Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled the first time he met quarterback Tom Brady shortly after he was drafted in 2000 out of Michigan.
"We already had three quarterbacks, and he was a skinny beanpole," Kraft said. "He had a pizza box under his arm, and he came over and introduced himself to me and said, 'I'm Tom ...' I said. 'I know who you are. You're Tom Brady, our sixth-round draft choice. Then he looked me right in the eye and said, 'I'm the best decision this organization has ever made.”
Kraft smiled at the recollection.
"He had a certain confidence that wasn’t arrogance. And then when he stepped in when Drew got injured [in 2001], he did ok. It was after 9/11. It was a difficult time in the country and throughout the western world and the fact that we were able to win the Super Bowl and our name was Patriots, we were red, white and blue, it was pretty cool. And Tom Brady led the charge."