Tom Brady has cemented his legacy as the Greatest Player of all time and his 7 Super Bowl rings are a testament to the same. But even the Goat has some interesting and fun stories, incidents, and anecdotes that have taken place over his illustrious 21 years in the league.
Tom Brady just turned 44 and will be entering his 22nd season with the Bucs next month. In fact, his career is so long that his former teammate Mike Vrabel is now the Head Coach for the Tennessee Titans.
Vrabel played for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008 and has gone down as one of the most beloved players of his era. The Linebacker was a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2019.
He would occasionally come in as an eligible receiver, lining up as a tight end. Bill Belichick took advantage of this in 2004 in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In the fourth quarter, Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Vrabel, making Vrabel the first defensive player to score a Super Bowl touchdown on offense since William “Refrigerator” Perry did so for the Chicago Bears against the Patriots in 1986’s Super Bowl XX.
Including the postseason, @TomBrady has thrown 614 career touchdowns. 10 of those were caught by Mike Vrabel.
— NFL (@NFL) August 14, 2020
Mike Vrabel retold a hilarious story about Tom Brady and his experience on the offense
Asked for a classic Tom Brady story, Vrabel pointed to when he began moonlighting as a tight end back 2002. It didn’t take long for Brady to remind the linebacker he was still really a linebacker that needed to stay in his lane:
“My indoctrination to the goal-line [offense]: I had maybe caught a couple touchdowns and was feeling pretty good about myself, and we went to practice one day and I broke free on a crossing route or something like that. So I start yelling, ‘Tom! Tom! Tom!’ and I’m waving my hands. But he doesn’t throw it to me. I come back, and we’re in the huddle when he says, ‘Mikey, if you ever wave your f—in’ hands and ask for the ball again, I’ll never throw it to you. I know who’s open. I’m the quarterback, I’ll throw it to whoever the f— I want!’ That was the last time I ever called for the ball.”
Mike Vrabel was a star linebacker but also had a regular presence as a tight end in goal-line packages. caught 12 passes during his NFL career between the regular season and playoffs, all of which went for touchdowns. But he learned that nobody should try to get in Brady’s way in practice.