Senator Shaheen joins New England delegation in Congressional resolution honoring Tom Brady

February 10, 2022

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined members of the New England delegation including Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D- MA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introducing a resolution in the US Senate to honor the career of Tom Brady, who announced his retirement from football earlier this month. The breakup underscores Tom Brady’s incredible career with the New England Patriots and the joy he brought to all the Patriots Nation who enjoyed watching him play.

The full text of the resolution can be found here here and under.

Honoring Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., the 7-time Super Bowl champion who played 20 incredible seasons with the New England Patriots and briefly 2 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, totaling 22 seasons in the National Football League.

While Tom Brady, commonly known as “TB12” or “the GOAT”, was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California;

While Tom Brady, after graduating from Junipero Serra High School, matriculated at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines football team to victories in the Citrus and Orange Bowls;

While Tom Brady was drafted 199 by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 National Football League (referred to as the “NFL” in this preamble), a selection that many football analysts now consider to be the best draft selection of all time;

Whereas Tom Brady was named the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots during the 2001 season and subsequently never had a losing season as a starting quarterback during his tenure in the NFL;

While Tom Brady was instrumental in creating iconic moments in New England sporting history including –

(1) on January 19, 2002, when he led the Patriots to a come-from-behind victory in the American Football Conference Division playoffs against the Oakland Raiders during a snowstorm in the last game ever played at Foxboro Stadium ;

(2) on February 2, 2002, when he led the New England Patriots to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams;

(3) during the 2007 season, he led the New England Patriots to a perfect 16-0 regular season with a record-breaking passing touchdown performance; and

(4) on February 5, 2017, when he came from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI;

While Tom Brady has won 7 Super Bowls, including 6 with the New England Patriots, and was a key member during the franchise dynasty era that spanned 2 decades;

Whereas Tom Brady –

(1) Voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player three times;

(2) named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player five times;

(3) Selected as an All Pro player 6 times;

(4) selected to 15 Pro Bowls; and

(5) a consistent NFL leader in passing touchdowns, passing yards, passer rating, and completion percentage;

While Tom Brady holds numerous NFL records including –

(1) most Super Bowl wins with 7;

(2) most Super Bowl appearances by 10;

(3) most career wins at 243;

(4) most part-time degrees at 7,263;

(5) most career passing touchdowns with 624; and

(6) most career passing yards at 84,520;

While Tom Brady taught all of New England that the most important championship ring was “next”;

While Tom Brady earned the love and admiration of New England sports fans everywhere and lifted the spirits of children through his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Best Buddies;

Whereas Tom Brady brought incredible joy to New England and to all of the Patriots Nation who loved to watch him play; and

While Tom Brady played his last NFL game on Jan. 23, 2022: So be it

Decided that the Senate—

(1) honors the legendary career of Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., whose leadership, tenacity and hard work shaped a generation for the Patriots Nation and whose legacy will live on for many years to come; and

(2) wishes Tom Brady a fulfilling post-professional football career as he bids farewell to the griddle.


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