Anthony Thomas (American football)
Anthony Thomas, nicknamed "A-Train", is a former American football running back. Thomas played college football at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 2000, he broke Michigan's career rushing record with a four-year total of 4,472 yards. As a senior, he rushed for 1,733 yards and was selected as a first-team running back on the 2000 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Thomas was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft and played for seven seasons in the National Football League; as a rookie with the Bears in 2001, Thomas rushed for over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He played for the Bears from 2001 to 2004, Dallas Cowboys in 2005, New Orleans Saints in 2005, Buffalo Bills from 2006 to 2007. Thomas was born in Pineville, Louisiana, in 1977 and attended Winnfield Senior High School in Winnfield, Louisiana, he starred on the basketball and football teams. He scored 682 points for the Winnfield tigers, he set a state record with 106 career touchdowns while playing both running back and placekicker.
He was named a first-team All-American and rated as the second-best running back in the country by the Prep Football Report. Thomas enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1997. While playing at Michigan, he was given the nickname "A-Train" by Brent Musburger; as a freshman, he was a member of the undefeated, national champion 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team. That year, he was the Wolverines' #2 running back, twice rushed for over 100 yards, compiled a total of 549 rushing yards and 219 receiving yards, he was honored as the 1997 Big Ten Freshman Of the Year by media. After his freshman year, Thomas led the Wolverines in rushing for three consecutive years with 893 yards in 1998, 1,297 yards in 1999, 1,733 yards in 2000, his 1,733 rushing yards in 2000 remains the second highest single-season total in Michigan history. During the 2000 season, Thomas had nine games in which he rushed for over 100 yards, including 228 yards against Illinois, 199 yards against Northwestern, 182 yards against both UCLA and Auburn.
He was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten player in 1999, as a first-team All-Big Ten player in 2000. He was selected as both a team captain and most valuable player on the 2000 Michigan team. Thomas's 4,472 rushing yards broke Jamie Morris' Michigan career rushing records, he broke Tyrone Wheatley's modern Michigan career record with 56 touchdowns. He set and continues to hold Michigan records with an average of 144.4 rushing yards per game in 2000 and six games in a season with at least 150 rushing yards. In April 2001, Thomas was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. On October 21, 2001, Thomas set two Bears rookie records with 188 rushing yards and a 8.55 yards/carry average in a 24–0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He set. With 1,183 rushing yards during the 2001 season, Thomas helped lead the Bears to a 13–3 record and an NFC Central championship. In January 2002, he received the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the 2001 season. Thomas remained the Bears' top running back for two more years with 721 rushing yards in 2002 and 1,024 rushing yards in 2003.
In 2004, Thomas Jones took over as the Bears' lead back, Thomas was limited to 404 yards on 122 carries. In May 2005, Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys and was expected to be the backup running back to Julius Jones, he appeared in six games, two as a starter, for the 2005 Cowboys, gaining only 80 yards on 36 carries. Thomas' ineffectiveness in limited duty, his inability to play special teams, the emergence of Marion Barber III as the primary backup led Dallas to release him in November 2005, he was signed by New Orleans after they lost Deuce McAllister with a season ending knee injury. Thomas appeared in only four games, all as a backup for the Saints, gained 12 yards on seven carries. On April 28, 2006, Thomas signed with the Buffalo Bills. In 2006, he appeared in 16 games, two as a starter, for the Bills, gained 378 yards on 107 carries; the following year, he gained 89 yards on 36 carries. He was placed on injured reserve in early December 2007. In 2011, Thomas served.
