Better than Brady?
Six quarterbacks already had been drafted in 2000 when the Patriots came up in the sixth round to make the 199th overall choice. Marshall's Chad Pennington was a legitimate first-round pick, and the Jets took him. No problem there. But when the 49ers drafted Hofstra's Giovanni Carmazzi in the third round (to say nothing of Southwest Texas State's Spergon Wynn going to the Browns 16 picks earlier in the sixth round), well, Tom Brady was furious.
"I will never forget those days," said Brady, who grew up rooting for the 49ers. "It was a time in my career when I didn't know if I was going to be playing football. You keep seeing those other quarterbacks being taken, you start putting scenarios in your head."
For New England's sixth-round pick, it was down to Brady and Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech. Quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein, who had worked them both out, gave the slight edge to Brady. Fortunately for the Patriots, head coach Bill Belichick concurred.
The 2000 Draft's first six QBs
Player, College, NFL team, Round, Overall Pick
Marshall, Jets, Round 1, Pick 18.
Hofstra, 49ers, Round 3, Pick 65.
Louisville, Ravens, Round 3, Pick 75.
Tennessee, Steelers, Round 5, Pick 163.
West Virginia, Saints, Round 6, Pick 168.
SW Texas St., Browns, Round 6, Pick 183.
-- Greg Garber