Tom Brady of the New England Patriots posted his college resume on his official Facebook page as a Throwback Thursday picture.
The caption that Tom Brady included with the post speaks volumes.
“Found my old resume! Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round. #tbt”
Keep in mind that many people – including coaches, team owners, scouts and fans – did not think that Tom Brady would amount to very much coming out of his playing days at the University of Michigan. Perhaps that was why he did not get drafted by the New England Patriots until the sixth round.
You don’t need to be a football fan to know that those assumptions were proven wrong and that New England hit the jackpot when they drafted Tom Brady back in 2000.
However, if you pay close attention to what is listed on the college resume of Tom Brady, you will clearly see that Tom Brady had a lot more going for him than just football.
Many college athletes that are determined to play professional sports focus most of what they do inside and outside of the classroom on football. Perhaps they might have a summer job at a sporting goods store or as in a gym. However, this college resume proves that Tom Brady did not take that approach at all.
Even though he was able to accomplish a lot as an athlete while being a star player and even the team captain of his college team, Tom Brady kept his options open – focusing on other opportunities as well just to make sure he had a solid Plan B just in case he needed it.
For instance, his first two summers were spent working in management and customer service, which helped him to apply what he learned while pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with an Emphasis in Business and Psychology.
During that time, Tom Brady must have realized that he had a knack for sales because his final two summers in college focused on combining his management experience with his sales skills at the University of Michigan Golf Course and Polo Fields Golf and Country Club.
Perhaps the most impressive highlight of his college resume, however, was that Tom Brady worked as an intern at Merrill Lynch for two summers (1998 and 1999), learning the ins and outs of the business while working as an assistant to the Senior Sales Broker.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 18, 2014
Tom Brady’s resume is literally a piece of art. He’s even the GOAT of resumes.
— john stanton (@johnstanton12) September 18, 2014
— Mark Piselli (@MarkPiselli13) September 18, 2014
— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) September 18, 2014
It is true that Tom Brady eventually did get drafted and did not need to use this college resume as soon as he might have thought after the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Tom Brady went on to become one of the best NFL quarterbacks in the history of the league and has three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVP awards and a host of other accolades and accomplishments to show for it.
However, it is reassuring to know that (long after Tom Brady has walked away from the football field for good), he has a solid foundation of knowledge and career experience to support himself and his family.