He was promoted to special teams coordinator and assistant head coach in 2012. In 2015, Thomas was selected for induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Michigan Wolverines football statistical leaders
Houston Dale Nutt Jr. is a former American football coach and former player. He works for CBS Sports as a college football studio analyst, he served as the head football coach at Murray State University, Boise State University, the University of Arkansas, University of Mississippi. Nutt's all-time career winning percentage is just under 59 percent. Houston Nutt Jr. was born in Arkansas, a distant descendant Haller Nutt and member of the Nutt family, prominent in Southern society. He is the son of the late Houston Dale Nutt Sr. and Emogene Nutt and is the oldest of four children. Houston Nutt Sr. played basketball for the University of Kentucky under Adolph Rupp before transferring to Oklahoma A&M in 1952. Nutt graduated from Little Rock Central High School, his parents taught at the Arkansas School for the Deaf at Little Rock, Arkansas for 35 years. His father served as athletic director and head basketball coach for the school, his father was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
During his childhood and his brothers were daily members at the Billy Mitchell Boys and Girls Club in Little Rock. Wife Diana, like Nutt, graduated from Oklahoma State University; the couple have four children together: Houston III, twins Hailey and Hanna, Haven. Nutt's brother Dickey Nutt was the head basketball coach at Arkansas State University until he announced his resignation on February 19, 2008, he now coaches basketball at Stetson University. His brother Danny Nutt served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development at Ole Miss during Houston's tenure as head coach. Nutt's youngest brother Dennis Nutt, a former NBA player, is head men's basketball coach at Ouachita Baptist University. Nutt was the last player recruited by Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles before his retirement in 1976. Nutt was recruited as a drop-back style quarterback and started four games as a true freshman after starting quarterback Ron Calcagni was sidelined with an injury. Nutt played that year for the Southwest Conference champion Arkansas basketball team under coach Eddie Sutton, which went 26–2 and accomplished a 16–0 conference mark.
With the retirement of Broyles, Arkansas hired Lou Holtz as the head football coach. Holtz established an option offense that did not make use of Nutt's passing style and relegated him to the bench as a backup. Disappointed by his lack of playing time, Nutt transferred to Oklahoma State University and played two years as a backup quarterback. During his time at Oklahoma State he played for the basketball team. Nutt graduated from Oklahoma State in 1981 with a degree in physical education. After graduation, Nutt became a graduate assistant for Oklahoma State under head coach Jimmy Johnson. In 1983, Nutt returned to Arkansas and became a graduate assistant coach under former coach Lou Holtz. In the spring of 1984, Nutt was hired by Arkansas State University as a full-time assistant coach but he spent only four months there before returning to Oklahoma State that summer as a wide receivers coach. Nutt spent six seasons as an assistant coach for receivers and quarterbacks at Oklahoma State and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1989.
During his years at Oklahoma State, he helped mentor running back Barry Sanders, who won the 1988 Heisman Trophy and Buffalo Bills legend Thurman Thomas. In 1990, Nutt returned to the University of Arkansas as an assistant under head coach Jack Crowe and established a reputation as an excellent recruiter. Nutt remained with the Razorbacks for three seasons and established relationships with Arkansas high school football coaches that would serve him in good stead in years. In 1993, Nutt received his first head coaching position at NCAA Division I-AA Murray State University; the team went 4–7 and 5–6 in Nutt's first two years. In 1995, his efforts paid off with an 11–1 record and an Ohio Valley Conference championship after reeling off an 8–0 conference mark. Nutt received Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors and was recognized with the Eddie Robinson National Division I-AA Coach of the Year Award. Nutt repeated his success for the 1996 season with an 11–2 record and another undefeated run through his Ohio Valley Conference schedule.
Murray State won its first round Division I-AA playoff appearance, earning Nutt the OVC Coach of the Year honors and regional Coach of the Year honors. Nutt made the step up to NCAA Division I-A the next year when Boise State University hired him to take over their program, the lowest ranked of 112 Division I-A schools and had posted a 2–10 record the year before. Two years after making the Division I-AA finals in 1994, the Broncos had an interim head coach in 1996 as head coach Pokey Allen battled cancer. Boise State's first year in Division I-A had been difficult. Nutt's team posted a 5–6 record in 1997, playing at the Division I-A level with its Division I-AA players. Nutt's team beat rival Idaho on the road in overtime for the first Boise win in Moscow, Idaho since 1981. Additionally, Boise State pulled off an upset against Wisconsin of the Big Ten. Nutt became the head coach of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on December 10, 1997 succeeding head coach Danny Ford. Nutt, during his first press conference as coach mentioned a "National Championship" as his goal and felt that Arkansas had the program to win one.
The Razorbacks had suffered through a low period under a succession of head coaches in the previous years, having only received two bowl game bids in the eight seasons prior to Nutt's arrival. U
Orlando is a city in the U. S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U. S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017; these figures make it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 280,257, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, the state's largest inland city; the City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2016 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 72 million visitors; the Orlando International Airport is the thirteenth-busiest airport in the United States and the 29th-busiest in the world.
