Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and it’s not even close. He’s won seven Super Bowls, five Super Bowl MVPs, three regular-season MVPs, and has thrown the most touchdowns in NFL history.
As most NFL fans know, Brady was the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft. Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of Brady in 2000, and none of them even won one Super Bowl.
After proving he’s the GOAT by winning a Super Bowl in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we decided to take a look at the six quarterbacks who were taken before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft and see how they did in the pros.
Tom Brady has better career numbers than all six QBs taken before him combined
Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, and Spergon Wynn were the six quarterbacks taken before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft. The six QBs combined to throw for 44,470 passing yards and 246 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Brady has thrown for 79,204 yards and 581 touchdowns with the New England Patriots and Bucs. Every team which passed on Brady in 2000 will likely never recover from that mistake.
The New York Jets drafted Pennington, who had a solid NFL career. In 89 games with the Jets and Dolphins, he threw for 17,823 yards and 102 touchdowns.
The only other quarterback taken before Brady to have success in the NFL was Marc Bulger. He played in 96 games with the St. Louis Rams and made two Pro Bowls. Bulger finished his NFL career with 22,814 passing yards and 122 touchdowns.
Chad Pennington and Marc Bulger weren’t scrubs, but the other four quarterbacks drafted before Tom Brady in 2000 turned out to be busts.
Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, and Spergon Wynn were awful
The 49ers drafted Giovanni Carmazzi. He never appeared in an NFL game, making him one of the biggest draft busts of all time.
Chris Redman played in 31 games with the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. He threw for 3,179 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Tee Martin won a national championship in college, but he was terrible in the NFL. He only played in three games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders and never threw a touchdown.
Spergon Wynn played in 10 games with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. He threw one touchdown, seven interceptions, and tallied 585 passing yards.
In 301 games with the Patriots and Bucs, Tom Brady has won 230 games and only thrown 191 interceptions. In 2000, no one could have predicted that Brady would turn into the player he is today. It’s a testament to how hard he worked and how cerebral he is as a quarterback.
Tom Brady makes his return to New England in 2021
Tom Brady and the Bucs will face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium during the 2021 NFL season. All eyes will be on Brady as he goes up against New England head coach Bill Belichick, the man he won six titles with.
Due to COVID-19, there may not be any fans at the game. Brady will certainly get a standing ovation from the crowd and a video tribute if fans are allowed.
It will be fascinating to see if Tom Brady can win more Super Bowls in Tampa Bay. The Bucs are the first team in the salary cap era to bring back all 22 starters from their Super Bowl victory, so they are set up to repeat as champions.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.