Tom Brady, arguably the NFL's greatest quarterback, has a surprising Montreal connection that many of you probably had no idea about. Before he became a superstar football player, Brady was a draft pick for the Montreal Expos baseball team.
With Brady on his way to his record 10th Super Bowl appearance, let's dive into his short-lived time as an Expos draft pick.
Back in 1995, Brady was a talented high school baseball catcher. The Expos took a chance on the budding superstar and drafted him in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft with the 507th pick.
But Brady's one true love was football and despite being drafted into the MLB as a teenager, he decided to pursue football at the University of Michigan as a quarterback.
Though he struggled with anxiety and had to fight for playing time, he posted respectable stats during his last two years at Michigan and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Tom Brady becomes 1st Montreal Expos draft pick to make 10 Superbowls. 🏆
The rest, as they say, his history. In 20 years with the New England Patriots, Brady led the team to six Super Bowl wins and was (and still is) regarded as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football.
Now, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a 43-year-old Brady will lead his team to another Super Bowl appearance for a record 10th time in his career. He's going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, last year's Super Bowl winners.
When it comes to local Montreal celebrities, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is one of the hometown heroes that we can't get enough of. For those of you who have been living under a rock this past year, Duvernay-Tardif is best known as an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He's a Superbowl champion and just so happens to be the first active NFL player to become a doctor after graduation. And, he even made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
As if his resume wasn't impressive enough, our hometown glory is now going to start a new chapter of his life by continuing his education at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard, online.
The athlete told Sports Illustrated, "For my whole career, my two passions had complemented each other and aligned with my convictions. In this particular season, though, they did not align."
He explains that "In 2020, just by playing football I could potentially expose cities to COVID-19 and spread the virus. I believe I have a responsibility toward my community from a public-health perspective, and by playing, the risks would become more than just personal, more than simply about me."
Laurent plans on continuing to work at the long-term care facility he's been working at since nearly the beginning of the pandemic.
For his studies at Harvard, he will be "targeting classes in health and social behavior at a population level, nutrition from a global population standpoint, biostatistics and epidemiology."
This Montreal local got his medical degree in 2018 from McGill University and has continued to shine both on and off the football field.
His incredible talent on the football field may impress the masses but his ambition to aid those in need is what truly makes him a local hero.
Check out Montreal Instagram user @nic.east (AKA Nick Easterbrook) who's a former outside linebacker for UdM's football team, jump like a graceful AF kitten while he trains at 1 AM at a gym in the West Island. It's glorious, guys. It's actually magical:
Listen up sports fans, because I'm about to drop not one, but two awesome facts that are sure to get you extra stoked about Super Bowl 50 happening on February 7, 2016 at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers.
As a way to show football fans in the Great White North some love,NFL Canada in association with Bud Light, is holding a nationwide Thursday Night Football Tour, visiting eight cities across Canada with a stop scheduled for Montreal, naturally.
WHERE: La Station des Sports – 2051 Rue Ste-Catherine West
WHAT: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets screening + Meet & Greet with NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith
Making your Thursday Night Football ritual that much more awesome, watch the game alongside other fellow fans, as well as mingle with NFL great Bruce Smith, former defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, who will be on hand to sign some autographs and no doubt take a selfie or two with you.
In addition to that, everyone who attends the event will have the chance to win various prizes including limited edition NFL New Era gold on black snapbacks, and a grand prize consisting of a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco for you and your 21+ friend, courtesy of Bud Light.