As one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry. The two most significant of these attractions are Walt Disney World, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, located 21 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive with one of these attractions being the Orlando Eye; the city is one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew from the 1980s up into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, the largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2015. In 2010, Orlando was listed as a "Gamma−" level global city in the World Cities Study Group's inventory. Orlando ranks as the fourth-most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
Fort Gatlin, as the Orlando area was once known, was established at what is now just south of the city limits by the 4th U. S. Artillery under the command of Ltc. Alexander C. W. Fanning on November 9, 1838, during the construction of a series of fortified encampments across Florida during the Second Seminole War; the fort and surrounding area were named for Dr. John S. Gatlin, an Army physician, killed in Dade's Massacre on December 28, 1835; the site of construction for Fort Gatlin, a defensible position with fresh water between three small lakes, was chosen because the location was on a main trail and is less than 250 yards from a nearby Council Oak tree where Native Americans had traditionally met. King Phillip and Coacoochee frequented this area and the tree was alleged to be the place where the previous 1835 ambush that had killed over 100 soldiers had been planned; when the U. S. military abandoned the fort in 1839, the surrounding community was built up by settlers. Prior to being known by its current name, Orlando was once known as Jernigan.
This name originates from the first permanent settlers and Aaron Jernigan, cattlemen who acquired land two miles northwest of Fort Gatlin along the west end of Lake Holden in July 1843 by the terms of the Armed Occupation Act. Aaron Jernigan became Orange County's first State Representative in 1845 but his pleas for additional military protection went unanswered. Fort Gatlin was reoccupied by the military for a few weeks during October and November 1849 and subsequently a volunteer militia was left to defend the settlement. A historical marker indicates that by 1850 the Jernigan homestead served as the nucleus of a village named Jernigan. According to an account written years by his daughter, at that time, about 80 settlers were forced to shelter for about a year in "a stockade that Aaron Jernigan built on the north side of Lake Conway". One of the county's first records, a grand jury's report, mentions a stockade where it states homesteaders were "driven from their homes and forced to huddle together in hasty defences."
Aaron Jernigan led a local volunteer militia during 1852. A Post Office opened at Jernigan in 1850. Jernigan appears on an 1855 map of Florida and by 1856 the area had become the county seat of Orange County. In 1857, the Post Office was removed from Jernigan, opened under the name of Orlando at a new location in present-day downtown Orlando. During the American Civil War, the Post Office closed, but reopened in 1866; the move is believed to be sparked, in part, by Aaron Jernigan's fall from grace after he was relieved of his militia command by military officials in 1856. His behavior was so notorious that Secretary of War Jefferson Davis wrote, "It is said they are more dreadful than the Indians." In 1859, Jernigan and his sons were accused of committing a murder at the town's post office. They were transported to Ocala, but escaped. There are at least five stories as to; the most common stories are that the name Orlando originated from the tale of a man who died in 1835 during a attack by Native Americans in the area during the Second Seminole War.
Several of the stories relay an oral history of the marker for a person named Orlando, the double entendre, "Here lies Orlando." One variant includes a man named Orlando, passing by on his way to Tampa with a herd of oxen and was buried in a marked grave. At a meeting in 1857, debate had grown concerning the name of the town. Pioneer William B. Hull recalled
A running back is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, to block. There are one or two running backs on the field for a given play, depending on the offensive formation. A running back may be a wingback or a fullback. A running back will sometimes be called a "feature back"; the halfback or tailback position is responsible for carrying the ball on the majority of running plays, may be used as a receiver on short passing plays. In the modern game, an effective halfback must have a blend of both quickness and agility as a runner, as well as sure hands and good vision up-field as a receiver. Quarterbacks depend on halfbacks as a safety valve receiver when primary targets downfield are covered or when they are under pressure. Halfbacks line up as additional wide receivers; when not serving either of these functions, the primary responsibility of a halfback is to aid the offensive linemen in blocking, either to protect the quarterback or another player carrying the football.
If a team uses a Wildcat formation the halfback is the one who receives the snap directly instead of the quarterback. As a trick play, running backs are used to pass the ball on a halfback option play or halfback pass; the difference between halfback and tailback is the position of the player in the team's offensive formation. In historical formations, the halfback lined up halfway between the line of scrimmage and the fullback; because the halfback is the team's main ball carrier, modern offensive formations have positioned the halfback behind the fullback, to take advantage of the fullback's blocking abilities. As a result, some systems or playbooks will call for a tailback as opposed to a halfback. In Canadian football, the term tailback is used interchangeably with running back, while the use of the term halfback is exclusively reserved for the defensive halfback, which refers to the defensive back halfway between the linebackers and the cornerbacks. In most modern college and professional football schemes, fullbacks carry the ball infrequently, instead using their stronger physiques as primary "lead blockers."
