Tom Brady was so confident of making the Patriots’ roster as a rookie that he bought Ty Law’s house

"What are you talking about? Of course I'm going to be here. I can't believe you would even say that."

From left to right: Ty Law, Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Tom Brady during media day before Super Bowl XXXVI.
From left to right: Ty Law, Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Tom Brady during media day before Super Bowl XXXVI. –John Brown/Globe Staff.

Even as a rookie sixth-round pick in 2000, Tom Brady exuded confidence. Before he was a Super Bowl champion — or even a starter — Brady was a fourth-string quarterback in his first Patriots training camp.

Yet he had so much confidence in himself and his NFL future that he bought a house without considering that he might soon be out of a job.

Brady explained the memorable story from his rookie year in a recent interview with WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.”

“I try to think back to the fall of 2000,” Brady began, “and it was pretty funny because I obviously had a lot of confidence just in myself. I remember calling calling my agent, and this was about this time, actually. And I was like, ‘Ty Law wants me to buy his house.’ It was in Franklin, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I went and saw it, and I loved it. I’m going to do it.'”

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“My agent was like, ‘Are you nuts? What are you thinking? You’re the fourth quarterback on the depth chart. You might not be here in a week,'” Brady says his agent told him. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about? Of course I’m going to be here. I can’t believe you’d even say that.’ We kept four quarterbacks that year, which is pretty unheard of. We had Michael [Bishop] and John Friesz.”

“Ty claims that he gave me a great deal on his house,” said Brady of the home he purchased. “I think I overpaid.”

When Hill offered that Brady would probably make up the price difference in the potential future sale of his Brookline home, the 42-year-old Brady responded, “I know. I’m not keeping track of that, I’m just thinking about that [older] particular transaction.”

In the end, Brady did the deal and — of course — made the team.

“I actually bought the house,” Brady explained. “Ty kept some of his furniture in there for me, a pool table, and I had a great couple years there as a young player. So thank you Ty, Hall of Famer Ty Law.”