Tom Brady by numbers: Legendary quarterback steps away from football with nearly EVERY major NFL record, including Super Bowl wins (seven), appearances (10) and MVPs (five)
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Tom Brady’s pro football career may have ended on Wednesday, but his days monopolizing the NFL’s record books aren’t anywhere near finished.
The 45-year-old retiree holds marks for Super Bowl wins (seven) and appearances (10), not to mention at least 10 other major distinctions. He retired last year, made a U-turn, but this he’s bidding farewell for good.
His 23rd and final year was difficult on and off the pitch but he threw for 4,694 yards and 25 touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff run ended in the wildcard round.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium
Brady suffered the first losing season of his 23-year-long NFL career as his Bucs squad fell to an 8-9 record.
Off the field, he finalized a highly-publicized divorce from his now-ex-wife and supermodel Giselle Bundchen.
But at 45 he entered the record books for 490 completions and 733 pass attempts – both the most in a single NFL season.
- Most Super Bowl wins in NFL history: 7 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)
- Most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history: 10
- Most Super Bowl MVP wins in NFL history: 5
- Most touchdown passes in NFL history: 649
- Most passing yards in NFL history: 89,214
- Most career regular-season wins in NFL history: 251
- Most playoff wins in NFL history: 35
- Most Pro Bowl selections in NFL history: 15
- First player in NFL history to win more than one title after turning 40
- Oldest player to appear in a Super Bowl: 43
- Youngest and oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl
- No single team has more Super Bowl wins than Brady (Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have won six each)
The five-time Super Bowl MVP ended his impressive career with 89,214 passing yards and 649 touchdown passes. NFL records.
It’s tantalizing to imagine what Brady’s career marks would be if he hadn’t spent a year as a backup.
The California native took a circuitous route to NFL stardom with the New England Patriots and, ultimately, the Bucs.
Famously taken in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft — after his beloved San Francisco 49ers picked forgettable Hofstra quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi in the third — Brady spent a year as a backup to New England’s four-time Pro Bowler, Drew Bledsoe.
But beginning in September of 2001, when Bledsoe was injured on a tackle by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, Brady took firm control of the starter’s job, which he did not relinquish for 20 years.
The University of Michigan product guided New England to an 11-4 record over the remainder of the season, winning the infamous ‘tuck rule’ game against the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, and upsetting the heavily favored St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl.
Brady went on to lead the Patriots to consecutive Super Bowl titles following the 2003-04 seasons. No team has since repeated as champions.
But New England wouldn’t win another one for a decade, twice losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, including a 17-14 defeat on February 3, 2008, that prevented the Patriots from completing a perfect season.
Brady, though, was far from finished.
He earned his fourth ring after the 2014 season thanks to cornerback Malcolm Butler’s late interception on Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLIX. Brady was named MVP of the game, but gave the truck he won as part of the honor to Butler.
Two years later, in the biggest Super Bowl comeback, he led the Patriots out of a 28-3 deficit in the third quarter against Atlanta to win in overtime for No. 5. Brady got his sixth championship when New England beat the Rams following the 2018 season.
Tom Brady pictured after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LIII in 2019
New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi trophy after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in Houston
- Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft where he was the 199th overall pick.
- Also drafted as a catcher by MLB’s Montreal Expos in 1995.
- Brady became the starting quarterback after an injury to Drew Bledsoe in 2001.
- Spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots (an NFL record for quarterbacks) and he led the team to six Super Bowl titles, establishing a dynasty with head coach Bill Belichick.
- Joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. In his first season, he guided the Bucs to their first Super Bowl title since 2003.
- Only quarterback to make 600 career touchdown passes in the regular season.
Perhaps most remarkably, Brady won his first 10 playoff games, before suffering a 2006 loss to the Denver Broncos in the divisional round.
He joined the Buccaneers in 2020 amid a pandemic, instantly transforming a franchise that hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years.
His buddy Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to join him and they helped the Buccaneers become the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its stadium.
Brady reached the playoffs 20 times, won 10 division titles and went 7-3 in Super Bowls.
After starting his first game on September 30, 2001, Brady was under center for every game except when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 in 2008 and the first four games in 2016 when he sat out a suspension because of the deflated footballs scandal.
The team was fined $1 million and docked a first-round draft pick for the incident.
However, academics have insisted that the NFL failed to prove its case against Brady, who may have actually been exonerated by the league’s data.
‘I am convinced that there was no illegal deflation of the Patriots’ footballs at the 2015 AFC Championship Game,’ MIT mechanical engineering professor and Philadelphia Eagles fan Dr. John L. Leonard wrote in for Sports Illustrated in 2016.
Known for his work ethic, intense exercise regimen and strict diet, Brady was better with age.
After turning 37, Brady won four Super Bowls.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa
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