A curler dreaming of Winter Olympics glory, a coach for the Baltimore Ravens and a TV presenter in Kentucky… Tom Brady was the SIXTH quarterback taken in the 2000 NFL Draft, but what happened to those picked BEFORE the GOAT?
- Tom Brady was somehow the sixth quarterback selected in the 2000 NFL Draft
- On Sunday night the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star won his seventh Super Bowl
- But he wasn’t fancied when he was about to leave the University of Michigan
- So how did the quarterbacks chosen before him get on and where are they now?
It is unthinkable after watching Tom Brady lift his seventh Super Bowl title that coaches and general managers involved in the 2000 NFL Draft thought there were six quarterbacks better than No 12.
Brady came into the NFL 21 years ago from the University of Michigan but both his talent and potential were not obvious to those in the game. Elite prospects from a draft class are taken in the earlier rounds but Brady had to bide his time.
Eventually, the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick took him but not until the sixth round and the 199th pick. Over two decades later and he is now the sport’s greatest ever player.
Tom Brady won the seventh Super Bowl title of his career on Sunday with the Buccaneers
After six Super Bowl wins with the Patriots, Brady proved he could do it away from New England and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a convincing 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa on Sunday night.
His superb performance was another blow to those head coaches and general managers who overlooked him back in 2000. Here, Sportsmail looks at what happened to those quarterbacks taken before Brady and where they are now.
Chad Pennington – New York Jets (Round 1, pick 18)
Pennington was probably the most successful of the lot. He played in the NFL for 11 seasons in spells with the Jets and the Miami Dolphins, earning an estimated $51million (£37m).
He also won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award twice in 2006 and 2009 and won two AFC East titles in 2002 and 2008.
When Pennington retired, he boasted the leading career pass completion figure in the NFL with 66 per cent. Now 44, he is still involved in the game, working for the NFL Legends Community and his own 1st and 10 foundation.
Chad Pennington with Brady after the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium in 2007
Pennington, pictured with 2020 No 1 draft pick Joe Burrow (R), is still involved with the NFL
Giovanni Carmazzi – San Francisco 49ers (Round 3, pick 65)
Carmazzi had almost no career in the NFL. He never started a single game and was consigned to the 49ers practice squad.
After leaving the NFL, Carmazzi had spells with Rhein Fire in NFL Europe and with the BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.
Back in 2011, he made an appearance on ESPN and was described as a ‘yoga-practicing farmer’ in California, who owns five goats but not a TV. It might soften the blow that he couldn’t watch as Brady collected yet another Super Bowl title on Sunday.
Giovanni Carmazzi never started a single game in the NFL and is now a farmer in California
Chris Redman – Baltimore Ravens (Round 3, pick 75)
Like Pennington, Redman did have a long career in the NFL but he was never a franchise’s No 1 guy. He played eight seasons with the Ravens and Atlanta Falcons but only started a handful of games as he struggled for playing time.
However, despite being a back up, Redman is the only member of the six QBs to ever win a Super Bowl, collecting the ultimate prize with the Ravens in 2001.
Now he’s made the move into television and can regularly be seen on ‘Game On’, a sports show on an NBC affiliate channel in Louisville, Kentucky.
Chris Redman won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens but was not the team’s starter
Now he works as a TV presenter in Kentucky – pictured here with NBA star James Harden
Tee Martin – Pittsburgh Steelers (Round 5, pick 163)
Martin played in the NFL for four seasons with the Steelers and Oakland Raiders before moving north of the border for two years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
After working for two seasons as the University of Tennessee’s assistant head coach, Martin won a new position last week as the wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens back in the NFL.
His son Amari is a starting wide receiver at Clemson so we could see him follow in his father’s footsteps and make it into the NFL soon.
Tee Martin played in the NFL for three seasons and has just joined the Ravens coaching staff
Marc Bulger – New Orleans Saints (Round 6, pick 168)
After struggling to make the grade in Louisiana, Bulger eventually made it in the NFL with the Rams where made it into the Pro Bowl twice. He spent eight years there before moving to be the No 2 at the Ravens.
Bulger recently made the move into curling and joined a team of NFL stars with aspirations of competing at the Winter Olympics.
In a bid to reach the Games, they competed at a qualifier for the 2020 USA Curling Nationals last year but finished with a 1-3 record. The next Winter Olympics are in Beijing in 2022 but never has a gold medal looked so far away.
Marc Bulger spent the bulk of his career with the St. Louis Rams but has found a new sport now
Bulger (L) joined a team of former NFL players to try to reach the Winter Olympics in Curling
Spergon Wynn – Cleveland Browns (Round 6, pick 183)
Another quarterback who didn’t quite make the grade. Wynn spent three seasons in the NFL across stints with the Browns and Minnesota Vikings but only started in three matches.
He also played in Europe for the Amsterdam Admirals and then had stints in Canada with the BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts.
As of 2018, Wynn was working as an energy broker with Amerex Energy in Houston, Texas.
Spergon Wynn spent three seasons in the NFL across stints with the Browns and Vikings
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