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By the Numbers: Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady

A data driven look at Tampa’s new quarterback

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A new day has arrived, and while Tom Brady’s time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not last long enough to be called an era, the potential is great and could usher in a short burst of truly memorable football in Tampa, Florida.

No introduction is needed to the man most consider the greatest quarterback of all-time. Better than Joe Montana, than Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, all of them. In a production driven business, statistics and records often dominate the course of everyday conversations. Here, we’re going to look at just some of the numbers that outline what Tom Brady brings to the Bucs in 2020.


The amount of years Brady has in the National Football League. Coming out of Michigan in the 2000 NFL Draft, the Wolverines quarterback has become known as the shining example of what a sixth-round draft pick can become with hard work and opportunity.


Brady’s NFL win/loss percentage during his 20-year career. His Patriots teams have won 219 games out of a possible 283.

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The amount of seasons in Brady’s career he’s played in at least fifteen of that year’s regular season schedule. The first of the three years he missed more than one game came in his rookie 2000 season when he appeared in just one game, completing one of three pass attempts for a total of six-yards. Then, in 2008, Brady missed 15 games with a torn ACL. Finally, the quarterback missed four games in 2016 as a result of his suspension following ‘Deflategate’.


Seasons Brady has thrown for 4,000-yards or more, including the last three straight and eight of the last nine with the suspension shortened 2016 season being the only year he failed to reach the mark. Instead, finishing with 3,554-yards in twelve games.


Average of the points scored against the New England Patriots during Brady’s nine Super Bowl seasons. The most points scored against his team in a Super Bowl winning season came in the 2018-19 season when the Patriots allowed opponents to score 325-points against them, ranking seventh-best in the NFL that year.


Average points scored per year in seasons the Patriots finished in the Super Bowl, with Brady as their quarterback. The lowest point production by a Brady led offense in a championship season came in 2003-2004 when the Patriots scored 348-points (12th in the NFL), and defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.


The number of 1,000-yard rushers who played with Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl seasons. Brady led teams are 3-0 in Super Bowls when boasting a 1,000-yard rusher on the team.

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Brady’s career touchdown throw percentage. With 541 career touchdown passes, Brady is second among active quarterbacks to only Drew Brees who currently has 547 passing touchdowns in his own career. His current career touchdown pass percentage is 24th in NFL history and tied for third among active quarterbacks with Drew Brees, behind Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson who both currently sit at 6% (9th All-Time).

Along the way, Brady has thrown for fewer than 24 touchdowns just twice in a season where he played in more than one game.


The current percentage of Tom Brady’s career passes which have been intercepted, for a total of 179 career interceptions. The percentage ranks fourth all-time, and tied for fourth among active quarterbacks. Only Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and Aaron Rodgers have better career interception percentages among active quarterbacks.


The most Brady had earned in a single season, coming in 2019. Brady had two Super Bowl wins under his belt before earning more than $9M in a single season, and it took another 14-years before he would earn north of $20M, until now.


Super Bowl Championships.

Those are just some of the numbers that help illustrate what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting by signing Tom Brady to a two-year contract beginning in 2020.

What the future holds will be a topic of conversation from now until September, and if history is any indicator of what’s coming, it’s going to be fun to watch.