It’s The Oracle’s 12th issue of the school year, and it’s simply impossible to pick another athlete other than the legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for this week’s Hall of Fame appearance, who has donned the No. 12 for the entirety of his NFL career. Considering he was drafted 199th overall by the Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft, a successful football career seemed improbable. Yet we all know how the story went from there. The Patriots have made 10 consecutive playoff appearances since 2009, in large part due to Brady’s dominance. He has led his team to the Super Bowl nine times, winning six of them. He is the NFL’s second best quarterback of all time in passing yards (74,571), passes completed (6,377) and passing touchdowns (541). He also leads active quarterbacks in games started, with 285, and is the league’s all-time king in playoff games played in, with 41 to his name.
Tom Brady is a household name. His jersey can be spotted almost anywhere and his name is synonymous with some of the greatest athletes in history. Most people my age have known who he is since elementary school. Even though he’s in his early 40s, there seems to be almost no sign of him slowing down. Love him or hate him, Brady’s impact on the sports world is immeasurable.