On the eve of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Tom Brady took to Twitter to wish all prospective draftees luck – and gave some hilarious advice too.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows a thing or two about heartbreak, patience, and resiliency during the NFL Draft. 19 years ago, the former Michigan Wolverines star fell all the way to the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft before finally getting selected by the Patriots with the 199th pick.
Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady that year: Chad Pennington in the first round, Giovanni Carmazzi and Chris Redman in the third, Tee Martin in the fifth, and Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn just above Brady in the sixth.
Not a one of those names came anywhere close to what Brady has accomplished over his nearly two decades in the league; only Marc Bulger even made the Pro Bowl as a player. Brady has said in interviews time and time again that he regularly uses his draft-day slide as motivation – even though he’s now almost universally considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time.
So on Thursday, just hours before the latest edition of the NFL Draft was scheduled to get underway, Brady took to the Twitter account he just started earlier this month to post a message of motivation to all college prospects hoping to hear their name called tonight in the first round.
And he did so a little humorously while he was at it, too.
Brady’s clearly poking fun at himself, but he also has a valid point. Many young football players are so caught up and preoccupied with the associated status symbols of draft pick selection, and at the end of the day, it really doesn’t translate to success or longevity in the league.
You can get drafted No. 1 overall like JaMarcus Russell did in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders and be a spectacular bust, or you can get drafted No. 199 overall like Brady back in 2000 by the Patriots and go down as the G.O.A.T. The vast majority of players will fall somewhere in between, so it’s important to keep things in perspective and let the chips fall where they will on draft night.