The NFL universe received some shocking news in recent hours, as future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from football.
Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time Super Bowl MVP, and a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player.
He has a strong case to be considered the best football player of all time, not just quarterback.
If you follow MLB closely (especially since the nineties), though, you will surely remember that Brady also has baseball roots.
He played baseball at Junipero Serra High School, together with football and other sports.
He wasn’t just any baseball player: he was a serious prospect.
He was a lefty-hitting catcher with power and enough skills to impress MLB scouts.
Knowing he was likely to choose football over baseball, he fell in the MLB Draft in 1995 and was taken by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round.
Kevin Malone, then the general manager of the Expos, saw Brady as an All-Star-caliber talent.
He said he had the potential to be one of the greatest catchers ever.
The Expos did their homework and offered late second-round money to him, but he chose football and the rest is history.
He could have carved himself quite a nice baseball career.
“Tom Brady’s retirement means there are no more active professional athletes who were drafted by the Montreal Expos,” Sporting News tweeted.
Tom Brady's retirement means there are no more active professional athletes who were drafted by the Montreal Expos. pic.twitter.com/aNVa8Opnxp
— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) February 1, 2023
At 45 years old, Brady is finally going to enjoy retirement after winning everything there was to win in football.
The game, and fans, will miss him dearly.
He has given football too much, and now it’s time to rest and enjoy life as a retired player.NEXT: Albert Pujols And Tom Brady Share A Special Bond