Brady led the New England Patriots to that thrilling 30-27 win over the Saints on Sunday, which marked yet another great moment in the career of somebody who might be the game’s greatest quarterback. There are others in the conversation, of course, but if you were putting together a short list, Brady would have to be on it.
He is 141-40 as an NFL starting quarterback. He has won three Super Bowls and taken the Patriots to two others. He has done it despite almost never having an elite receiver to work with.
With all that success, it’s funny to look back at how his career in the spotlight began. It was in 1996 when he was a freshman at Michigan. The Wolverines hosted UCLA. Brady was from California, and about 30 family members were in the stands that day.
Brady, the third-string quarterback, got to play in the 38-9 win. The first pass of his college career was intercepted by run back by Ward for UCLA’s only touchdown.
Ward eventually made it to the NFL, but not for long. He played two games for St. Louis Rams in 1998 before appearing in two more games for New Orleans in 2000, which was Brady’s rookie year with New England. No, the Saints didn’t play the Patriots that year.
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