When Tom Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe back in 2001, I believe you would have been hard pressed to find people who thought the young quarterback would be an all-time great. The interesting thing is, Brady himself believed it.
At the time, Damon Huard was the Patriot’s third-string quarterback. In an interview with ESPN.com, he let it be known that Brady told him he would be great after his second career start.
“I’ve been playing this game my whole life,” Brady told Huard.
“I’ve started a couple games now, and it’s the same game, man. It’s no different. I kid you not, it’s not that hard. I’m going to be a great one. I’m going to be one of the best at this game.”
Bold words back then, but they obviously turned out to be true.
It’s always interesting to me how the great ones proclaim their future greatness before anybody knew about them. Shows how much dedication they have and their extreme confidence in their own skills.