It's easy to forget that before Tom Brady was the G.O.A.T., the anchor of the New England Patriots, and well, The Tom Brady, he was just a normal kid. And as the younger brother of three all-star student athletes, that meant trying to escape his sisters' shadows.
In a Facebook post, Tom gave us the ultimate #TBT in the form of a high school essay written in 1994 about the influence his sisters had on him, and it's poetically prophetic.
Tom – or Tommy, according by the paper's header – writes that he wanted to be recognized as more than another Brady, as more than his sisters' younger brother. In the final lines of the essay, he makes some points that teenage Tom had no way of knowing would be his future.
"But no matter what awards people may give me or what records I might break, the most meaningful thing to me is when I succeed in not only athletics, but life, the individuals who will always be there to support and recognize me will be my three sisters, Maureen, Julie, and Nancy," Tom wrote. "And hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe …"
It's safe to say that Tom made a name for himself, and his sisters were cheering him along the way.
And, of course, the paper earned him an A.