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August 22, 2013From MGoBlue.com: former Michigan quarterback and current New England signal caller Tom Brady, in town to face the Detroit Lions in preseason action Thursday, finally returned home and gave a memorable speech to the 2013 Wolverines.
Of all his great football moments, Brady said, being named captain at Michigan topped them all.
Video: Tom Brady returns to Michigan
"This place is special to me, to the guys I've played with, the guys that played before me," Brady said. "Because we love Michigan.
"I didn't have an easy experience. I didn't come in as a top rated recruit, come in with the opportunity to play right away. I had to earn it. And you know what the greatest honor I ever received as a player is? In my fourth and fifth year I was named team captain. To this day, that is the single greatest achievement I've ever had as a football player, because the men in this room chose me to lead the team."
Brady, of course, went from sixth round pick to three-time Super Bowl champion despite plenty of adversity, including backing up Brian Griese and sharing time with Drew Henson. He hadn't addressed a team until today, but he never forgot his roots.
"These were my best friends, guys that knew that I liked to work, knew that I loved football," he said of being voted captain. "All the lessons I learned on State Street and in the Big House is still what I bring to practice today. After 14 years, I love the game more than ever. Where did I learn to love the game, practice, compete? Sitting in the same chairs you guys are sitting in today.
"Every man in this room is counting on you. Every player that's ever worn this helmet is counting on you, because you guys are the ones that are lucky enough to play for Michigan. Not a lot of other kids around the country can do that. There are probably a lot of other kids sitting in meeting rooms for other teams. They're not all lucky enough to play for Michigan."