On most running plays, the fullback leads the halfback, attempting to block potential tacklers before they reach the ball carrier. When fullbacks are called upon to carry the ball, the situation calls for gaining a short amount of yardage, as the fullback can use his bulkiness to avoid being tackled early. Fullbacks are sometimes receivers for passing plays, although most plays call for the fullback to block any defensive players that make it past the offensive line, a skill referred to as "blitz pickup". Fullbacks are technically running backs, but today the term "running back" is used in referring to the halfback or tailback. Although modern fullbacks are used as ball carriers, in previous offensive schemes fullbacks would be the designated ball carriers. In high school football, where player sizes vary fullbacks are still used as ball carriers. In high school and college offenses, the triple option scheme uses the fullback as a primary ball carrier; the fullback plays a unique role by establishing an inside running threat on every play.
College teams such as Georgia Tech and Air Force have employed the triple option scheme. While in years past the fullback lined up on the field for every offensive play, teams opt to replace the fullback with an additional wide receiver or a tight end in modern football. Fullbacks in the National Football League today carry or catch the ball since they are used exclusively as blockers. Fullbacks are still used as rushers on plays when a short gain is needed for a first-down or touchdown or to surprise the defense since they are not expecting a full back to run or catch the ball. Pro Football Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Franco Harris, John Riggins, Larry Csonka were fullbacks. There is a diversity in those. At one extreme are smaller, shiftier players; these quick and elusive running backs are called "scat backs" because their low center of gravity and maneuverability allow them to dodge tacklers. Running backs known for their elusiveness include Red Grange, Hugh McElhenny, Gale Sayers, Barry Sanders.
At the other extreme are "power backs:" bigger, stronger players who can break through tackles using brute strength and raw power. They are slower runners compared to other backs, run straight ahead rather than dodging to the outside edges of the playing field. Hall of Famers Earl Campbell, Bronko Nagurski, John Riggins, Larry Csonka, as well as NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, were considered power running backs. Over the years, NFL running backs have been used as receivers out of the backfield. On passing plays, a running back will run a "safe route," such as a hook or a flat route, that gives a quarterback a target when all other receivers are covered or when the quarterback feels pressured. Hall of Famer Lenny Moore was a halfback who played as a pass receiver; some teams have a specialist "third down back,", skilled at catching passes or better at pass blocking and "picking up the blitz," and thus is
A field goal is a means of scoring in American football and Canadian football. To score a field goal, the team in possession of the ball must place kick, or drop kick, the ball through the goal, i.e. between the uprights and over the crossbar. American football requires that a field goal must only come during a play from scrimmage, while Canadian football retains open field kicks and thus field goals may be scored at any time from anywhere on the field and by any player; the vast majority of field goals, in both codes, are place kicked. Drop kicked field goals were common in the early days of Gridiron football but are never done in modern times. In most leagues, a successful field goal awards three points. A field goal may be scored through a fair catch kick, but this is rare. Since a field goal is worth only three points, as opposed to a touchdown, worth six points, it is only attempted in specific situations; the goal structure consists of a horizontal crossbar suspended 10 feet above the ground, with two vertical goalposts 18 feet 6 inches apart extending vertically from each end of the crossbar.
In American football, the goals are centered on each end line. As a field goal is worth only three points, while a touchdown scores at least six, teams will attempt a field goal only in the following situations: It is fourth down if the offense is more than a yard or two from a new first down, within about 45 yards of the goal posts. In the first half, there is enough time remaining to execute only one more play. In the second half, there is enough time remaining to execute only one more play, the team on offense needs three points to win or tie. Except in desperate situations, a team will attempt field goals only when keeping a drive alive is unlikely, its kicker has a significant chance of success, as a missed field goal results in a turnover at the spot of the kick or at the line of scrimmage. In American high school rules and Canadian football, where a missed field goal is treated the same as a punt, most teams still opt not to attempt field goals from long range since field goal formations are not conducive to covering kick returns.
Under ideal conditions, the best professional kickers had difficulty making kicks longer than 50 yards consistently. If a team chooses not to attempt a field goal on their last down, they can punt to the other team. A punt cannot score any points in American football unless the receiving team touches the ball first and the kicking team recovers it, but it may push the other team back toward its own end; the longest field goal kick in NFL history is 64 yards, a record set by Matt Prater on December 8, 2013. The previous record was 63 set by Tom Dempsey and matched by Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski, David Akers, Graham Gano. High school and most professional football leagues offer only a three-point field goal. NFL Europe encouraged long field goals of 50 yards or more by making those worth four points instead of three, a rule since adopted by the Stars Football League; the sport of arena football sought to repopularize the drop kick by making that worth four points. The overall field goal percentage during the 2010 NFL season was 82.3.
