VIDEO: Remembering Tom Brady's First Career Passing Attempt in the NFL

Tristan Jung
Tom Brady's first career pass took place almost 20 years ago against the Detroit Lions.
Tom Brady's first career pass took place almost 20 years ago against the Detroit Lions. / YouTube/Savage Brick Archive

Tom Brady's first career pass could have gone better for the future Hall of Famer. As a sixth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady was the back up for Drew Bledsoe with the New England Patriots and didn't see any action until a Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions. The Patriots were getting blown out, 34-9, in the fourth quarter, so Bill Belichick allowed Brady to gain his first NFL experience.

Brady dropped back for the first pass attempt of his NFL career. He'd been waiting for this moment his whole life. He felt the pass rush and decided to dump the ball off to running back J.R. Redmond.

Unfortunately, Brady's nerves got the better of him and he lasered a ball that hit Redmond in the face for an incomplete pass. Perhaps, Redmond could've made a better play, but it wasn't a great throw either.

Unlike many sixth-round picks, Tom Brady went on to make many, many more NFL memories. However, as the 20th anniversary of Brady's first season approaches, it's stunning to see how little was expected of him. That was Brady's only appearance of the entire 2000 season, with a total of three passing attempts and just one completion for six yards to show for it.

He wouldn't see the field again until Bledsoe suffered a crushing chest injury in Week 2 of the 2001 season. After that, Brady would make 283 starts for the Patriots and win six Super Bowls.

Sometimes you can judge a quarterback based on their first appearance, but other times you have no idea how things will turn out.

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