Tom Brady (Photo By Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
With the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft the New England Patriots select from Michigan, quarterback Tom Brady. Those words spoken by then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would change the future of the the Patriots and the NFL. Tom Brady has gone on to have a great career and is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks of not only his era but in football history. Brady has led the Patriots to 5 Super Bowl appearances and 3 Championships. He is the biggest late round draft pick ever, being selected in the 6th round. But their were 6 QB’s selected before Brady. Here is a look at the six that came before Brady and the teams that missed out on greatness.
18th Overall Pick – Chad Pennington, New York Jets
Pennington was the most hyped QB going into the draft. Pennington had a solid college career with Marshall. Pennington retired after the 2010 season. He played for the Jets the majority of his career and played his final 3 season with the Miami Dolphins. Pennington would play in 4 post seasons and had a post season record of 2 wins and 4 loses. Pennington did make history during his career, holding the record for career passing percentage among QB’s with more than 1500 pass attempts at 66.0%.
No Quarterbacks Drafted
65th Overall Pick – Giovanni Carmazzi, San Francisco 49ers
Carmazzi played at Hofstra during his college years. He would never play in a regular season NGL game. Carmazzi finished his pro football career in the CFL in 2005.
75th Over All Pick – Chris Redman, Baltimore Ravens
Redman has played for the Ravens, Patriots, Titans and most recently the Falcons before his release in August of 2012. He was lucky enough to win a Super Bowl ring as a backup to Trent Dilfer on the 2000 Ravens championship team. Redman would best be described as a career back up QB.
No Quarterbacks Drafted
163rd Overall Pick – Tee Martin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tee Martin played only one game for the Steelers and never started a game in his career. He spent the 2002 season in NFL Europe playing for the Rhein Fire. In 2003 he signed with the Oakland Raiders for his final NFL season. Martin ended his professional career in 2005 as a part of the CFL. In total Martin played only 3 games in the NFL.
168th Overall Pick – Marc Bulger, New Orleans Saints
Marc Bulger was the only Pro Bowl QB selected before Tom Brady. In the first of his two Pro Bowl appearances Bulger won the MVP award in that game. He went on a crazy ride after the draft by signing with the Saints, Falcons and the Ravens before the 2000 season began. Bulger took over at QB for the Rams when Kurt Warner retired. Bulger retired in 2010 with the Ravens.
183 Overall Pick – Spergon Wynn, Cleveland Browns
Spergon Wynn spent his career as a back up QB. He played for 2 NFL teams and 4 CFL teams. Wynn retired from football in 2006.
The list QB’s selected before Tom Brady is pretty shocking. Only one of those players made it to a Pro Bowl. The majority were career back up QB’s and none of these players are still professionally active. There was a lot of belief that Brady’s frame was not built for the NFL which was the greatest ding against him. The Patriots saw something in Brady that no other team did and they were able to reap the benefits of that faith. When Tom Brady retires he will undoubtedly head to the Hall Of Fame and the history books. While all of the others before him are just history.
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Walter Payton was one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League. He retired after the 1987 season with the Chicago Bears. Payton finished his career with 110 rushing TD’s, 15 receiving TD’s and 16,726 rushing yards. He was also on one of the best bears teams ever, the 1985 Chicago Bears. The Bears won Super Bowl XX and cemented Payton’s place in the Hall Of Fame as a Super Bowl winner. There however is one thing missing from his career. Payton never scored during the only Super Bowl appearance and you might be suprised to find out it was no fault of his own.
Walter Payton in Superbowl XX. (Getty Images)
When the season began Head Coach Mike Ditka was very high on his 1st draft pick William “the refrigerator” Perry. Perry came into camp very unimpressive and was overweight at 380lbs. The Defensive coach Buddy Ryan was not impressed by Perry and did not want to play him. During the early part of the season Ditka got the idea to use Perry in offensive plays to block for Walter Payton. Perry sometimes even rushed with the ball himself. He was later put into the defense and played well. During the season Perry became an offensive gimmick. He was the funny fat guy that the fans cheered for. Perry almost overshadowed the rest of the team in popularity.
William Perry (Getty Images)
The Bears made it through the season with a 15-1 record. They plowed through the divisional and championship games to make it to Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Their challengers were the Cinderella team of that season, the New England Patriots. Nobody expected the Pats to make it as far as they did. They were the underdogs going into the title game. The Bears dominated the Pats on the defensive side of the ball. The Offense of the Bears was stifled a bit, although the score tells a different story. The Patriots based their defense around stopping Walter Payton. They did just that, Payton was held to 66 yards on 22 carries. Even with the lack of success Payton was still the Bears leading rusher in the game.
Mike Ditka made two decisions during that game that haunt him to this day. On the two opportunities where the Bears were close to the goal line and a rush for the touchdown seemed the best choice, Ditka chose William Perry and Quarterback Jim McMahon to make those TD’s. The most disappointing TD for Walter Payton was the Perry rush for the TD. Perry had been primarily a defensive player and a gimmicky running back. For Payton not to be allowed to gain the glory of scoring a TD in the biggest game of his career is a complete disgrace.
Mike Ditka after Superbowl XX. (Getty Images)
Walter Payton was always a stand up man and until the day he died he never openly questioned Mike Ditka for not letting him run in a TD in the Super Bowl. Ditka has come out in recent years an said if he could do it all over again he would have opted for Payton to get the Super Bowl glory. While Ditka can own up to his mistakes he will never be able to give those moments to the great Walter Payton.
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