Tom Brady: Why His Best Years Are Behind Him

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Tom Brady: Why His Best Years Are Behind Him
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Tom Brady has taken a unique yet amazing road en route to NFL stardom. 

For years, Brady has been one of the game's best players and in a very elite class of quarterbacks.  However, is that about to change?

Being an underdog is nothing new for Brady.  After deciding to attend the University of Michigan, he was buried on the depth chart for the quarterback position during his first two years at school. 

It wasn't until 1998, Brady's junior year, that he earned the starting quarterback spot.  He would go on to compile an impressive 20-5 record as a Wolverine, including a win in the Orange Bowl during his senior season.

Despite his success at Michigan, Brady wasn't selected until the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2000.  He was the No. 199 pick overall, drafted by the New England Patriots, and was passed over for other quarterbacks such as Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman and Tee Martin earlier in the draft.

Brady began his rookie season fourth on the depth chart for the Patriots, but by season's end was moved up to second.  He was the prime backup for Drew Bledsoe, who's injury during the 2001 season would allow Brady an opportunity to play.  And the rest is history.

Since taking over as the starting quarterback in 2001, Brady has won three Super Bowls, set the record for most touchdown passes in a single season (50), been to six Pro Bowls and been named MVP of the league twice.  Additionally, he holds a number of other records.

But Brady has always been more than numbers.  Not only is he a great leader both on and off the field, but he always seems to be at his best when the moment means the most.  He has a reputation of being a big-game, clutch quarterback, and he has certainly earned every bit of that reputation.

However, lately there have been a few warning signs that Brady's best years may just be behind him. 

I know that sounds crazy, especially given his statistical production just a season ago.  But here is why he may be on the down side of his career.  Take a look.

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