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Tom Brady Net Worth, Football, Early Life

There are few more iconic athletes in the history of all sports than Tom Brady. He has NFL as one of its top quarterbacks and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tom Brady
Net Worth $250 million
Source Of WealthFootball
Born3rd August 1977
Birth NameThomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr
Height6ft 4in (193cm)

He's had an incredibly successful career that most athletes can only dream of having. Read on as we cover his illustrious career full of awards and accolades as well as other aspects of his life.

Early Life

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. was born in Northern California in San Mateo on August 3, 1977. His parents, Thomas Brady Sr. and Galynn Patricia had four children — three girls and one boy.

Tom was raised as a Catholic in a household with parents of German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Irish descent. His ancestors also had interesting places in history:

  • Brady's great-great-grandparents moved to America during the Great Famine in Ireland
  • Those great-great-grandparents were accompanied by the parents of Major League Baseball player "Steady" Pete Meegan
  • Brady's great-uncle Michael Buckley Jr. was the 1st American prisoner of war in WW2

Growing up, Brady often went to San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park. He was a huge fan of Joe Montana, who has often been cited as one of Brady's biggest inspirations. He went to football camp at the College of San Mateo and learned how to throw from NFL quarterback Tony Graziani.

In other sports, Brady was a fan of both the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers (despite their heavy rivalry).

Tom Brady in High School

Tom went to Junipero Serra High School and graduated in 1995. There, he played baseball, basketball, and football. He began his football career as a backup quarterback on the JV team. They didn't win a game all year (and never even scored a touchdown).

However, Tom took over when the starting quarterback got injured and got his chance to shine. He became the starter on the varsity team his junior year and kept the position until he graduated.

By his senior year, Brady began creating highlight tapes to send to college coaches across the country, which helped him garner interest. In those days, athlete recruiting was quite different. Rankings were not prominent.

However, by today's standards, he would have been considered a highly-touted four-star recruit. After the recruitment process, he narrowed down his list to five schools:

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Cal Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • USC

His dad was already a fan of Cal and wanted him to stay close to home so he could watch him play.

Baseball's Calling and His Final Decision

Outside of football, Brady was a great baseball player in high school as well. He was highly sought after as a left-handed-batting catcher with a lot of power.

He was eventually drafted in the 18th round in the 1995 MLB draft by the Montreal Expos. He was even projected to be an all-star and the GM of the Expos claimed he could be one of the best catchers ever.

But of course, Tom chose football over baseball and was eventually recruited to play for the University of Michigan in 1995. He finished his high school football career with 31 touchdowns on 3,702 yards. He was also the winner of All-State and All-Far West honors as well as his team's MVP award.

He was eventually inducted into his high school's hall of fame, joining other notable people like Barry Bonds, Gregg Jefferies, Lynn Swann, and Jim Fregosi.

College Career

Starting in 1995, Brady spent the next four years playing college football at the University of Michigan. He redshirted his first year, but then went on to spend the next two years as a backup to future NFL quarterback Brian Griese. Griese took the Wolverines to a national championship at the Rose Bowl after an undefeated season in 1997.

During this time, Brady had a hard time fighting for playing time on the team. He was down at 7th on the depth chart. At one point, he even hired a psychologist to help him deal with the frustration and almost decided to transfer to Cal Berkeley.

On September 28, 1996, Tom appeared in his first college game after his Michigan team was already up 35-3 on UCLA. His first pass attempt was an interception that was returned for a 42-yard touchdown.

Despite the lackluster start, Tom eventually won the starting job throughout 1998 and 1999. He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention both years. In 1998, Brady led his team to a shared Big Ten Conference title as well as a win in the Citrus Bowl.

In 1999, Brady had several comeback games that gave him the nickname the "Comeback Kid." At the end of the regular season, Brady led Michigan to the winning score after being tied 17-17.

He finished his career at Michigan with a 20-5 record and two Bowl wins.

Early Professional Career

Despite the strong finish to his college career, Brady was very lightly prospected out of college. He had an unimpressive NFL Scouting Combine,

Because of that, he wasn't selected until the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots took him 199th overall after 6 other quarterbacks were already taken. Brady and his family thought he would be drafted in the second or third round and was stunned to drop that low.

During the draft, they noted that he had a strong competitive spirit, work ethic, pocket awareness, and intelligence.

When he arrived at Foxboro Stadium for the first time to meet Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, Brady was quoted as telling him: "I'm the best decision this organization has ever made."

In 2001, Brady was the backup to Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe was injured and much of the season, which gave Brady his time to shine. He began hitting his stride after a few games and played well throughout the season.

