It's probably safe to say that Tom Brady has long proven a lot of people in his 19-year NFL career. It's not every day that the 199th NFL Draft pick is a total of eight, soon nine, Super Bowls, and five of them win.
Rob Ryan admits he was one of those doubts.
At his appearance on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe" radio show in Atlanta on Tuesday, the ex-New England Patriots coach was initially unimpressed by Brady. But Brady soon blew expectations out of the water.
"I was there with Dick Rabine to work (Brady)," Ryan said as transcribed by WEEI.com. "I made the defensive players, but we put our boys against Aaron Shea and Brady. Of course we won thanks to my great coaching. But it was great. Rabine was so passionate about this guy. I'm like, "I wonder how this guy is?" So we take it off and he is very excited. We get out of there and I like, "Well." We used to pit the rookies against each other at the end of each exercise to develop players. You know, typical Belichick, it was a great fashion to bring players. And you could see that (Brady) was not good ̵
Only in the second year did Brady Ryan really impress.
"And the second year we were in the weight room every day – I know it's hard to believe, but (Eric) Mangini has been betting me for 162 days that we'll treat it like a baseball season." he said. "We wanted to go there every day – and Willie McGinest and Tom Brady were with me and Mangini every day. No one else. He became stronger and stronger and better and better. In the third preseason game of our second year he was by far the best (quarterback). My brother was like, "My God, the guy with the funny helmet is a really good quarterback." He was incredible. "
Now "the guy with the weird helmet" appears in his third straight Super Bowl and has the chance to get a sixth ring.
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