Tom Brady’s first love was not football.
The recently retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers had received other accolades before seven Super Bowl rings, five Super Bowl MVPs and an NFL record for passing yards (89,214) and touchdowns (649). .
Brady, 45, has been a multisport athlete since his youth, and this included playing the pastime of America. rice field.
Pete Jensen, Brady’s high school baseball coach in San Mateo, Calif., told ABC Action News that he thinks it’s “his best sport.”
Brady was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft.
This makes Brady the last active professional athlete drafted by the Expos. The seven-time Super Bowl champion said Wednesday morning in an emotional video on the beach that he said goodbye to the sport he played professionally for 23 years and retired from the NFL “permanently.”
Prior to Brady, Ian Desmond was drafted by the Expos in 2004, but never played for the Expos. He made his MLB debut in 2009 with the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal to his DC.
“Scouting a player who didn’t end up signing has never been more fun,” Expos scout John Hughes, who drafted Brady, told The Hartford Courant in 2019.
“Everyone knew how hard it would be to sign him, so he was drafted in the 18th round. He was so talented. Talent alone made him a second-round pick. would have been expected to slow down
Hughes said he believed Brady had success in the league as a catcher with his athleticism and strong pitching arm.
However, Brady wasn’t optimistic enough to make it in the big leagues.
“I would have sold insurance. Baseball wasn’t my sport,” Brady previously said on “The Dan Patrick Show.”