Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He is the only quarterback to win five Super Bowl rings.
After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady's 15 seasons as a starter,[a] he has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances, the most for any player in history.
Brady has been honored with four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI), the most ever by a single player, has won two league MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to 12 Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (14) than any other quarterback in NFL history. As of the end of the 2016 season, Brady is fourth all-time in career passing yards, fourth in career touchdown passes, and third in career passer rating. His career postseason record is 25–9, winning more playoff games than any other quarterback, and he appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position. His 208 combined regular season and postseason wins are also the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Because of his accomplishments and accolades, many analysts and sportswriters consider Brady to be the greatest quarterback and player of all time.
For his alleged involvement in the highly publicized Deflategate football tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.
Brady was born in San Mateo, California, the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia (née Johnson) and Thomas Brady, Sr. He has three older sisters named Nancy, Julie, and Maureen. He was raised Catholic. His father is of Irish descent, while his mother has Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish ancestry.
Brady is a friend of President Donald Trump; in 2017, Brady indicated he had known Trump "for 16 years." At a political event in New Hampshire on the day before the 2016 presidential election, Trump claimed that he had received a call from Brady, and that Brady told him "Donald, I support you, you're my friend, and I voted for you." However, after being asked directly on Twitter if she and Brady backed Trump, Bundchen answered "NO!" After a Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" cap was photographed in Brady's locker, Brady said that Bundchen told him not to discuss politics anymore, which he thought was a "good decision."While there has been speculation that Brady would run for political office in the future, in a 2015 interview he stated he had no interest in doing so.