Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has already made his case as the most decorated football player of all time. Although Brady's career started as one of the all-time underdog stories, it is one that just as easily could have not come to fruition.
Aspiring athletes are always told to have a good backup plan outside of sports. Brady said in an interview with ESPN that he would likely be a businessman had his football career not panned out:
“I thought that’s kinda what my fall-back plan was to be in some sort of business situation,” Brady said. “I went to a really great university in the United States, the University of Michigan, and it prepared me very well. “Although my main interest always lied in professional sports, so had it not worked out in football, I’m not sure what I would have done. Fortunately, I never had to, and I still haven’t had to think about what’s beyond football because I’m still actively playing. So it’s been a great career for me, and I still have things that I really want to prove to myself and I’ll get the opportunity to do this year and hopefully years beyond this.
Brady had boasted quite an impressive resume coming out of college after earning academic achievement honors in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He also interned for Merrill Lynch as an assistant to the senior sales broker. It is safe to say that he was well-prepared to pursue this area after graduation.
Fortunately, Brady was taken by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. And all his efforts could now go toward sharpening his skill set at the next level. It would not be long before he would take over as the franchise quarterback and lead one of the most dominant dynasties in league history.
Brady is now set to start a new chapter in Tampa Bay and has wasted no time in showing off his business acumen with his new merchandise that features plenty of name play with his new city.