Former Montreal Expos Draft Pick Tom Brady Retires After 22 Seasons
Tomy Brady, the last active Montreal Expos draft pick has finally retired.
Known by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady has finally decided to hang up his cleats after 22 illustrious seasons. The Patriots and Tampa Bay QB retires the all-time NFL leader in touchdown passes (624), career pass completions (7,263). passing yards (85,520), and QB career wins (243).
Known for his postseason success, Brady won seven Super Bowls and was named Super Bowl MVP five times while also adding three regular-season MVP awards to his crowded resume. He was also a 15 time Pro Bowler and a six-time All-Pro.
Drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, Brady almost pursued a different sports career. Committed to playing football at the University of Michigan for the 1995 season, the Montreal Expos still decided to draft Brady in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft.
At the time, he was seen by the Expos scout John Hughes as an intriguing catching prospect.
"“First of all he had good size, 6-4,” Hughes said. “He had a body we called projectable where he had room to get stronger, add weight. He was a left-handed hitter which went nice with the catching position. He had some tools. He could really throw and he had power. For a catcher, he had those things and stood out.”"
Brady was invited to take join the Expos practice in an attempt for the players to sway the high schooler to focus on baseball. Instead, the plan backfired with Former Expos player and Nationals TV broadcaster F.P. Santangelo telling Brady to go to Michigan.
Santangelo and other Expos players told Brady:
"“We’re like why in the world would you make $800 a month, play in front of 100 people in the minor leagues, riding buses for ten hours when you can play in front of 100,000 people at (Michigan’s) Big House on Saturday,”. Enjoy the college experience. So, John’s experience kind of backfired. We were supposed to say ‘hey Tom, play baseball and we were like hey Tom, play football.”"
The rest is history as Brady went on to terrorize opposing NFL teams and rides off into the sunset on top.