If you think three Super Bowl titles, a supermodel wife and a 22,000-square-foot mansion have erased the emotional memories of being drafted 199th, then you don't know Tom Brady very well.
BradyBrady and his father recalled his draft day 11 years ago for "The Brady 6," an hour-long ESPN documentary that looks back on that year's class of quarterbacks and how an afterthought turned into one of the game's all-time greats.
During his interview for the film, Brady broke down and wept while remembering.
"We were led to believe that he was going to be drafted, possibly second round, probably third round," Tom Brady Sr. said. "They kept calling quarterback names, and we kept being stunned.
"We were very distraught. With each name it was becoming worse and worse."
At the beginning of the sixth round, Brady couldn't take it anymore and went for a walk. He returned about 22 picks into the round.
Brady had to leave the house again.
"It was hard," Brady said. "I remember taking a walk with my dad and mom around the block ..."
Brady stopped for several seconds, lowered his head and began to cry.
"It was just a tough day, you know?" he continued. "I just remember being there with my mom and dad."
Brady's chin continued to quake. He paused again to gather himself.
"Sorry about that," Brady said. "You know, they were just so supportive of me. They take it as emotional as I do. Finally, when the Patriots called, I was so excited. I was, like, 'I don't have to be an insurance salesman,' you know?"
Brady wiped tears from his eyes.
"My family was there," Brady said. "We were all excited, and thank God I got picked here."