Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region.
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Due to his numerous accomplishments, records, and accolades, many analysts and sportswriters consider Brady to be among the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
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After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities.
The University of Michigan, frequently referred to simply as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.
The 2000 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur U.S. college football players.
Due to his late selection, Brady is considered the biggest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft.
In Brady's seventeen seasons as a starter, he has quarterbacked the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, and is one of only two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first season as a starter.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the world.
He is also one of two players to have won five Super Bowls, and the only player to have won them all with a single franchise.
Brady has been honored with four Super Bowl MVP awards, the most ever by a player, and has won three league MVP awards.
The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's championship game.
He is the oldest player to have won the Super Bowl MVP at age 39, and the oldest to have won the regular season MVP at 40.
Brady has also been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history.
He is fourth all-time in career passing yards for regular season play, third in career touchdown passes, and fourth in career passer rating.
Passer rating is a measure of the performance of passers, primarily quarterbacks, in American football and Canadian football.
For regular season and postseason combined, Brady is first all-time in career passing yards and touchdown passes.
The only quarterback to reach 200 wins in the regular season, Brady is the winningest quarterback in NFL history.
With a postseason record of 29–10, he is first all-time in playoff wins and appearances for an NFL player.
Brady has led the Patriots to an NFL-record eight consecutive AFC championship games since 2011, and has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
For his alleged involvement in the highly publicized Deflategate football tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
Deflategate was a National Football League controversy involving the allegation that Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflating of footballs used in the New England Patriots victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the American Football Conference Championship Game of the 2014–15 NFL playoffs.
Brady and the Patriots subsequently reached the next three Super Bowls, becoming only the third team in NFL history to do so.