Brady aims to surpass Haley

31 January 2018 04:32:53 GMTPlus11

Tom Brady can win an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl ring on Sunday when the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Currently tied with former San Francisco 49er and Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley, Brady has come a long way since infamously being picked 199th in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Chad Pennington - who was the only quarterback taken in the first round that year - Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn were all taken before the former Michigan star.

The Carmazzi pick, to his hometown 49ers, had to sting Brady, who had been on Bay Area radio prior to the NFL Draft talking about how he'd like to join the storied franchise.

All water under the bridge these days, although you have to wonder how good San Francisco would have been with Brady at quarterback to follow Joe Montana and Steve Young, particularly given that Steve Mariucci, a noted quarterback guru, was the head coach of the Niners.

At an age where most signal callers have long retired, Brady had another stellar year leading the league in passing yards ahead of Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger of the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively.

Brady previously led the league in 2005 and 2007, although New England did not win the Super Bowl in either year, losing to the New York Giants in the latter, while falling at the Divisional Round to the Denver Broncos in 2005.

New England are 2.70 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Eagles 1.50.

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