Tom Brady was an average college quarterback, his combined statistics prior to the 2000 draft were at best average and that’s being generous, he was drafted unenthusiastically as the 199th pick, in the sixth round by the New England Patriots.
Scout, Joel Buchsbaum’s report on Tom Brady prior to the 2000 draft: “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. 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.”
The only person in the NFL that believed in Tom Brady was himself…
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner relived his first meeting with Tom Brady: This skinny, beanpole of a young man walked over to me and said “Hi, Mr. Kraft, I wanna introduce myself. I’m Tom Brady.’. I said, “I know who you are. You’re our 6th round draft choice.” And I always remember, he looked me like a laser eye-to-eye, and he said, “That’s right, and I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.”
Tom Brady would go on to lead the New England Patriots to eight Super Bowl appearances, winning five and collecting four Super Bowl MVP’s, the most of any player in history.
As a result of Tom Brady’s steely self-belief and absurd level of determination he has now entered the conversation for the best quarterback of all time.
Tom Brady Quotes To Become Extraordinary
“If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you?” – Tom Brady
Tom is sometimes known as cocky by other players because he’s extremely confident in his own ability. He believes in himself because he has put in the work for over two decades giving him the self-belief to back himself.
Let me ask you, are you believing in yourself enough? If not, is it because you haven’t put in the work? Is it because your habits don’t align to achieve your desired level of success?
Strive to get better every single day. Do the little things right each day and you will build belief within yourself.
“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.” – Tom Brady
Blaming others for anything wrong in your life is the easiest way to never reach your dreams and goals. If you give others your ability to succeed, it’s really hard to make positive changes in your life.
Take 100% responsibility for everything in your life. This will give you the power to change it.
“You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.” – Tom Brady Quotes
Despite playing nearly 20 years, Tom Brady is still hungry for the next one. He is obsessed with every practice, every game, and the process behind success.
You should act the same with your life. Create a life that makes you excited to wake up every day, not just go through the motions of a job that pays the bills.
“We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it’s only us. And we’re only responsible to make ourselves happy.” – Tom Brady
Hear that again, you are responsible for making yourself happy. Not your significant other, your kids or your friends. It’s 100% up to you to make it happen!
“I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.” – Tom Brady
Human potential is nearly limitless. Tom is still playing at elite levels despite being 42 years old, the 2nd oldest player in the league. And he’s done it because of his insane work ethic and discipline.
I challenge you to do the same in your life. Even if you’re as rich and successful as you’ve ever been, you can keep going. Never settle because as Tony Robbins said, “Progress equals happiness.”
“You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.” – Tom Brady Quotes
If you don’t love the process, you’re probably never going to achieve the big wins in your own life. You have to love practice as much as the championship games in your life and business.
Use these Tom Brady quotes to take you life to the next level. Remember, you don’t have to be born with talent to become extraordinary.
Learn from Tom by putting in the work, striving to get better, and always believing in yourself.