You can hear someone tell you Tom Brady’s age (45!) and it doesn’t really hit you, because the guy still looks fit and healthy. To fully understand how long Brady has been on this earth, you have to realize that the man appeared in a PlayStation video game. Like the The original PlayStation.
Brady, born in 1977, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft—as the 199th pick—and spent his first season in the league as a four-string QB. He was far down the NFL draft pick rank, in fact, for his NFL debut Madden–Madden 01which was released on PS1 – it wasn’t even named, he was just listed on the Patriots depth chart as “QB #12”.
A year later, after he moved to the backup spot, he took over from an injured Drew Bledsoe, led the Patriots to a championship and the rest is history. Note that his rise to stardom happened so quickly that he doesn’t even appear in most issues of The Movie madden 02, year he will do it He went on to win the Super Bowl; On the PC, PS1, PS2, and N64 versions, the Patriots had three QBs higher than them on the depth chart than the previous season, meaning only the Xbox and GameCube versions – released months later, after the 2001 season had already started and Brady was Patriots’ starting QB – make it into the game.
Brady retires as the statistical leader in nearly every category that matters to a QB, from passing yards to pass attempts to TD passes, while also leading the league in ball shrinkage controversies, crypto fraud endorsements and weird ways to kiss your baby on the mouth.
To celebrate his career – or for many of you, In celebration of his retirement, he announced today—I’ve made this slideshow showcasing his video game career, from those early days on the PS1 to… NFL 2K a series, Madden And some other stops in between. It wouldn’t be every match every year, that would be boring – and lately Madden Incredibly repetitive games – but nonetheless, it would be a nice little walk down memory lane. Unless you remember playing any of those first few games, in which case I’m sorry to remind you of your age.
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