This article is a little old...BUT I love it. I remember watching this episode of 60 minutes when it was on. I already loved the Pats and Brady, but this just made me like him that much more. Definitely really inspiring too.
(CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on Nov. 6, 2005. It was updated on Dec. 20, 2007.
By Daniel Schorn
Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, has been one the NFL biggest stories this year. On a pace to set the record for most touchdown passes, and leading the Patriots into the playoffs, he seems a lock for the NFL's MVP award. At the tender age of 30, he's already won three Super Bowls, an accomplishment that ranks him with some of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game.
Yet when 60 Minutes first broadcast this story in 2005, he seemed underrated and overlooked. He doesn't have the arm of Peyton Manning. He doesn't have tattoos, doesn't take steroids and has never held out for more money. All he knows how to do is win.
Former football greats say he exemplifies what the American athlete should be, yet he barely made it to the NFL at all. For much of his high school and college careers, he was a second stringer battling for the starting job. As correspondent Steve Kroft reports, Brady wasn't picked until the sixth round of the NFL draft, the 199th player chosen.
It is lucky Brady was drafted at all. A scouting report written before the draft sized up Brady this way: "Poor build, very skinny and narrow, lacks mobility and the ability to avoid the rush, lacks a really strong arm."
"Yeah, it kind of all says the same thing, doesn't it?" says Brady. "So, basically, they're saying that I don't look like an NFL quarterback. Do I still look like an NFL quarterback? I think I've grown into that a little bit more. But at the same time, I haven't changed that much."
"So, what do you think it was that all those scouts missed?" asks Kroft.
"I think they underestimated my competitiveness," says Brady.
When the game is on the line, he is the most feared quarterback in the NFL.
He's 12-2 in playoff games, never lost in overtime, and is 26-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less. Teammate Matt Light say it's because Brady hates to lose.
Teammates Matt Light and Willie McGinest say that's because he hates to lose. "I mean it could be anything. You could be playing a game of pool," says Light, laughing, "and if he misses a shot, you got to kind of watch out for flying sticks. I mean, he gets a little crazy out there."
One of your teammates said, "If you walk into a room, and you see backgammon chips scattered all over the floor and the table overturned, they know that you've been there, and probably lost," Kroft tells Brady.
"Yeah. Probably. I'm a pretty good winner. I'm a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win. But as soon as I lose, those backgammon sets, I broke more backgammon sets," Brady says. "I've dropped elbows on 'em. I don't know. It's like I wish I had a punching bag nearby sometimes."
The temper is Irish. He was raised in a Catholic family of exceptionally gifted athletes in San Mateo, Calif., and grew up watching Joe Montana, the quarterback to whom he most often is compared.
The similarities were not evident in high school, and he attracted scant attention from college football recruiters. So his father put together a highlight reel and sent it off to 60 coaches.
One of those schools was Michigan, which offered him a scholarship.
"You think that helped?" asks Kroft.
"Oh, my God, that was the reason," says Brady. "I know Michigan certainly wouldn't have seen it. I mean I was just a dime a dozen, I think. I was a good athlete on a local level."
At Michigan, he began as the seventh-string quarterback, eventually earning a share of the starting job during his junior and senior years. With the Patriots, he was a rarely used backup for Drew Bledsoe, New England's durable franchise quarterback, until a 2001 rollout when fate, in the uniform of Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, intervened.
"I was probably 10 yards from that, and that was the loudest collision I've ever heard," Brady recalls.
Bledsoe didn't know where he was, so the reins of the Patriot offense were turned over to the untested understudy and Brady has never relinquished them.
The Patriots won 14 of the next 17 games, including the Super Bowl in which Brady engineered a last-minute drive that led to the winning field goal. He was 24, the youngest quarterback to ever win an NFL championship.
"I mean you go from the backup quarterback, to winning the Super Bowl in five months. I mean you can't write that. There's no script for that. I mean, it just doesn't happen," says Brady.
"Do you ever feel the urge sometime to say I told you so?" asks Kroft.
"It would be too easy to do. I mean, why be a jerk? I mean, I don't need to say it," says Brady. "Let other people say it. It sounds so much better."
Stumbled across this article when watching updates from some basketball games on the weekend. This is the second time in less than a decade that this has happened to the basketball families at this school. Last time it was ten people associated with the men's team, including two players. This time it was the head and assistant coach. They were on their way to Arkansas for a recruiting trip. Hard to believe this kind of thing can happen once in a lifetime, but for this university it has happened twice in less than ten years!
The team is continuing on with their season and doing pretty well too.
(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant women's basketball coach Miranda Serna were killed along with two others Thursday night in a plane crash in Perry County, Arkansas.
Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip to Arkansas. The other two individuals, including the pilot, were not affiliated with the university. There were no survivors.
"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.
"Kurt was an exemplary leader and a man of character who had a profound impact on his student-athletes," Hargis said. "He was an outstanding coach and a wonderful person. We send our deepest sympathies to his wife, Shelley, and their children, Sara, Alex and Brett.
"Coach Budke elevated our women's basketball program to new levels of success," Hargis said. "He and his staff raised our profile in the nation's toughest conference."
"Miranda was an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model for our young ladies."
Been away from the blog for a little while. Don't get good internet at home over Christmas break so I didn't get to catch up. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year! I certainly did. It was really nice to be home and get the break and rest from school and all.
On another note, my surgery went really well and it healed pretty fast. I ended up missing a couple exams though and have to write them this week.. which kind of sucks but oh well.
I'm still not playing ball yet..and to make it worse not even aloud to travel with the team.. I have a couple appts. in the next couple weeks, and have already been cleared to start running and playing some from my doctor. I played/ ran some over the break, but got back here and have been told by someone not to do anything again... Probably one of the most frustrating things I'm going through right now but I hope to get back at playing soon, because I'm getting pretty anxious...and obviously out of shape. And not to mention how watching your team play away on webcast is the worst feeling ever.. Anyways I'm going to stop rambling and getting back to my studying.
Thanks for all the encouragement/good luck comments about the surgery!