In comparison, Jan Stenerud, one of only two pure kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had a career field goal percentage of 66.8 from 1967 to 1985. When a team decides to attempt a field goal, it will line up in a tight formation, with all but two players lined up along or near the line of scrimmage: the placekicker and the holder; the holder is the team's punter or backup quarterback. Instead of the regular center, a team may have a dedicated long snapper trained to snap the ball on placekick attempts and punts; the holder lines up seven to eight yards behind the line of scrimmage, with the kicker a few yards behind him. Upon receiving the snap, the holder holds the ball against the ground vertically, with the stitches away from the kicker; the kicker begins his approach during the snap, so the snapper and holder have little margin for error. A split-second mistake can disrupt the entire attempt; the measurement of a field goal's distance is from the goalpost to the point where the ball was positioned for the kick by the holder.
In American football, where the goalpost is located at the back of the end zone, the ten yards of the end zone are added to the yard line distance at the spot of the hold. Until the 1960s, placekickers approached the ball straight on, with the toe making first contact with the ball; the technique of kicking the ball "soccer-style", by approaching the ball at an a
A cornerback referred to as a corner or defensive halfback in older parlance, is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers most of the time, to defend against offensive plays, i.e. create turnovers in best case or deflect a forward pass or rather make a tackle. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and linebackers; the cornerback position requires speed and strength. A cornerback's skillset requires proficiency in anticipating the quarterback, executing single and zone coverage, disrupting pass routes, block shedding, tackling. Cornerbacks are among the fastest players on the field; the chief responsibility of the cornerback is to defend against the offense's pass. The rules of American professional football and American college football do not mandate starting position, movement, or coverage zones for any member of the defense. There are no "illegal defense". Cornerbacks can be anywhere on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage at the start of play, although their proximity and strategies are outlined by the coaching staff or captain.
Most modern National Football League defensive formations use four defensive backs. A cornerback's responsibilities vary depending on how the defense assigns protection to its defensive secondary. In terms of defending the run corners may be assigned to blitz depending on the coaching decisions in a game. In terms of defending passing plays, a corner will be assigned to either zone or man-to-man coverage; the most effective cornerbacks are called "lockdown corners", because they can cover an offensive receiver so on either side of the field, that the quarterback does not throw towards the receiver being covered by a "shutdown corner" any longer. A "shutdown corner" is most used to identify a cornerback that "lines up" on either side of the defensive zone of the field of play. In American football, "shutdown corner" is used to refer to only a few elite players. In zone coverage, the cornerback defends an assigned area of the field. Many schemes and variations were created to provide defensive coordinators great latitude and flexibility which aim to thwart offensive schemes.
When a team is using zone coverage, some areas of the field require special attention when defending against specific pass plays. They include the flats, mid range zones including the void, the deep zones; these are basic terms for the basic zones and routes which vary system to system, league to league, team to team. Advanced forms of coverage may involve "quarterback spies" and "containment" coverages, as well as various "on field adjustments" that require shifts and rotations. At this time the captain attempts to "read" the alignment of the offensive "skill players" in order to best predict and counter the play the offense will run, he will base his decision on past experience, game preparation, a sound comprehension of his teammates strengths and tendencies. These adjustments may change on a play by play basis, due to substitutions or evolving weather or field conditions. For example, defensive coordinators may favor a tendency to play a less aggressive containment style zone coverage during wet or slippery field conditions to avoid problems associated with over-pursuit.
The Cover 1 defense is an aggressive formation employed against offenses trying to gain short yardage. In the Cover 1 defense, one defender—normally a safety—plays deep zone downfield, providing security over the top and freeing the other safety to rush the line of scrimmage or drop back into coverage. Meanwhile, the corner's primary responsibility is to play on or off the receiver and not release him vertically. Defensive coordinators call for Cover 1 formations only when their cornerbacks are skilled at playing man-to-man coverage; the Cover 2 formation, which deploys four defensive backs in a "two-deep zone," is popular among NFL defensive coordinators because it uses two safeties to defend the deep routes instead of one. The safeties line up on or near their respective hashmarks between 11 and 15 yards off the line of scrimmage, while the cornerbacks line up around five yards from the wide receivers nearest to each sideline. With the safeties able to watch the play develop in front of them, the corners are free to pursue a more aggressive style of play.
