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Steve Mariucci will never live down the 2000 NFL draft.
The NFL Network analyst and former NFL head coach defended his decision to pass on Tom Brady, who fell to the sixth round (No. 199 overall) before being taken by the New England Patriots:
Steve Mariucci @SteveMariucci
Everybody passed on @TomBrady !! Lol. Maybe we were all crazy ! @nflnetwork https://t.co/XuzDsJcZeL
“You know what? Here’s what happened,” Mariucci, who was the San Francisco 49ers head coach at the time, said. “We tried to play, we wanted to play football like we did with Steve Young. … And we wanted to have that athletic quarterback who could run around and do those things. … Tom was in a different category.”
Mariucci added that Brady “wasn’t ready yet” and was a “late-round kind of guy” coming out of Michigan.
Brady posted earlier Thursday he has not forgotten the six quarterbacks teams selected before him 20 years ago:
Dov Kleiman @NFL_DovKleiman
The best QB of all-time still remembers 6 QBs were taken ahead of him in the draft 20 years ago. https://t.co/xWqQONsKMd
It’s safe to say the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer has gotten the last laugh:
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Over the last 20 years in New England, a 6th-round pick became one of the most dominant athletes ever.
▫️ 6x Super Bowl champ
▫️ 4x Super Bowl MVP
▫️ 9x conference champ
▫️ 3x NFL MVP
▫️ 14x Pro Bowler
▫️ 17 division titles
▫️ 58 game-winning drives
End of an era. @brgridiron https://t.co/XPiePUfqEv
Brady became a free agent for the first time in his career and signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month.
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