Before Tom Brady became a legendary quarterback for the New England Patriots, he was a top high school football prospect in the Bay Area.
The school he attended, Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., tweeted out a video of what might be Brady’s first television interview. It was with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts in 1994 on KPIX 5.
Fouts asked Brady to list his strengths.
“Everybody tells me I have a pretty strong arm, which is good. I’m pretty accurate with it,” Brady told Fouts. “I think I need to work on my speed a little bit, but hopefully that will come with time.”
— Serra High School (@SerraSanMateo) July 13, 2017
The most surprising thing about this video is how little has changed with Brady in 20 years. He looks the same, and his voice sounds no different. Also, that improvement in speed never quite happened, but it hasn’t been much of a hinderance.
What’s fun about videos like this is that they are done with athletes at local news stations across America. At some point, the greatest athletes in this country were a small feature story.
Years later, a few of them become professionals, and even fewer turn out to be Hall of Fame talents. However, they all made their start in the same place.