft day snub continues to motivate him 12 years later, what the hell.

  22. flyerscup2010 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:15 AM

    You call it irony, I call it pandering, because you know that throwing in anything about the labor issue will automatically double the number of comments left, just like writing articles pertaining to Vick or Roethlisberger automatically = 150-200 comments.

  23. tbfootballer says: Apr 9, 2011 11:17 AM

    Jimmy smith…hasn’t won a sb since…pretty sure he’s won a sh*t ton of games w/o “help”

  24. stevezam says: Apr 9, 2011 11:20 AM

    Talk about beating a dead horse.

    Every year for the last 9+ years this same story is repeated, about how Brady felt so snubbed…blah, blah, blah.

    Hey Tom and your daddy, get over it already.

    Lots of succesful players went undrafted or were drafted in late rounds. Even Joe Montana wasn’t drafted until the 3rd round.

  25. crackerjackjoe says: Apr 9, 2011 11:23 AM

    Johnny Unitas didn’t get drafted until the 9th round and Steve Young did not get picked up until the Supplemental draft.

    Not all great QBs start out great…nor RBs, nor WRs, nor… you get the point.

  26. mikebara33 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:33 AM

    “I don’t have to be an insurance salesman.”

    “Thank God! Instead I can spend all my time impregnating actresses and banging supermodels while decrying the slavery that the NFL has put me into! Then I can turn around and be party to a lawsuit that threatens to destroy the fabric of the game that made it possible for me to have all this!”

    Players. You gotta love ‘em. God I wish the league would just hire replacements. In 3 years nobody would remember any of these guys.

  27. rpiotr01 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:53 AM

    “The guy turned out to be the biggest steal in NFL draft history and if a draft day snub continues to motivate him 12 years later, what the hell.”

    Sorry, not even the biggest QB steal. Bart Starr?

    Brady’s a 1st ballot HOFer and, along with Manning, the face of the game at QB for the past decade, so no hate there. But Starr, in today’s terms, was essentially undrafted among the undrafted. 17th round. He was a 5 time NFL champ, league MVP, 2 super bowl MVPs and was the most accurate passer in NFL history when he retired. Most importantly, he’s part of the fabric of NFL lore. Brady’s not quite there.

  28. beauregard says: Apr 9, 2011 11:57 AM

    Being able to find a Brady in the 6th round is the type of thing that keeps the NFL draft interesting.
    He didn’t win a Heisman, didn’t win a national championship, and didn’t wow the scouts or draft analysts. We all know that doing these things does certainly not guarantee a pick will be successful, but it is what most teams base their decisions on.

    Tom Brady is a great story. He gives every team the hope that they’ll find a gem in the later rounds and it keeps things interesting. Look through the history of the draft and see how many great players were taken in the later rounds. It gives value to the later rounds. Where were the Broncos until they found Terrell Davis in the 6th round to finally give Elway the help he needed to win a Super Bowl?

  29. stixzidinia says: Apr 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    Brady wasn’t even the first player taken by the Patriots in the 6th round. They drafted another guy in the 6th before they called Brady……for all the people who think Belichick is some sort of genius when it comes to evaluating talent.

  30. flash1283 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:34 PM

    eckiebones says:
    Apr 9, 2011 10:46 AM
    All about the system. Alot of potentially great QB’s were just in the wrong system. Tom Brady with the Raiders……………he would be selling insurance now.
    —————————————
    LAME!!!

    So when he throws a 20 yard out thats all because of the SYSTEM, it has nothing to do with ability

    Every QB plays in a SYSTEM, Joe Montana played in the west coast SYSTEM.

    I guess he was average too.

  31. eaglebobby says: Apr 9, 2011 12:38 PM

    Sounds like Donovan McNabb only with SB rings. Please, if everyone had a crystal ball and knew what kind of QB he would become he would have gone higher. One or two big games doesn’t vault you higher in the draft according to scouts that have been watching all year. As it was, what happens if Drew Bledsoe doesn’t suffer a big injury in the season–chances are that Brady wouldn’t have been starting till probably his 4th or 5th year–if he had still been in the league.

    McNabb still harkens back to the day when he was booed at the draft. But the chip on his shoulder has only made him choke in the Eagles’ biggest games of his career there.

  32. garyman1 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:49 PM

    Waaaaa…. growing up,I got rejected by a lot of hot looking women and I somehow managed to get past it. You’re a multi-millionaire with a model wife, super bowl rings, MVP’s, and are building a 20,000 mansion. Deal with it.

  33. the7thpolymath says: Apr 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    blackglass3 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:46 AM To be fair, JR Redmond had some big catches in Super Bowl XXXVI. Keep hating, people. Maybe if you deeply cared about something like Brady does about football, you’d understand how he feels. Your lives must suck to be so jealous of someone you have to anonymously trash him on a message board for being good looking, rich, and married to a supermodel.

    Nice screen name and great point! Anyone who would question Brady’s talent and success is an idiot or crying out for attention. Only losers heckle winners.

  34. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 9, 2011 1:43 PM

    He was 6th round talent back then and still is now.

    Ryan Leaf could have won Super Bowls if he had the benefit of a cheating system

  35. scoob766 says: Apr 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    The more I hear about and see pictures of Brady the more I see him turning into a female. Man up, cut the hair, stop crying and continue playing good football.

  36. hobartbaker says: Apr 9, 2011 1:58 PM

    Insurance companies saw Tom’s draft picture and rejected him as a health risk.

  37. hobartbaker says: Apr 9, 2011 1:59 PM

    The draft disrespected Brady. Now he going to kill it. For the man who has everything, what else is there to do?

