Tom Brady entered Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) never having played a down of tackle football.
was something of a Little League legend, often associated with his
sister Maureen, an All-American softball pitcher for Hillsdale High (San
Mateo) who later played at Fresno State. His two other sisters also
played sports collegiately, Julie at St. Mary's College (soccer) and
Nancy at Cal (softball).
The youngest of four children and the
only boy was proud of his sisters, but also driven by them, said Dean
Ayoob, a current Serra assistant football coach who was a senior at the
school when Brady was a freshman.
"From what I recall, a driving force for Tom was to not be known simply as Maureen's little brother," Ayoob said.
than having good size, he didn't stand out much when he was one of
eight quarterbacks who tried out for Serra's freshman team. He was a
backup to one of his best friends Kevin Krystofiak and rarely played for
an 0-8-1 squad.
"I think he got into a play or two as an
outside linebacker," then Serra varsity coach Tom MacKenzie said.
"Honestly, I barely remembered his name back then. He was sort of a face
in the crowd."
Now, of course, he's one of the most
famous athletes in the world. He and Joe Montana, his childhood idol,
are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win multiple MVP awards and
Super Bowl titles.
Heading into today's Monday Night Football
game with the Houston Texans, Brady has thrown for 43,278 career yards and
324 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. His QB rating
His high school days at Serra were solid but nothing
earth-shattering. Same could be said of his college career. Could say he
was the ultimate late-bloomer.
That said, video here shows he obviously had a lot of promise. Here's the rest of the that Starting Point
feature called "Tom Brady was no goody two shoes." Also see Brady as he addressed
Serra High School alumni last season.
An excerpt from a MaxPreps feature called Starting Point, that ran the day of Super Bowl XLII in 2008: