Tom Brady was a fixture of the Patriots for 20 years. He led New England to six Super Bowl championships and won several MVP awards. The quarterback is one of the most well-known and respected players in NFL history. Coming from a close-knit family, Brady’s strong work ethic is a direct result of his humble upbringing. So who are his parents exactly?
Growing up in San Mateo, California
Brady grew up in San Mateo, California, with three sisters. His parents, Tom Sr. and Galynn Brady, created a happy home that revolved around sports. The girls were competitive by nature and pushed around their little brother all the time. Tom began playing football at an early age, in the schoolyard of St. Gregory’s elementary.
Together with his family, Tom regularly attended the home games of the San Francisco 49ers. His passion for football continued, and he became the starting quarterback his junior year at Junipero Serra, an all-boys Catholic high school. The all-around athlete also played baseball and received an offer to play for the Montreal Expos.
Upon graduation, Tom decided to stick with football and accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan. In 2000, he threw a 25-yard pass to lead the Wolverines to victory in the Orange Bowl. Shortly thereafter, the Patriots selected him with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of 2000 NFL Draft.
Tom Brady’s parents
Brady’s parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They share a close relationship with their son and have cheered him on every step of the way. Along with their daughters and grandchildren, Tom Sr. and Galynn have been on the field to celebrate every Super Bowl win with their son.
Tom definitely gets his strength from his mother. In 2016, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Galynn fought hard to overcome the disease with chemotherapy and radiation. Today, she is cancer-free and looks forward to every one of her son’s football games.
Tom Sr. owns an independent insurance company, which has offices in Boston and New York. He takes credit for his son’s desire to compete, telling The Eagle-Tribune, “[It’s] my fault. I started it. Everything we did, and I mean everything, like running home from church, throwing a rock the farthest… Everything was a competition. I guess it made things really fun, at least for the winner.”
Brady isn’t ready to retire
At 42 years of age, Brady is writing a new chapter in his NFL career. He is On March 20, 2020, Brady announced that he will play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season. According to ESPN, Brady signed a $50 million guaranteed two-year deal. An additional $4.5 million in incentives is also included, prohibiting tags and trades.
Brady has made it known that he wants to play a few more years, at least until age 45. When he couldn’t come to an agreement with the Patriots for a contract extension, Brady considered other options. Tampa gave him what he wanted. Brady is a golden goose for the Buccaneers, as he has more playoff wins and Super Bowl championships than all of the quarterbacks in the team’s history combined.
ESPN notes that Brady could lose all of his games in the next two years and “still have a better career record than the Bucs franchise.” After the news broke, Brady took to Instagram saying he was, “Excited, humble and hungry … I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do.”