Qualifications: 3x Super Bowl Champion (36, 38, 39), 2x Super Bowl MVP (36, 39), 5x Pro Bowler (2001, 2004-2005, 2007, 2009), AP 2007 Sportsman of the Year and 2007 NFL MVP, 30,658 Passing yards, 225 TDs and a 93.5 passer rating.
Defining Moment: Super Bowl XXXVI (36) win over the St. Louis which earned him an MVP award and jumpstarted his career.
Final Word: By now we all know the story. Brady was a six round draft pick, 199th overall, while quarterbacks Chad Pennington, Chris Redmen, Marc Bulger, Spergon Wynn, Tee Martin and Giovanni Carmazzi were taken ahead of him. Going into the 2001 season some of these picks didn’t look too bad until the fateful day of Sept. 21, 2001 when then starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe went down with internal bleeding.
What would happen next would change the landscape of the NFL forever. Brady would lead the Patriots to an upset win over the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl that year, only to follow that up by wins over the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowls 38 and 39, two and three years later. Suddenly, the sixth round no-name had become an NFL superstar.