Tom Brady is now 39 years old and in his 17th season as a quarterback for the New England Patriots.
Despite his age, Brady is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league and continues to add to his legacy as one of the top quarterbacks in the history of the game.
Brady’s amazing career began in April, 2000, when the Patriots famously rolled the dice and drafted the Michigan quarterback in the sixth round with the 199th pick overall. New England made the move despite Brady being thoroughly unimpressive at the NFL Combine.
Just as famously, six other teams drafted quarterbacks before Brady. Below we take a look at what happened to those other quarterbacks.
The Jets used the 18th pick on Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington.
Pennington played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Jets and Dolphins, earning $51 million in his career. He now runs the 1st and 10 Foundation with his wife and coaches middle-school football in Lexington, Kentucky.
The 49ers drafted Hofstra’s Giovanni Carmazzi in the third round with the 65th pick overall.
Carmazzi never played in an NFL game, spending two years on the 49ers’ practice squad and later playing in the World League of American Football and in the Canadian Football League. He recently described himself a “yoga-practicing farmer” in California who has five goats and does not own a TV.
The Ravens selected Chris Redman out of Louisville in the third round with the 75th pick overall.
Redman made $14.3 million in eight seasons with the Ravens and Falcons, starting just 12 games. He is now one of the hosts for a hunting show, “Lights Out Outdoors” on the Pursuit Channel.
Tennessee’s Tee Martin was taken in the fifth round by the Steelers with the 163rd pick overall.
Martin played in just three NFL games in four seasons before spending two seasons in the CFL. He is now the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans after first being hired as their wide receivers coach in 2012.
Marc Bulger of West Virginia was taken by the Saints with the 168th pick overall in the sixth round.
Bulger did not make the Saints roster his rookie year, but eventually caught on with the Rams where he spent eight seasons as their starting quarterback. He later spent one season with the Ravens as a backup, making $55.4 million in his career. He now owns a farm in Missouri where he and his wife grow soybeans and corn and also runs The Marc Bulger Foundation. He is also an adviser for Major League Football, a league that has yet to begin operations.
The Browns drafted Spergon Wynn out of Minnesota in the sixth round with the 183rd pick overall.
Wynn spent three seasons in the NFL with the Browns and Vikings, starting just three games. He also spent several years in the CFL. He is now an energy broker for an energy services company in Houston.
Brady was taken by the Patriots in the sixth round with the 199th pick overall.
The six quarterbacks drafted before Brady combined to start 191 games and throw 246 touchdowns. Brady has won 201 games in his career — including four Super Bowls — and thrown 450 touchdowns … and counting.
Now check out where Brady ranks among the highest-paid players in NFL history.