In Cover 2, the cornerback is responsible for "containment," meaning that he is tasked with preventing any eligible receiver or ball carrier from running between him and the sideline. He funnels receivers toward the middle of the field and may physically "jam" them within five yards of the line of scrimmage in order to disrupt their assigned routes. If he determines that the offense is not attempting a running play or a pass into the flat, he drops back to defend the secondary; this is referred to as the "catch-and-run" technique. Cornerbacks mirror each other's zone responsibilities. However, sometimes they play a "man-up" style of bump-and-run cove
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He has won the most of any football player ever. After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Due to his late selection, Brady is considered the biggest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft. In Brady's seventeen seasons as a starter, he has played in a record nine Super Bowls with the Patriots, is one of only two quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first season as a starter. Brady holds most of the postseason quarterback records, leading all players in postseason touchdowns, passing yards, completions, while owning the corresponding Super Bowl records as well. Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards, the most by a player, as well as three league MVP awards. Brady has been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, has led his team to more division titles than any other quarterback in NFL history.
He is fourth all-time in career passing yards for regular season play, third in career touchdown passes, first in postseason career passing yards, first in postseason career passing touchdowns, fourth in career passer rating, fourteenth in postseason career passer rating. For regular season and postseason combined, Brady is first all-time in career passing yards and touchdown passes; the only quarterback to reach 200 regular-season wins, Brady is the winningest quarterback in NFL history. With a postseason record of 30–10, he is first all-time in playoff wins and appearances for an NFL player. Brady has led the Patriots to an NFL-record eight consecutive AFC championship games since 2011, has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback, he is tied for the record for the longest touchdown pass at 99 yards to Wes Welker. For his alleged involvement in the publicized Deflategate football-tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. Brady and the Patriots won two of the next three Super Bowls, making him the record holder for most Super Bowl wins by a player, the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, at 41.
Brady was born in San Mateo, California, on August 3, 1977, the only son and fourth child of Galynn Patricia and Thomas Brady, Sr. He has three older sisters, Nancy and Maureen, was raised as a Catholic, his father is of Irish descent, while his mother has German, Norwegian and Swedish ancestry. Two of Brady's great-great-grandparents on his father's side and Bridget Brady, were Irish refugees from the Great Famine who moved to San Francisco from Boston before the American Civil War, they were accompanied by Bridget's sister Ann and her husband Lawrence Meegan, the parents of the 19th-century American Major League Baseball player "Steady" Pete Meegan. Brady's great-uncle Michael Buckley Jr. was the first American prisoner of war in World War II. In the 1980s, Brady attended San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park, where he was a fan of quarterback Joe Montana. At age four, Brady attended the 1981 NFC Championship, against the Dallas Cowboys, in which Montana threw The Catch to Dwight Clark.
As a child, Brady attended football camp at the College of San Mateo, where he was taught to throw the football by camp counselor and future NFL/AFL quarterback Tony Graziani. Brady grew up as a Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics fan, he attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he graduated in 1995. He played football and baseball in high school, he played against Bellarmine College Preparatory rival Pat Burrell in both baseball. Brady began his football career as the backup quarterback on the Padres junior varsity team. At first, Brady was not good enough to start on the 0–8 JV team, which had not scored a touchdown all year. Brady ascended to the starting position, he held the position until he graduated. By Brady's senior year, he was striving to be noticed by college coaches, he created highlight tapes and sent them to schools he considered attending. This led to strong interest from many football programs around the nation; the process of recruiting was much different during Brady's time, athletes' rankings were not as prominent.
In terms of recruiting in the 2000s, Brady would have been considered a four-star recruit. In essence, he was a rated prospect. Brady was on Blue Chip Illustrated as well as a Prep Football Report All-American selection. After his recruiting process, he narrowed down his list to five schools. "Probably the ones that we did hear from and pared the list to were Cal–Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Illinois”, his father said. As a Cal fan, his father hoped that Brady would attend the nearby Cal, where Brady was a silent commit, that he would be able to watch his son play. Brady was known as a great baseball player in high school, he was a left-handed-batting catcher with power. His skills impressed MLB scouts, he was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos; the Expos projected Brady as a potential All-Star, offered him money typical of that offered to a late second-round or early third-round pick. Brady was determined to play football at the ne