Tom Brady’s one of the most prolific and successful quarterbacks in NFL history. He has led the New England Patriots to a record six Super Bowl titles, and has never posted a losing season as a starter. He also holds the record for all-time (including playoffs) career passing yards. Brady’s a remarkable testament to leadership and personal drive. On August 3, his birthday, we’ll learn just what makes him tick and how we can live up to his example of personal achievement.
Key Moments in Tom Brady's Life
Brady earned the wins record
Already holding the record for most postseason wins, he overtook Peyton Manning to snag the regular-season win record as well.
An investigative body concluded that Brady had knowledge of the "DeflateGate" scandal, in which footballs were systematically deflated to the Patriots' advantage. As a result, he had to miss the first four games of the 2016 season.
- February 3. 2002
Brady's First Super Bowl
Two years after joining the Patriots, Brady won his first Super Bowl as well as the Super Bowl MVP (his first of four). The Patriots beat the Rams 20-17.
- January 10, 1982
Brady witnessed "The Catch"
During the 1981 NFC Championship Game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback (and Brady idol) Joe Montana completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to secure a win in the final seconds of the game. It is one of the most memorable catches in football history. A four-year-old Brady saw it in person.
How to Celebrate Tom Brady's Birthday
Throw the football around
Brady got his start playing pickup football games in his native San Mateo, California. Get out the pigskin and try to replicate some of his famous passing plays.
Watch Brady's TV guest spots
Brady's good looks and TV-ready charisma have led to guest appearances on a number of shows. Watch some his spots on shows such as "SNL" and "Family Guy."
Get a ridiculously large cake
In 2018, for his 41st birthday, the Patriots gave Brady a gigantic birthday cake that weighed over 1,200 pounds, including 250 pounds of frosting. You don't have to get quite that huge with it, but getting (or baking) a large cake for yourself and your family will put you in the spirit.
5 Records Tom Brady Hasn't Broken (Yet)
Regular-season passing yards
Brady has the total passing yards record locked in, but his many postseason games have helped with that. As far as regular-season passing yards go, he's in fourth place, with the Saints' Drew Brees holding the record at over 73,580. Tom is not likely to play enough additional seasons to break that record.
Peyton Manning has five MVPs, to Brady's three. It's not likely that Brady will overtake him even if he plays several more seasons.
Most games started
Brett Favre holds the record for most games started at 298. Brady could break this one, but only if he keeps playing for a couple more seasons and hardly misses any games.
Most Pro Bowls
Brady's played in 13 Pro Bowls. Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Merlin Olsen, and Bruce Matthews all have 14. This one's within reach if he stays on a couple more seasons.
Most regular-season passing touchdowns
Brady's well over 500 and on his way to approaching Manning's 539.