He eventually led the Patriots to the Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams for Super Bowl XXXVI. Despite being 14-point underdogs, the Patriots played well. Brady drove the Patriots' offense on the last drive of the game which allowed Adam Vinatieri to convert a 48-yard field goal to win the game.

This was both Tom Brady's and the Patriots' first championship. He was named MVP and became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Later during the offseason, Drew Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills, giving Tom the keys to the team.

Middle Career

In 2003, Brady led the Patriots to 14-2 with 3,620 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. He came in third in NFL MVP voting, just behind Steve McNair and Peyton Manning.

During the playoffs, they defeated opponent after opponent to reach Super Bowl XXXVII, which they eventually won against the Carolina Panthers. Brady followed this season up by bringing back the Patriots to the Super Bowl the next year, where they won again against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, Brady was already cementing himself as an all-time great in the NFL. However, in the next 4 years, from 2005 to 2008, Brady and the Patriots began to see a bit of a drought.

Despite that, Brady had one of his best seasons yet in 2007. During the offseason, the Patriots overhauled their receiving corps, most notably with Randy Moss. That season, Brady led the Patriots to the first 16-0 regular season record in the history of the NFL.

In the last game of the season, he threw his 50th touchdown, breaking Peyton Manning's single-season record of 49. The season was called the greatest passing season of all time. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the year, as well as many other awards, including Offensive Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year.

Brady continued his statistical excellence in the coming years and received his second MVP in 2010. It wasn't until 2011 that the Patriots finally returned to the Super Bowl. They met the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI but lost as Eli Manning led them to the win.

Late and Current Career

Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Later, the controversial Deflategate report would come out, accusing the Patriots of using deflated balls. This led to a four-game suspension for Brady.

In 2016, Brady won his fifth Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. After trailing 28-3 at halftime, Brady came back with 25 unanswered points to win the game.

He won yet another championship in Super Bowl LIII against the LA Rams, winning his sixth championship ring. However, this marked the beginning of the end of his 20-year tenure with the Patriots.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. He quickly brought them a championship against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

Despite his incredibly long and successful career, Tom has shown no signs of stopping and continues to run the league at age 45. Who knows when Tom Brady's career will end?

Tom Brady's Net Worth

Tom's incredibly successful career has led him to build a huge net worth not only through sports but through entrepreneurial ventures as well.

So how much is Tom Brady worth?

His current net worth is $250 million with a yearly salary of $30 million. This is separate from his very successful wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is worth $400 million on her own. Together they are worth $650 million.

Brady's newest contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is worth a minimum of $50 million over two years. It includes a base salary of $15 million, plus a $10 million roster bonus each of the two years. It also includes various milestones that can increase the amount by as much as $60 million.

In May of 2022, it was reported that Tom Brady signed a $375 million deal to join Fox Sports in the broadcasting booth after he retires. This is a 10-year deal and is the largest contract in sports broadcasting history.

Brady has several endorsements from notable companies, including Aston Martin, IWC Schaffhausen, Subway, and more.

Tom Brady's Relationship and Personal Life

From 2004 to 2006, Tom dated actress, Bridget Moynahan. In 2007, she confirmed that she was pregnant with Brady's child. However, they ended their relationship. In August of 2007, John Edward Thomas Moynahan was born.

In December of 2006, Brady started dating Brazilian Supermodel Gisele Bundchen after being introduced by a mutual friend. Three years later, they were married in Santa Monica. Their first child, Benjamin Rein, was born in 2009, and a daughter, Vivian Lake Brady, followed shortly after in 2012.

Brady is a highly devoted father and often discusses that his children are his priority. His biggest motivation in life is to be a good father and husband and credits this mindset to his parents.

They currently live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brady has been able to play for as long as he has because of a strict exercise, diet, and sleep regimen that has kept his body in tip-top shape.

FAQs: Tom Brady Facts

Did Tom Brady retire?

Yes, but just 40 days after his announcement, he came back to say he would return to the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

How tall is Tom Brady?

Tom is 6 feet 4 inches tall.

How much does Tom Brady weigh?

He weighs 225 pounds.

How many championships does Tom Brady have?

Tom Brady has seven Super Bowl rings. He won six of them with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Legend of Tom Brady Continues to Grow

Tom Brady is a living legend and one of the most incredible and successful athletes to walk the planet. Not many can say they have accomplished as much as him, and even at his age, he has shown no signs of slowing down.

He is one of the few people who have had iconic careers throughout their lives. If you'd like to read about more iconic careers or how you can boost your career, read more of our articles here.

Our net worths are for entertainment purposes only. We do our best to provide accurate figures, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. The figures are based on public information and estimates, and may not reflect the true value of assets or liabilities.



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