Legendary quarterback Tom Brady wears the No. 12 jersey, so he is the subject of discussion today as we mark 12 days until the New England Patriots open the 2016 regular season.
Size: 6-foot-4, 225 pounds
NFL experience: 16 years
Selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady has put himself in the forefront of the conversation for best quarterback ever. In 16 NFL seasons, the Michigan alum has started 223 regular season games; in that span, Brady has completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 58,028 yards and 428 touchdowns with just 150 interceptions. By virtue of playing in the postseason with such regularity, Brady has played essentially two additional seasons. In 31 career playoff games, Brady has racked up 7,957 passing yards and 56 touchdowns. Oh, and he’s won four Super Bowls.
Entering the 2016 season, Brady will be squirming on the sidelines for the entirety of September before getting his first action in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. You can bet that the time away from his teammates will drive Brady absolutely bonkers, but expect the legend to channel that frustration into completions, first downs and scores come October.
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Zooming out, what Brady has to accomplish in his remaining years with the Patriots to be considered the hands-down best ever is simple: win one more Super Bowl. Just one more. That’s all Brady needs to silence the conversation entirely.
Look for Brady to orchestrate magic this year with his twin tower tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Additionally, look for Brady to include rookie wideout Malcolm Mitchell and veteran addition Chris Hogan early and often. Oh, and some guy named Julian Edelman might be on his radar, too.
Be sure to stop by Musket Fire tomorrow morning as we mark 11 days until kickoff by profiling the owner of the No. 11 jersey, wide receiver Julian Edelman.