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Superstar athletes often find strange reasons for motivation, and Tom Brady says his own often results from a pre-NFL days.
More specifically, Brady tweeted that the scouting report on him as a draft prospect “still gets me fired up.”
Brady was responding to a tweet from Bleacher Report after he had a sit-down interview with the late Steve Sabol of NFL Films. As Sabol explained, Brady was listed as “skinny” and lacking “great physical stature and strength.” It also indicated Brady “gets knocked down easily.”
Brady was not selected until the sixth round, the 199th pick overall, back in 2000. That alone could be an insult for a guy who played well at Michigan.
Today, he has seven Super Bowl wins, more than any other team. He has made 10 Super Bowl appearances overall. The latest came as QB of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a resounding 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady, 43, used his scouting report as motivation then and still does today.
“That kinda gets me fired up, ’cause I’m thinking, you know ‘What the hell do these people know?’ That sounds like Joe Montana right there,” he told Sabol at the time of the interview. “When people tell you, ‘Hey, you can’t do this, you can’t do this,” and you keep overcoming that, you build this confidence and this belief in yourself that, even when nobody else believes in you, that I’m still gonna do it. Because I don’t give a shit what you say. I know what I can do, and I’ve done it.”