- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ever hear of Giovanni Carmazzi, Tee Martin or Spergon Wynn? Unfortunately, the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns did in 2000, the year they respectively chose those quarterbacks before the New England Patriots took Michigan’s Tom Brady 199th in the draft.

The aforementioned trio started just three NFL games among them, but Brady is one of four quarterbacks to start at least three Super Bowls and win them all. The others (Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana) are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Brady surely will be after he’s finished.

But having just turned 30, Brady isn’t planning on abandoning football anytime soon, even though he was named the world’s best-dressed man by Esquire and spends much of his offseason free time squiring gorgeous women.

“I still feel like I’m 22,” Brady told reporters at training camp. “I never would have imagined if any of this stuff had happened. It’s been a wild ride. Everyone always says, ‘Don’t you want to retire? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get hurt?’ But there’s nothing more fun than this. I’m going to play as long as I can. Until they take my locker down, I’ll be coming in every day.”

That attitude as much as his ability to hit the right receiver at the right moment made Brady, along with the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning, the top quarterback of his era. No one else with even 40 starts comes close to Brady’s 82-26 record (including 12-2 in postseason).

“Tom’s testing numbers [before the draft] weren’t very good,” said Scott Campbell, the Washington Redskins’ director of college scouting. “He has a good arm, but it’s not the best. But he’s very accurate, and he outworks everybody.

“When he was a rookie, Tom asked who gets the parking space closest to the building. They said, ‘That’s for the hardest worker in the offseason.’ Tom’s a competitor, and he wanted that spot. He’s won it every year after that. He’s the first one there and the last to leave. That tells you something.”



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