“I’ve timed my 40-yard dash from when I was in college to what it is now, and it’s about two or three tenths faster now," the reigning Super Bowl champ said in November.
It's a good thing, too. Because Brady's NFL Combine dash was fairly embarrassing—he made it across in 5.28 seconds.
For comparison, here's Washington wideout John Ross' record-breaking dash of 4.22 seconds from Saturday.
John Ross Break Chris Johnson 40 record 4.22 pic.twitter.com/kFUV9UAGAU
— Davijuan Dean (@DavijuanD24) March 5, 2017
Now Ross is scaling draft boards, something Brady didn't do before being selected with the 199th overall pick in 2000. In addition to his weak 40 time, Brady managed just a 24.25-inch vertical leap—a full 10 inches shorter than what Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted back in 2014.
This is what Brady looked like back then.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 6, 2017
Of course, there's more to playing football than what shows up on NFL Combine measurables—something Brady has proved continually over his 17-year career. He recently found the jersey from his combine trip and reflected on his unfavorable scouting reports (much like Antonio Brown recently did).
I found my combine shirt from 17 years ago and it got me thinking. This is what they said about me then….. Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily As @edelman11 always reminds me … "You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!" Good luck to all of you this weekend!!
Two MVPs and five Super Bowls later, something tells me scouts missed something about this guy.