  38. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Apr 9, 2011 2:06 PM

    That’s alright. I still get emotional when I think back on the magical season that was the 2001 World Champion Patriots. Thanks Tom!

  39. imjinbrdgr says: Apr 9, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a Michigan fan I recall thinking that Brady would probably make a pretty good back up in the NFL. He just wasn’t that impressive most of the time. Drafted by another team, say the Lions for example, he would have been forgot by now. Except by those needing a good term life policy.

  40. jimmysee says: Apr 9, 2011 2:09 PM

    Packers took Matt Flynn in the 7th round. He looked pretty good in his only career start against Brady & Co.

    He could be the next late round superstar QB — but probably not in Green Bay.

  41. thefiesty1 says: Apr 9, 2011 2:09 PM

    It all turned out ok in the end. The end is near, Right? He needs to get over himself.

  42. siggy00 says: Apr 9, 2011 2:40 PM

    Boo friggin’ hoo! He got snubbed in the draft, at least he wasn’t snubbed by his parents the way Tom walked out on his pregnant girlfriend and their baby.

    No camera’s = No rings.

    Take from that what you will.

    00

  43. FinFan68 says: Apr 9, 2011 2:46 PM

    crackerjackjoe says:
    Apr 9, 2011 11:23 AM
    Johnny Unitas didn’t get drafted until the 9th round and Steve Young did not get picked up until the Supplemental draft.

    Not all great QBs start out great…nor RBs, nor WRs, nor… you get the point.
    ———————————
    The Young reference is misplaced…he signed a $40 million deal with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL

  44. zehnerjet says: Apr 9, 2011 3:14 PM

    Is it only me or did anyone else notice that it says 8:00am not 8:00pm?!?

  45. deenice810 says: Apr 9, 2011 3:33 PM

    I would get emotional too every time I cashed one of those big checks
    Tom. Give me a break!

  46. ytsejamer1 says: Apr 9, 2011 5:34 PM

    Agree with the posters mentioning the final drive in sb36 and JR’s big catches and scrambling out of bounds. Harris had the big return in Pittsburgh. That said, the Pats were more lucky than good with picking Brady. They might have easily picked Tim Rattay.

  47. stanklepoot says: Apr 9, 2011 9:34 PM

    rayjayjohnsonjr says: Apr 9, 2011 10:16 AM

    Just how big of an ego is it possible for anyone to have? It looks like his self-satisfaction for everything that he has done would be enough, but no, he has to dwell on the past as though he was somehow mistreated. Enough already!
    _________________________
    I think you miss the point. It’s not about Brady sulking over having been mistreated. It’s about the fact that Brady still remembers what it feels like to have no one think you can make it as a pro. Actually, that’s not true. There was one guy (a scout or QB coach for the Pats who has since passed away) who saw something in Brady and convinced the others to take another look at him. That, combined with the fact that they could fill a roster spot real cheap, convinced them to draft Brady in the 6th round.

    Players that face that kind of welcome into the league can either let it fuel them to be great or use it as an excuse to not put in the work it takes to actually be great. Brady took the better path, and it’s paid off big time.

  48. Canyonero says: Apr 9, 2011 11:40 PM

    There’s a feeling Tom Brady kicked it into high gear at exactly the right time, and totally hit the jackpot.

    But the yearly “Brady got dissed at the draft” thing is getting ridiculous. Does he want all of us to send him a dollar, or something? Every single day people go through worse for less.

    I refuse to feel sorry for Tom Brady.

  49. CKL says: Apr 10, 2011 2:23 AM

    Canyonero…I don’t think he wants anyone to feel sorry for him and if he does that’s silly.

    I think he just uses it as motivation to keep getting better. A lot of athletes mentally hype what they feel are “disses”, no matter how long ago those were, in order to boost them when they are trying to be their best. How many times do we hear about guys like Maurice Jones-Drew say that people thought they were too small etc. and it still irks them? Lots. No low drafted or undrafted player would make it without being supremely self motivated and driven. Brady’s no exception.

  50. polegojim says: Apr 10, 2011 10:02 AM

    Brady did what needed to be done to be great.
    The fact that he was good at best at Michigan only proves that point, it’s not a ‘take away’.
    He’s consistantly proven to be an elite QB and decent guy.

    All this childish speculation about being in a ‘lucky
    system makes me laugh with extreme derision… can you hear it?

    Were all the sports greats ‘lucky’ to play in a great system… Chamberlain, Jordan, Unitas, Montana, Taylor, Ryan, Howe, Gretsky, Datsyuk etc… OR did THEY help make the system in which they played great?

    Each of these guys (and more) proved that they brought greatness to their teams. They were carriers of greatness through drive and effort.

  51. bbgraf08 says: Apr 10, 2011 10:50 AM

    Rayjayjohnsonjr:

    Explain how Brady’s comments in this article have any implication of blame towards others.

    There could be additional comments saying something to that effect, but I sincerely doubt it.

    You’re wrong, and your dislike for Brady is clouding your vision.

  52. nooittall says: Apr 11, 2011 11:13 PM

    The FACT of the matter is that he was a BACKUP at Michigan. Lloyd Carr didn’t like him, bashed him to the scouts, so why did this BACKUP expect to be taken so high in the draft? Why isn’t his anger aimed towards Carr? It’s the same old broken record that Terrell Davis and his backers whine about all the time. Davis was a part time player with about 500 yards rushing his senior season and the coaches called him a coward, but like Brady, it’s the scouts and the NFL that are to blame and are the idiots.

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