Commencement theme: Adversity fuels greatness. Tom Brady knows a thing or two about adversity and overcoming it.
During his commencement speech, Brady talked about being a backup quarterback on his high school freshman team that went winless to being buried on the depth chart at Michigan, to his first in college being a Pick 6.
Via Tampa Bay Times:
"I would say I was a late bloomer in many ways,'' Brady said. "And I eventually was offered a scholarship to a few schools, and I ended up choosing the University of Michigan. And when I started at the University of Michigan, I was the seventh quarterback on the depth chart. I was looking up at a lot of people, and it was a very daunting challenge because I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get a chance to play.
“The only thing I could do was focus on what I could do on being a great leader, being a great teammate, working as hard as I could to try to make the necessary improvements so my coaches and my teammates would trust me and give me a chance to play, which finally happened.
“And the first pass I ever threw in college was my second year and I ended up throwing a pass over the middle off the field and it went for a touchdown,” Brady continued. "But the problem was, I ended up throwing that pass to the middle linebacker of the other team who returned the pass about 45 yards for a touchdown and the only points scored by that team on that particular afternoon. So again, adversity fuels greatness, and I certainly learned from that.''
Without a doubt, Tom Brady knows about overcoming adversity and is now a six-time Super Bowl champion looking to add his seventh ring, and first with the Bucs.
A commencement speech from Tom Brady, not a bad way to end your high school days.