Tom Brady retired from the NFL on Tuesday as the greatest player the sport has ever seen but he started from humble beginnings at his NFL Combine back in 2000.
Brady won seven SuperBowl rings during his career, making him more successful than any other player and actually any franchise in the sport.
The 44-year-old is understandably considered the sport's greatest ever, ending up with as the all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and quarterback wins, as well as many other records.
What makes Brady's career even more incredible is that he was the 199th pick in the draft in 2000, not being being by New England Patriots until the sixth round.
That itself isn't that surprising, when you consider some of his scores from his Combine at the time, and specifically his run. Brady ran the second slowest 40 yard dash of any QB at the meet, running it in 5.28 seconds.
Tom Brady winning all these rings after the worst 40-yard dash in NFL combine history is the greatest comeback story ever 🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/WZtt9GR9PR— Trung Phan 🇨🇦 (@TrungTPhan) February 8, 2021
The NFL Combine sees invited college athletes put through their paces with physical and mental challenges, as scouts decide which players to sign.
Brady clearly didn't impress as much during the week in February 2000 as he would during his career, considering how long down the list he was on the draft.
As well as his poor running time, the Californian also had vertical jump of just 24.5 inches, leaving him in the bottom 3% of all the quarterbacks that year.
He did fair better in the throwing stats, something that would go on to define his incredible career but it still shows he didn't have the full toolbox going into his Combine.
Brady's retirement had originally been 'leaked' last Saturday, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback even denying the claims.
However, on Tuesday he finally confirmed that he was stopping playing, saying he was not committing to anything competitive, in order to focus his energy elsewhere.
His retirement announcement came in a 960 word emotional statement on social media, although it strangely failed to mention any of his time at the Patriots.
Along with Bill Belichick at the helm, Brady won all six of the Pats' SuperBowl wins, and also lost on three occasions with the team.
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