Drafting Tom Brady
Very few football fans outside of the most hardcore knew Tom Brady when Belichick threw him into the fray as a replacement for the injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001. The former Michigan quarterback with the unimpressive physique arrived as the 199th overall pick the previous year. But it was the start of an incredible relationship that saw Brady and Belichick kickstart a dynasty.
Brady was the perfect quarterback for Belichick’s system and developed into arguably the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. He remains the greatest NFL Draft steal ever. Brady was a three-time MVP and set more records than we can count. In the end, their bond broke down but they achieved glory together (via Newsweek).