At this point in his career, after nearly 50,000 passing yards, 361 touchdowns, 9 Pro Bowls, 3 Super Bowl championships, 2 NFL MVPs and 1 supermodel wife, Tom Brady doesn’t need a résumé.
But that wasn’t the case back in 2000, when Brady was a fringe NFL prospect with one foot already in the white-collar world. During his time at the University of Michigan, in addition to leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship and a Citrus Bowl win, he’d also interned at the local Merrill Lynch offices, where his responsibilities included “updating client portfolios” and serving as “assistant to senior sales broker.”
And until he was eventually chosen by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft (the 199th overall pick), Brady was preparing for a job in the high-stakes world of wealth management – as evidenced by his actual résumé from the era, which he posted Thursday on his Facebook page.
“Found my old résumé!” Brady joked, “Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round.”
Of course, his professional experience was no laughing matter. In addition to his Merrill Lynch gig, he’d also worked at two golf courses – where he “monitored clubhouse activity” and “developed interpersonal skills and exemplified flexibility” (all of which would come in handy during his NFL career) – and he spent the summer of 1997 working as a supervisor at Dudlar and Sons Custom Home Building, a job that gave him “knowledge of independent business and strategic planning.”
And while there is no “Special Skills” section of the résumé, Brady did include several of his on-field accomplishments in the document, including being elected team captain in 1999 and “Member of the 1997 University of Michigan National Championship Team,” a feat that trumps typing skills any day of the week.