The 2020 football season will be a new adventure for Tom Brady, who had spent his entire NFL career with the New England Patriots until signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent this offseason.
The Buccaneers hope to reinvent themselves as Super Bowl contenders after having missed the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons. In that spirit, here are some things that have been invented since Brady joined the Patriots from the University of Michigan in 2000.
New job opportunities for Tom Brady
The NFL grew by 3.2% in 2002 when the expansion Houston Texans came into the league, giving the city its first franchise since the Oilers left for Tennessee 1996. That created one more starting quarterback job, which hasn’t helped Colin Kaepernick or Cam Newton.
Tom Brady has led some memorable drives on the field in his career. Off the field, he can now drive for Uber or Lyft, founded in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Speaking of which, Instacart began its grocery delivery business in 2012.
Other jobs that didn’t exist at the turn of the century but are a real thing now include podcaster and CrossFit trainer.
Tech and home electronics
Microsoft has upgraded the operating system for its computer users more often than the New England Patriots updated the receiving corps for quarterback Tom Brady. Since the start of the 2000 NFL season, we’ve seen Windows XP (2001), Windows Vista (2006), Windows 7 (2009), Windows 8 (2012), and Windows 10 (2015).
Phone technology raced forward at breakneck speed with the introduction of the first camera phones in 2000, the Blackberry (fondly known as Crackberry because of users’ obsession with the device) in 2002, and Apple’s iPhone in 2007. Hand-in-hand with the evolution of high-powered phone devices was the integration of Bluetooth in 2000.
Speaking of Apple, its iPod introduced in 2001 was a step forward in making personal music preferences highly portable. The company rolled out iTunes two years later.
Noise-canceling headphones date to the 1950s for use by pilots. The consumer version by Bose, an NFL sponsor, hit the shelves since Tom Brady’s arrival. The quarterbacks endorsement deal was with Beats by Dre (2008)
Amazon began selling its Kindle in 2007, Apple moved 3 million iPads in the first three months after its release in 2010, and NFL partner Microsoft released its Surface tablet in 2012.
The Sony Play Station 3 and Nintendo’s Wii made their debut in 2006. Other new gizmos and gadgets that consumers would soon take for granted: USB flash drives (2000) and Blu-ray discs (2002).
Crawling the web for more innovations
The jury is still out on whether New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was pulling our leg when he said he didn’t use “Instachat” or “Snapface.” We’ll go out on a limb and guess that Belichick and former quarterback Tom Brady have at least heard of Facebook (2004), Twitter (2005), Instagram (2010), and Snapchat (2011).
If that’s not the case, then they can look up the origin of those social media tools on Wikipedia (2001) or watch a quick how-to guide for them on YouTube (2005).