Tom Brady’s high school recruiting video

by Jeff Fisher

Our regular readers know that recruiting websites are not my favorite thing in the world.  Yes, I understand how big a role they have in today’s game, but it’s not what I choose to focus-on with High School Football America.

So, with that speech out of the way, I thought it would be fun to show you this very cool and not very high-tech version of how we used to do it.

Anyone ever heard of Tom Brady?

Yeah that guy that’s won three Super Bowl rings and will begin his quest for #4 this weekend when the New England Patriots face the Baltimore Ravens.

Above you can watch a 1994 recruiting video featuring a non-talking Brady and his head coach at Serra High School in San Mateo, California, Tom MacKenzie.

For those of you that don’t know Brady’s high school story, he really wasn’t highly recruited.  He led Serra to an 11-9 record during his two years as a starter, throwing for 3,514 yards and 33 touchdowns, according to a very nice story written by MaxPreps’ Mitch Stephens a couple of years ago.

Many don’t know that Brady hadn’t even played organized football until he got to high school.  Some suggest he might have been a better baseball player, having been drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Montreal Expos (for you youngsters, today’s Washington Nationals) after his senior season.

Patriots fans are very happy Brady accepted a football scholarship from Michigan.

I know tomorrow is known as Throwback Thursday, but I thought you’d enjoy this on Wednesday…recruiting the way it used to be in the good ole’ days.


About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.