Listen to Tom Brady recount his ‘anxious’ MLB Draft experience

"I was like, I don't have to be an insurance salesman!"

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles as he holds his stolen but recovered Super Bowl jersey during Boston Red Sox Home Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston. The Red Sox face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the baseball game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles during Boston Red Sox Home Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

A two-sport star at Junipero Serra High in San Mateo, California, Tom Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos as the 507th pick in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. The 17-year-old, left-handed-hitting catcher may have been destined for football, but that didn’t stop him from stressing out the draft-day wait.

“You get pretty anxious,” Brady said in a commemorative video posted by the New England Patriots on the anniversary of the draft on Friday. “I remember being downstairs for the fourth round. Then that came and gone. And then the fifth round was coming and going. All these other guys were getting picked. It was hard.”

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“Finally when the Expos called, I was so excited,” he recalled. “I was like, I don’t have to be an insurance salesman!”

Watch his full commentary below.

Rather than pursue baseball or insurance, Brady went on to play college football at Michigan. He would later declare for the 2000 NFL Draft, where he was selected by Patriots as the 199th pick in the sixth round.

Note: The Twitter video was a tongue-in-cheek comparison to the NFL Network film, “Brady Six,” which highlighted the six quarterbacks drafted ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft. The Patriots Twitter account used the same video of Brady from the “Brady Six” and applied them in the context of Brady being drafted by the Expos. They are not real quotes associated with him being drafted by the Expos.