How Tom Brady’s fellow Class of 2000 quarterbacks fared in NFL

How Tom Brady’s fellow Class of 2000 quarterbacks fared in NFL

Several possible quarterbacks were drafted after Tom Brady and retired before him. Brady has spent more than half his life in the NFL. In fact, no other QB drafted in 2000 has played an NFL game after 2011, but Brady beat them by more than a decade.

The 2000 NFL Draft class isn’t star-studded — there are just 28 Pro Bowlers and just one Hall of Famer (Brian Urlancher) in that entire draft — but there were six quarterbacks taken before Brady this year- there (oh, and kicker Sebastian Janikowski was the 17th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders – Brady went 199th).


Granted, plenty of teams kicked each other for the better part of two decades because even the second-best quarterback in this class didn’t have an eighth in Brady’s career.

But it’s really fun to watch what everyone did. So without further ado, let’s take a look at Tom Brady’s other quarterbacks from his 2000 NFL Draft class.


Patriots’ Tom Brady and Jets’ Chad Pennington hug after New England won the AFC game against New York, 37-16, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 7, 2007. (Michael Valeri /Getty Pictures)

Chad Pennington (Round 1, Pick 18, New York Jets)

The Jets’ short and long-term future was decided in this draft, but not because of their own choice. How were they supposed to know that their greatest antagonist in franchise history would be selected 181 picks later?

Pennington certainly had a decent career. He finished second in MVP voting in 2008 (with the Miami Dolphins), and he won not one, but two Comeback Player of the Year Awards. He led the Jets to playoff appearances in 2002, 2004 and 2006, but was never able to advance past the divisional round. Meanwhile, by the time Pennington’s time with Gang Green was up, Brady had already won three Super Bowls. The Brady Pats also beat the Pennington Jets, 37-16, in the 2006 playoffs.

In his seven seasons as a full-time starter (2002-08), the former Marshall completed 66.2% of his passes, throwing for 99 touchdowns and 62 interceptions. His 16-game average over that span was 3,572 yards, 21 scores and 13 picks.

Giovanni Carmazzi (Round 3, Pick 63, San Francisco 49ers)

49ers quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi warms up before the Denver Broncos game at 3Com Park in San Francisco on August 25, 2000. (Tom Hauck/Allsport)

Carmazzi never played in an NFL game in his two seasons as a substitute after being drafted from Hofstra. He played one season in the now defunct NFL Europe and made two rosters in the Canadian Football League.

Imagine the lineage from Joe Montana to Steve Young to Tom Brady. Oh, what could have been.

By the way, Brady still despises the 49ers, his favorite team growing up, for choosing Carmazzi over him.

“I lost my allegiance to the Niners when they busted me six times 22 years ago and drafted Giovanni Carmazzi after putting me in local practice with Steve Mariucci and decided I wasn’t enough. good to play it,” Brady said on his podcast last year. “After that decision was made, I really didn’t care about 49ers football other than to say it was the team I loved growing up.”

Chris Redman (Round 3, Pick 75, Baltimore Ravens)

Ravens quarterback Chris Redman passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ravens Stadium October 20, 2002 in Baltimore. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)


Redman managed to be a backup through 2011 for the Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. In fact, he won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season, as Trent Dilfer and the Ravens beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, 34-7.

The Louisville Cardinal actually took four years off from the NFL before returning to Atlanta in 2007 – he was even on the Patriots’ practice squad in 2004, so he can say he was teammates with Brady .

Tee Martin (Round 5, Pick 163, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Tee Martin of the Steelers lines up a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. (Doug Pensinger/Allsport)

Martin led his Tennessee volunteers to the 1998 national championship after taking over from Peyton Manning, but his professional career was not as successful.

In fact, Martin has only played three NFL games (one with the Steelers, two with the Raiders). He was 6 of 16 for 69 yards and a career pick before also playing in NFL Europe and the CFL. He is now a wide receivers coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

Marc Bulger (round 6, pick 168, New Orleans Saints)

Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Lions November 1, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Alright, now we’re back to someone we all definitely know. In fact, Bulger may well edge out Pennington as the second-best quarterback in this class.

Bulger was drafted from West Virginia by New Orleans, but did not make their final roster and only made his debut in 2002 with the St. Louis Rams, where he was more than helpful . In his first full season, he went 12-3 as a starter, earning his first Pro Bowl nomination. He got another one three years later, where he posted a career-high 4,301 passing yards.

He spent his entire career in St. Louis, hanging up his cleats in 2009. He threw for 22,814 yards during his career with 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.

Spergon Wynn (round 6, pick 183, Cleveland Browns)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Spergon Wynn calls the play against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Jonathan Daniel/Allspor)


Poor Browns. Sixteen picks before Brady, they took Spergon Wynn.

He appeared in 10 games, including seven with Cleveland, but it was his three games with the Minnesota Vikings the following season that really tell the story.

He played in three games — including two starts — and went 48-for-98 (49%) with one touchdown and six interceptions.

The former Texas State Bobcat tried out for NFL Europe and the CFL, apparently a common thing to do for those 2,000 quarterbacks.

And the Cleveland Browns have been one hell of a QB ever since — they better hope Deshaun Watson works.

Todd Husak (round 6, pick 202, Washington)

Berlin Thunder’s Todd Husak during an NFL Europe game against the Rhein Fire in Duesseldorf, Germany on May 26, 2002. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Good news: Todd Husak has a 100 completion percentage in the NFL.

Bad news? He threw for minus two yards in his only game played.

At least Washington can say they took the former Stanford QB after Brady, so they were in no man’s land. He was also a first-team All-Pac-10 player in 1999.

Ja’Juan Seider (Round 6, Pick 205, San Diego Chargers)

Seider didn’t appear in an NFL game, but was a successful coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Penn State.

Tim Rattay (Round 7, Pick 212, San Francisco 49ers)

San Francisco apparently wanted to stock up on quarterbacks after left-hander Young retired.

Apparently the Pats were about to take Louisiana Tech’s Rattay over Brady. Maybe Rattay’s career plays out a little differently if he teams up with Bill Belichick, but instead he’s only played 40 games (18 starts) with the Niners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals.

In those starts, he completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,941 yards, throwing for 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay takes on the Arizona Cardinals at the Estadio Azteca on October 2, 2005 in Mexico City. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Jarious Jackson (Round 7, Pick 214, Denver Broncos)

Jackson played only five games from 2000 to 2003, but won four CFL Gray Cups. Jackson stood out at Notre Dame before being drafted.

Joe Hamilton (round 7, pick 234, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Hamilton is a College Football Hall of Famer after his career at Georgia Tech, however, he only played one NFL game. He was, however, on the Bucs’ Super Bowl XXXVII-winning roster before breaking into NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.

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