Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP and three-time NFL MVP, making him arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. But before he was leading the New England Patriots to annual contention for the Super Bowl, he was playing under center for Michigan.

Here’s a closer look at Brady’s college career.

The vitals on Tom Brady

School: Michigan
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225 pounds
Years active: 1996-99

Here are Tom Brady’s career stats in college. Scroll to the right to view the complete stats.

Year games completions attempts comp. % Yards Y/A TD int rating
1996 2 3 5 60.0 26 5.2 0 1 63.7
1997 4 12 15 80.0 103 6.9 0 0 137.7
1998 12 200 323 61.9 2,427 7.5 14 10 133.1
1999 11 180 295 61.0 2,217 7.5 16 6 138.0
Career 29 395 638 61.9 4,773 7.5 30 17 134.9

Where did Tom Brady go to college?

Tom Brady attended Michigan, choosing to attend school in Ann Arbor rather than Cal, after going to Juniper Serra High School in San Mateo, California.

What kind of prospect was Tom Brady in high school?

“Neither of the quarterbacks signed,” wrote Steve Kornacki of the Detroit Free Press, “Tom Brady and Johnson, was recruited with the purpose of competing for the starting job as a freshman.”

“(Michigan coach Lloyd) Carr said he would prefer to redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Brady of San Mateo (Calif.) Juniper Serra, and would likely play him only if Jason Carr and (Brian) Griese were injured,” wrote Kornacki. “‘Tom has very good potential and has done a very good job,’ Carr said. ‘He’s a smart kid and I expect him to do a good job. He’s certainly prepared to play. He doesn’t have the experience, but has the ability.'”

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What was Tom Brady record in college?

In Brady’s four years at Michigan, the Wolverines went 40-9, including a 20-5 record when Brady moved into a starting role as a junior and senior. Michigan went 10-3 in 1998 and 10-2 in 1999.

Records set by Tom Brady

While Tom Brady doesn’t hold any FBS records, his name appears throughout Michigan’s record book.

  • T-3rd in Michigan history in passing touchdowns in a game: Four touchdowns vs. Alabama, Jan. 1, 2000
  • 4th in Michigan history in career 200-yard passing games: 15 games
  • T-4th, T-9th in Michigan history in most 200-yard passing games in a season: Eight games (1998); seven games (1999)
  • 5th in Michigan history in average passing yards  per game in a career (min. 20 games): 172.6 yards/game
  • T-5th in Michigan history in lowest interception percentage in a career: 2.67 percent
  • 6th, 9th, 28th, T-42nd in Michigan history in single-game passing yards: 375 yards vs. Ohio State, Nov. 21, 1998; 369 yards vs. Alabama, Jan. 1, 2000; 307 yards vs. Illinois, Oct. 23, 1999; 285 yards vs. Michigan State, Oct. 9, 1999
  • T-6th in Michigan history in most 150-yard passing games in a season: 10 games (1999)
  • 7th in Michigan history in lowest interception percentage in a season (min. 100 attempts): 1.75 percent (1999)
  • 7th in Michigan history in average passing yards per game in a season: 215.5 yards/game (1999)
  • 8th, 10th in Michigan history in passing yards in a season: 2,636 yards (1998); 2,586 yards (1999)
  • 9th in Michigan history in career passing yards: 5,351 yards
  • 9th in Michigan history in career 150-yard passing games: 18 games
  • 10th in Michigan history in career touchdown passes: 35 touchdowns
  • T-10th in Michigan history in longest passing play: 76 yards to Tai Streets vs. Minnesota (1998)
  • 11th in Michigan history in total yards gained in a career: 5,180 yards
  • T-11th in Michigan history in single-season touchdown passes: 20 touchdowns (1999)
  • 13th, 14th in Michigan history in total yards gained in a season: 2,539 yards (1999); 2,528 yards (1998)
  • Responsible for Michigan’s longest passing play of the 1998 season: 76 yards to Tai Streets vs. Minnesota (1998)

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What were some of Tom Brady’s best games in college?

As a junior at Michigan, Tom Brady set the school record for most passing yards in a game and it came on the road against rival Ohio State of all opponents. Brady completed 31-of-56 attempts for 375 yards, a mark that now ranks sixth in program history. “But the Wolverines had no ground game, gaining 45 yards rushing and losing 41 for a net of 4,” reporting the Lansing State Journal. “Michigan acknowledged the difficulty of moving on the ground, but thought its reliance on the arm of Tom Brady — he threw 56 passes, completing 31 for 375 yards with two interceptions— at least partly a matter of circumstance.”