Buccaneers QB Tom Brady Called Himself 'Best Decision' Patriots Have Ever Made

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With all the accomplishments that Tom Brady has made since he started his NFL career, there's no doubt that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is one of the greatest players of all time. However, when he first set foot in the NFL, nobody would expect Brady to be where he is right now. Unlike other big stars in the NFL, the 44-year-old quarterback wasn't a popular draft prospect.

As a matter of fact, 198 players were selected before the New England Patriots picked Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Tom Brady's First Meeting With Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

However, despite being drafted as the No. 199 overall pick in 2000, Brady headed into the NFL with lots of confidence. He wasn't new to being underestimated. Though he started his football career at the University of Michigan as a seventh-stringer, he ended his stint with the Wolverines as a full-time starter.

When he first met Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brady was only remembered as New England's "sixth-round pick out of Michigan." However, Brady reminded Kraft that he wasn't just a late-round selection.

“I’m the best decision this organization has ever made,” Brady told Kraft, as quoted by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

Tom Brady Proves He's A Man Of His Word

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Brady didn't say those words just to impress Kraft, but to make them aware of what type of player they got with the No. 199 pick. From the time he joined the Patriots, he worked his hardest to create his own path to greatness. Starting as the team's fourth-string quarterback behind Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz, and Michael Bishop, Brady ended his rookie season second on the Patriots' QB depth.

In his sophomore year, Brady didn't only win the starting quarterback job, but he also led the Patriots to their first-ever Super Bowl championship.

Who Discovered Tom Brady?

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In almost two decades that he spent in New England, Brady led the Patriots to 17 division titles, 13 AFC Championship Games, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl titles. With all the things that he has done for the team, Brady is indeed the best thing that happened to the franchise. In his article, Wetzel named the two men who should be credited for bringing Brady to New England.

"That Brady went even that high – and to New England – is due to the diligence of two men: then-Patriots quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein and then-player personnel director Bobby Grier," Wetzel wrote.

Why Did Tom Brady & The Patriots Part Ways?

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Many people were surprised when Brady parted ways with the Patriots in the summer of 2020. After failing to reach a mutual agreement regarding a contract extension, the veteran quarterback decided to leave the Patriots for the Buccaneers. Since making his controversial decision, there were various speculations regarding Brady's departure from New England.

According to a previous Inquisitr article, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's treatment was a factor in Brady's decision to leave the Patriots. Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, said that in the years that they worked together, Belichick "never evolved" with the way he treated the veteran QB.

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