On his way to setting many single season records in this 2007-2008 season and possibly winning the NFL MVP, Tom Brady is easily considered one of, if not, the best quarterback in the NFL.

Thomas Brady, born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California, was son to Tom and Galynn Brady. Brady started his football carrer at Junipero Serra High in San Mateo, CA. In two years of starting for Junipero Serra High, he passed for 3,702 yards, 31 touchdowns, and a 52.8% completion rating (236/447 attempts). He was an All-American selection in his senior year of high school. Brady also played catcher on the baseball team and was drafted in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft to the Montreal Expos. In 2003, he was selected in to the Junipero Serra High School Hall of Fame.

After high school, Brady committed to Michigan University and was a full time starter for two years. He was red-shirted in his freshman year, but in his sophomore season, he appeared in four games and passed for 103 yards on 15 attempts. He was the backup to Brian Griese in his sophomore season and Michigan went on to win the National Championship that season.

In his junior year, his first season as a full time starter, Brady threw for 2,636 yards on 350 attepmts and threw 15 touchdowns. He set a school record for most completions (214) and attempts (350) in one season. He was a Big Ten honorable mention and an Academic Big Ten pick. In his senior season, he threw for 2,586 yards (ranks third on Michigan’s season-record list) on 214 completions. He threw 20 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and was also selected to the All-Big Ten second-team.

In 2000, Brady was selected 199th overall in the NFL Draft to the New England Patriots. In his first season as a Patriot, he was listed on the inactive list for 14 weeks of the regular season. He completed one pass in his rookie season to J.R. Redmond for six yards.

In 2001, Brady started 14 of 15 regular season games and threw for 2,843 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He set a Patriot single-season record with a completion rating of 63.9. He also ended up fifth on the Patriot single-season record list with a quarterback rating of 86.5. Brady was also named to the Pro Bowl in the 2001 season, along with being Super Bowl XXXVI MVP.

In 2002, Brady was the full time starter for the Patriots, starting all 16 games. He threw for 3,764 yards, 28 touchdowns (led the league), and 14 interceptions. His touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2002 was +14 which was the fourth highest total in the NFL. He completed a touchdown in the first 9 games of the season, and his 410 passing yards against the Chiefs that year ranks sixth on the all-time Patriots list.

In 2003, Brady was again, the full time starter for the Patriots. He finished off the regular season with 3,602 passing yards (ranked third in the league), and 23 touchdowns. He recorded six games that season in which he had a quarterback rating over 100.0. He was named Super Bowl XXXVIII MVP along with being NFL MVP.

In the 2004 season, Brady was named to his second Pro Bowl after registering a 92.6 quarterback rating in the regular season (second highest in Patriots history), and tying his career best 28 touchdown passes. Brady was also named the Sporting Good Sportsman of the Year and Sports Illustrated NFL Player of the Year.

In the 2005 season, he started all 16 games for the fourth consecutive year (78 consecutive regular season starts is the third longest active streak for NFL quarterbacks). He led the NFL with a career high 4,110 yards and led the AFC with 26 touchdown passes. He was named to his third career Pro Bowl and was Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

In the 2006 season, he threw for 3,529 yards (ranked third in the AFC) and 24 touchdown passes. He started all 16 regular season games for the fifth consecutive year. He also recorded 300+ yards passing in three games.

In this 2007 season, Brady seems to be on his way to his fourth Pro Bowl and becoming the NFL MVP and also possibly leading his undefeted Patriots team to the Super Bowl.

Along with Brady being a large impact on the field, his cards are also some of the most sought out cards in football card collecting. If you are looking to pick up a few Brady cards, here is a list of some of his best cards out right now (according to Beckett Magazine Vol. 7 Number 6 Issue #27*):

Best Rookie Cards:
-2000 SP Authentic RC #118 BV $800
-2000 Playoff Contenders RC Auto #114 BV $750
-2000 SPx RC #130 BV $300
-2000 Leaf Limited RC #378 BV $150
-2000 Leaf Rookies & Stars RC #134 BV $120

Best Single Autographs:
-2000 Press Pass #3 BV $150
-2002 Topps Football Auto #/150 #SBMVP BV $500
-2002 Topps Ring of Honor #RHTBR SBXXXVI BV $300
-2004 Topps Ring of Honor #RHTBR2 BV $350
-2004 Topps Super Tix #STATB BV $800

*Brady’s cards have steadily risen in value all season long so don’t be surprised to pay over these values.