Tom Brady still remembers the six QBs drafted before him, 20 years later

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Twenty years ago today, the New England Patriots selected Michigan quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft. Brady felt slighted then, and he remains motivated by his draft fall today.

On his Instagram stories today, Brady posted a list of the quarterbacks drafted in 2000, adding the comment, “Nope I haven’t forgot.”

The six quarterbacks drafted before Brady in 2000 were Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn. Brady has said in the past that he memorized those names and thinks about them to motivate himself.

After two decades as a Patriot, Brady is now embarking on a new era with the Buccaneers. He’s not lacking for motivation.

29 responses to “Tom Brady still remembers the six QBs drafted before him, 20 years later

  1. Every one of them except Bulger was a scrub. Pennington had a mediocre career.

  2. I always thought Carmazzi must be the one that hurt the most. Drafted by his beloved 49ers and then never played in a game.

  3. Those six have all been very gracious when asked about Brady in the past. They know Tom Brady is without question or honest debate the G.O.A.T. We get it, but it is time for the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, Tom Brady, to let it go at least publicly.

  4. How will SUPER CHEAP Belichick be able to stay “great” if he doesn’t have a QB who can turn cheap slot receivers into playmakers?

    Brady was able to turn cheap receivers into playmakers in his first year as starter. Belichick will be exposed.

  5. Tee Martin won a national championship for Tennessee, at least. That’s more than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning did in college.

  6. Brady still passive aggressively making it about him.

    BB saw it and tried to corral it and he did very nicely with the JimmyG pick, Brady got serious and helped win 3/4 sbs again.

    But, JimmyG is gone and Brady did not respond well to Stidham standing right behind him.

    Telling.

  7. Reasons that QBs typically fall in the draft:

    – Undersized
    – Character issues
    – Small school competition

    Stunning that a 6-foot-4 QB from the Big Ten conference would slip past so many teams. Unreal.

    I wonder if Jake Fromm from the SEC could be similarly off the radar.

  8. What a loser, get over it. Imagine having accomplished what he has, having the money he has (not to mention a wife and family), and still worrying about 6 random dudes from 20 years ago who have no impact on your life. I know I’ll get downvoted by Brady fanboys, but if anybody in YOUR life behaved like this you’d either be concerned about them or mocking them.

  9. Terrible Analogies says:
    April 16, 2020 at 3:04 pm
    Tee Martin won a national championship for Tennessee, at least. That’s more than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning did in college.
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    Are the following the only two possible, SFW, and accurate responses to the above that can be posted on this site.

    LOL.

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  10. Not getting to see the surreal sight of Brady with the Bucs would be one of the biggest losses of next season not being played.

  11. joetoronto says:

    April 16, 2020 at 3:14 pm
    What a loser, get over it.

    I’m pretty sure you must be the only person in the world who associates the word “loser” with Tom Brady. He may be many things that you can’t get your head around, but “loser” he is not.

  12. I’m a Bucs fan and am glad Winston is out, but I’m very hesitant to say Tom is going to turn everything around in Tampa. I hope so, but I have a strong feeling this is all fools gold.

  13. Chip on his shoulder the size of Mt Everest. Not necessarily a bad thing if it motivates you to greater achievements than you would otherwise. A bad thing if it warps your sense of priorities and values. When Brady started skipping PTAs to spend time with his kids and repair damage to his marriage that his pursuit of SB rings had caused,the usual collection of Pat haters lambasted him. Even some fans took it as a negative ( one in particular and we all know who that was). From an old guy who managed to screw up a few relationships,he did the right thing.

  14. I don’t remember and don’t care enough to look up how many times the Patriots must have passed on him too but does he remember that as well? Doubt that pick 199 was their first in that draft.

  15. Look… Brady without the Patriots would be nothing and the Patriots without him would have been good, but not dominant. If Chad Pennington went to a better team he would have been great. It really boils down to the team. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford are perfect examples. Marino is perhaps the greatest example of top 3 all-time skills but not a good supporting cast.

  16. Brady without the Patriots would be nothing
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    You mean the skills Brady developed under Belichick would be gone after going to Florida?

    The comment is as stupid as it can be.

  17. Marino is perhaps the greatest example of top 3 all-time skills but not a good supporting cast.

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    Marino didn’t have the skills to play different offense system, that is why Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson looked like idiots with him.

    What? Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson forgot how to build running games?

  18. “Every one of them except Bulger was a scrub. Pennington had a mediocre career.”

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    Pennington won two Comeback Player of the Year Awards, so he wasn’t THAT bad. Bulger really wasn’t too much better than him. More TDs and more yards by a little, but more INTs playing in Martz’s system. I think it’s a wash between the two, and they were both average.

    Regardless, 2000 wasn’t the best year for QBs.

  19. heydouglass says:
    April 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    I don’t remember and don’t care enough to look up how many times the Patriots must have passed on him too but does he remember that as well? Doubt that pick 199 was their first in that draft.

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    Umm, in 2000, BB inherited a nightmare, Bledsoe had to get signed, so they weren’t in dire need of a QB.

    They picked 2 as “developmental” options behind Bledsoe; Tim Rattay and Brady. They liked Brady better based on the workouts and interviews.

    Every QB BB drafted, save for JimmyG and Stidham were intended to be developmental back ups.

    Brady only became a legit contender once Bledsoe went down and BB realized how far ahead Brady was and cement shoes Bledsoe needed to be replaced.

    Guess who else has cement shoes now at age 43?

  20. The only other athlete I have seen w/ this drive is MJ.

    It’s ludicrous to think that BB can plug in Stid and not miss much of a beat. Anyone who thinks that has blocked out a lot of games over a 20-year span. Brady has pulled out an average of 3-4 wins a year just on his own.

  21. Point is nobody, even the Patriots, knew how great he’d turn out to be. Most of the other 31 teams weren’t in dire need of a QB either. Look, I do think Brady is the GOAT, you’ll get no argument from me on that. As a fan of the team whose last great QB was Sid Luckman, I can only dream of a GM/ coach combo as astute as BB. It just proves that the draft is a crap shoot – there are guys drafted every year who can say the same thing Brady did and use it as motivation.

  22. Is speed connected to Brady’s brilliance at age 43? No–but it never was. The best type of QB speed to have is John Elway’s, not Lamar Jackson’s. Elway was a superb pocket passer, but could throw on the run and scramble for 1st downs when he decided to. Could handle the physicality of the risk too if he needed to take a hit. Complete package at that position.

    It was (and still is) Brady’s innate movement within the pocket and peripheral awareness combined with quick reads and delivering the ball where the receiver could get it and not the defender. Very, very few have done this over their careers with such consistency.

    I remember Drew Bledsoe–he would just get bundled without any knowledge of who and where the defenders were as they were bearing down on him. He’d take square hits when he shouldn’t have. His saving grace was that he was 6’5” 240 and could mostly take it. Brady takes less of them due to better awareness and the rules have changed, so that helps.

    At 43, that skill has diminished somewhat, but only slightly enough that he can still be one of the upper echelon QB’s in the league combined with his brain and will, which has no equal.

    He must have a pocket to do it from though. There can’t be a Russell Wilson like running-for-your-life-then-chucking-it situation down there in Tampa Bay.

  23. William Lee says:
    April 16, 2020 at 3:01 pm
    How will SUPER CHEAP Belichick be able to stay “great” if he doesn’t have a QB who can turn cheap slot receivers into playmakers

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    Just stay tuned. He is going to show you.

  24. Just a thought… What will Brady do if the season isn’t played? Another year older, but no wear and tear on his body for a year.

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