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Kyle Brady

Kyle Brady during the Patriots 2007 Training Camp.
Date of birth: January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14) (age 38)
Place of birth: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Career information
Status: Retired
Position(s): TE
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 280 lb (130 kg)
College: Penn State
High school: Cedar Cliff High School
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Drafted by: New York Jets
Organizations
 As player:
1995-1998
1999-2006
2007
New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots
Career highlights and awards
Honors: All Big-Ten (1993, 1994)
All-America (1994)
Career stats
Career Receptions     343
Yards     3,519
Touchdowns     25
Playing stats at NFL.com

Kyle James Brady (born January 14, 1972 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player. He played tight end for 13 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots. He was the Jets' first round draft choice in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

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Early years

While attending Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Brady lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a first team USA Today All-USA selection, a Parade Magazine All-America selection and, as a senior, was the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Award (which is given to the nation's top offensive lineman) given by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.

College career

At Penn State, Brady was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and a consensus All-America choice as a senior. During his senior year in 1994, he helped his team to an undefeated record, a conference championship, and the school's first Rose Bowl victory. He was ranked seventh in the all-time reception list for the school.[1] He graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science in 1995.

Professional career

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New York Jets

Brady was selected by the New York Jets in the first round (9th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, much to the chagrin of the Jets fans in attendance. The fans wanted the team to draft Warren Sapp and showed it by chanting "We want Sapp! We want Sapp!"[2]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Brady went on to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999 and had his best year in the NFL with the Jaguars as he, in the 2000 season, set career highs with 64 receptions and 729 receiving yards. He was the Jaguars' Man of the Year in 2003. Brady had a reputation with the Jags as a very durable player, having only missed nine games in his twelve seasons in the NFL, and was also known as an outstanding blocker.

New England Patriots

His reputation as a durable blocker helped him to land a two-year contract on March 3, 2007 with the New England Patriots to replace departing free agent Daniel Graham at tight end.[3] Patriots coach Bill Belichick was known to have been enamored with Brady dating back to 1995 while he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Belichick had reportedly planned to draft Brady that year with the 10th pick—one pick after the Jets drafted him. When Brady was selected, Belichick traded down to the 30th pick.[4] One website went as far as to label Brady "Belichick's white whale."[5]

Despite nagging injuries, Brady played In 14 games for the Patriots in 2007, catching nine passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns,[6] culminating with Super Bowl XLII. He was released by New England on February 29, 2008,[6] and retired shortly thereafter.[7]

Broadcasting

Brady was a participant in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, a two-week program held at the top American business schools for NFL players preparing for careers after football.[8] Brady attended the workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in February and March of 2008.[9] In June 2009, Brady took part in the 2009 NFL/NFLPA "Broadcast Boot Camp," a program designed by the NFL Broadcasting Department and their broadcast partners to prepare players for possible post-playing careers in broadcasting.[10]

Brady was hired by the Big Ten Network as a football analyst for the 2009 season,[11] where he is partnered with Rick Pizzo on the Big Ten Football Saturday: Pre-Game Show.[12]

Personal

Brady and his wife Kristi have a son, Kellen.[13] A 2004 Sports Illustrated article noted Brady is a U.S. Civil War buff.

On March 21, 2009, he threw out the first pitch at opening day ceremonies for the Green Cove Springs Athletic Association Little League Baseball.[14] Brady will be the honorary chairman of the 2009 Big 33 Football Classic.[7]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Kyle Brady - Official New England Patriots Biography
  2. ^ Brady’s new perspective Jaguars.com.
  3. ^ Brady to accept Patriots' offer Ultimate Jaguars.
  4. ^ Ask Vic: Long-term strategy
  5. ^ Four Downs: AFC East
  6. ^ a b "Pats re-sign Bruschi, release TE Brady". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2008-02-29. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/scorecard/nflnews.asp?articleID=227665. Retrieved 2008-03-01.  
  7. ^ a b Gross, Mike (2009-03-08). "End of Paterno-Bowden duel?". Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/234763.  
  8. ^ Kirdahy, Matthew (2008-02-29). "The NFL's MBA". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/2008/02/29/athletes-business-mba-lead-cx_mk_0229nfl.html. Retrieved 2009-03-30.  
  9. ^ "NFL Players Enroll in Programs at Harvard, Kellogg, Stanford & Wharton Business Schools". NFL Players Association. 2008-02-19. http://www.nflplayers.com/user/content.aspx?fmid=178&lmid=443&pid=1987.  
  10. ^ "Jones-Drew and Williams To Take Part In "NFL Broadcast Boot Camp" June 22-25". Jacksonville Jaguars. 2009-06-09. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=7920.  
  11. ^ "Jaguars still tinkering with plans". The Florida Times-Union. 2009-08-29. http://www.jacksonville.com/sports/columnists/gene_frenette/2009-08-29/story/jaguars_still_tinkering_with_plans.  
  12. ^ "Former Nittany Lion Standout Brady Joins Big Ten Network Pre-Game Show". Penn State Department of Sports Information. 2009-09-10. http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091009aaa.html.  
  13. ^ New England Patriots bio
  14. ^ "Opening Day for Little Leaguers". Clay Today. 2009-03-25. http://www.claytodayonline.com/content/906_1.php.  

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