Tom Brady is now 40 years old and in his 18th season as a quarterback for the New England Patriots. He is also about to play for his sixth Super Bowl ring.
It has been 17 years since Brady’s first Super Bowl. That season, Brady replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe, beat the Raiders in the “tuck rule” game, and helped the Patriots beat the heavily favored St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl.
The only other constants between the 2001 Patriots and this season’s team is head coach Bill Belichick and a couple of assistant coaches. Most of Brady’s teammates from that season have now moved on. That group now includes television analysts, one NFL head coach, a professional poker player, and amazingly, a kicker who is still playing.
Below we look back at Brady’s first Super Bowl teammates and see what they are up to today.
Seymour spent eight seasons with the Patriots and last appeared in the NFL in 2012 with the Raiders. He is now a professional poker player and finished 18th in one WPT event.
17 years later, Brady is now widely considered the GOAT in the NFL and is entering the conversation for one of the greatest athletes ever in North American sports.
Drew Bledsoe was drafted by the Patriots as the first pick in the 1993 draft and served as their starting quarterback for nine seasons. He signed a then-record 10-year, $ 103 million contract extension in 2001, nine months after the Patriots drafted Tom Brady, but he lost his job to Brady early in the next season when he ruptured a blood vessel in his chest. He returned from the injury but did not regain his starting job in New England.