We all know Tom Brady as the future Hall of Fame quarterback who has won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, has been to nine Pro Bowls and the list goes on ...
But what if Brady had followed a different career path? What if he hadn't been drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, No. 199 overall?
Brady found his college résumé and posted it on his Facebook page for a fun Throwback Thursday.
“Found my old résumé! Really thought I was going to need this after the fifth round. #tbt,” Brady wrote in the post.
If Brady hadn't become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he could have fallen back on his degree in general studies from the University of Michigan. He graduated from Michigan’s College of Literature Science and the Arts in 1999 with an emphasis in business and psychology, with a GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 in those concentrations.
At the top of Brady's list of summer jobs was his position as an intern at Merrill Lynch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was an assistant to senior sales broker for two summers in 1998 and 1999. Brady wrote that he was "exposed to upper-level management and company strategy" and "researched stock and mutual fund reports while updating client portfolios." Tom Brady, stockbroker? Doesn't have quite the same ring to it is as NFL quarterback.
If a career in football hadn’t panned out, maybe Brady could have tried getting a job in another sporting industry -- golf. Brady spent two summers -- while also working at Merrill Lynch -- as a sales representative at the University of Michigan Golf Course for one summer and at the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club in Jackson, Michigan, for the other. His roles at those courses were as a sales rep, course ranger and starter. Imagine stepping to the first tee and having Brady tell you to keep your cart off the fifth and 12th fairways?
Brady also had hands-on experience in construction -- mainly in supervision and management -- and as a security manager at the Top of the Park Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
And just for icing on the cake, Brady listed some of his football accolades at the bottom of his résumé -- 1997 national champion, 1999 team captain, etc.
Could it be that the managerial and leadership experience he attained in the real world prior to being drafted helped him become the field general we see today? If so, we tip our caps to Brady's summer employers, but are thankful he never had to knock on your doors looking for a full-time gig.