Expectations must be tempered when a sixth-round draft pick tells the owner of the team something to the tune of, "you'll never regret picking me."
Well, unless that sixth-rounder's name is Tom Brady.
It's hard to believe 13 years have passed since the Michigan quarterback was taken by the New England Patriots at No. 199.
We've seen the San Mateo, Calif. native collect eight Pro Bowl nominations, two first-team All-Pro honors, two NFL MVP awards and three Lombardi trophies, just to name a few.
At age 35, the two-time Super Bowl MVP is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He's got little left to prove to the game of football. But with five more years left on his contract, he still obviously has a lot to prove to himself.
We do not know what the future holds for No. 12. But we do know that he'll be a 40-year-old unrestricted free agent in 2018. And if that's when he decides to hang up his cleats for the final time, he'll have some great opportunities waiting for him.
What might they be?
Let's take a look at five prospective job titles Brady could hold once his playing days come to an end.
Brady didn't go to college just to play football.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no "Football major" at Michigan.
There is, however, an "Organizational Studies major." And that's what Brady earned his degree in.
You may be asking yourself, "what is that and what do you do with it?" Per University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts:
Organizational Studies (OS) is an interdisciplinary major that examines the behavior, structure, and dynamics of organizations through a variety of disciplinary lenses, and investigates such questions as why human beings organize, how organizations interact with each other, and what makes organizations effective.
Maybe Brady will take his degree and put it to use. He could be a project team leader, a supervisor, corporate trainer, events coordinator or even a human resource administrator.
Brady's personal life has been in the public eye.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see Brady focus all of his attention to family once he retires from the NFL. After all, it's the one thing that his current job title deprives him of.
He is the father of five-year-old John Edward Thomas Moynahan, four-year-old Benjamin Rein Brady and sixth-month-old Vivian Lake Brady. If one were to guess, spending time with those three while they're young would be top priority.
Married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen and the proud owner of a $20 million estate in Brentwood, Calif., Brady appears to have the financial security to take a few years off. As of June 2012, he is the 28th highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes.
Brady is as competitive an athlete as any, but logging some downtime at home with the wife and kids is a real possibility.
Brands want Brady's name on their products.
UGG, Glaceau SmartWater, Stetson, Movado, Dodge, Visa and Under Armour are just some of the companies tied to Brady.
Needless to say, companies want him.
He's an accomplished, trend-setting, recognizable face—and a very photogenic one at that.
Although some of his advertisements and modeling appearances have been awkward—holding a goat in a GQ photo spread comes to mind—Brady has the market at his fingertips.
He's a business, man.
Former teammates like Tedy Bruschi have switched to television.
Brady may have scored a 33 on the Wonderlic at the NFL combine, according to Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post, but his football mind cannot be given numerical value.
He is a student of the game. Spending years around head coach Bill Belichick has done nothing but solidify that. With all his film study and on-field play diagnosis, Brady has a lot to offer in terms of X's and O's.
Consequently, he'd make for an insightful analyst.
Although he's not the same exuberant personality that his former teammates Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison are, Brady could certainly follow them into the television world.
Heck, we've even seen Belichick break down tape before, so anything's possible.
Brady's advice could go a long way.
Not only are Brady's mechanics and mental toughness a byproduct of Belichick, they're a byproduct of his late quarterback coach Tom Martinez.
A former coach at the College of San Mateo, Martinez served a mentor for Brady ever since he signed up for a quarterback clinic as a 13-year-old, cites Maggie Hendricks of Yahoo! Sports.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss transcribed a piece that aired on CBS two years ago. In it, Brady showed a tremendous amount of respect for Martinez. Perhaps he'd like to honor Martinez by passing his knowledge on further down the road:
I've been so fortunate to be kind of his student that would take all this information and hopefully pass it on to the next generation of young quarterbacks that want to learn the proper ways to throw the football.
Brady is a student of the game. He is a perfectionist. He's a technician in the art of passing. Who better to learn from than TB12 himself?
If the opportunity presented itself, Brady would make for an excellent quarterbacks coach. If he spoke, you can bet a young passer would listen.
Brady's journey to the NFL wasn't your prototypical one, and that's what makes his story all the better to tell.
He'd be a sought-after motivational or keynote speaker.
Behind the likes of Brian Griese and Drew Henson on the Michigan Wolverines' quarterback depth chart, there were times where it looked like Brady would never see the football field.
Once Griese left Ann Arbor, head coach Lloyd Carr had Brady and Henson split snaps by quarter for half of the 1999 season, cites MichiganDaily.com.
Brady's college career was up and down. He wasn't exactly a fan favorite. He was, however, motivated. All of his setbacks set the stage for his resilience, which made him a prospect worth taking a flier on for Belichick and Co.
He came to New England after seeing six quarterbacks taken ahead of him in the draft. He was seen as a career backup with limited athleticism and arm strength.
But, with just one hit from New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis to Patriots franchise QB Drew Bledsoe, everything changed.
And the rest is history.
Although he's a success story, Brady remains humble. He may no longer be the underdog, yet he still plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Once he's done playing, he could start telling.