Forget the supermodel wife, the Super Bowl rings, the kids, the sprig of a ponytail as he danced at Carnival.
Tom Brady has never forgotten waiting and waiting and waiting to be drafted, back in the day when he was the little guy in the too-big drawers. The emotion of waiting to be the 199th pick of the New England Patriots is still fresh and raw, as he shows by getting all weepy in this clip from ESPN’s “The Brady 6.”
“It was hard,” Brady said. “I remember taking a walk with my dad and mom around the block. It was just a tough day, you know? I just remember being there with my mom and dad. ... You know, they were just so supportive of me. They take it as emotional as I do. Finally, when the Patriots called, I was so excited. I was, like, ‘I don’t have to be an insurance salesman,’ you know?”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And if Brady is in tears, imagine how Giovanni Carmazzi feels. If you doubt how low expectations were for Brady, revisit Joel Buchsbaum’s scouting report (via Chad Finn’s Touching All the Bases) for that 2000 draft. There are plenty of reasons for those tears to be so easily accessible — when it comes to slights real and perceived, athletes are worse than elephants in the memory department (watch Albert Pujols on “60 Minutes” if you’re skeptical*) -- and also contains hints of what has made Brady Brady.
Positives: Good height to see the field. Very poised and composed. Smart and alert. Can read coverages. Good accuracy and touch. Produces in big spots and big games. Has some Brian Griese in him and is a gamer. Generally plays within himself. Team leader.
Negatives: Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the ‘99 season weighing 195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little frail and lacks great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down more easily than you’d like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush. Lacks a really strong arm. Can’t drive the ball down the field and does not throw a really tight spiral. System-type player who can get exposed if he must ad-lib and do things on his own.
Summary: Is not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature, strength, arm strength, and mobility but he has the intangibles and production and showed great Griese-like improvement as a senior. Could make it in the right system but is not for everyone.