Tom Brady (1977- ) is widely regarded as the best quarterback currently playing in the National Football League. In 2001, in just his second season in the NFL and his first as a regular starter, Brady led his New England Patriots to an upset victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Brady-led Pats teams also won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX following the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2007, Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a perfect 16-0 regular season, but the team's (and Brady's) claims to be the best team of all time were thrown into question when New England suffered a shocking loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Brady, still just 31 years old, has already won one NFL MVP award and two Super Bowl MVP trophies. In 2007, he set a new record for most touchdown passes thrown in a single season. In the first quarter of the first game of the 2008 season, he suffered a gruesome knee injury, forcing him to undergo season-ending surgery. He hopes to return to the field in 2009.