After losing a Super Bowl for the second time in four years, Tom Brady might be wishing he chose a career outside of football. Probably not, but you never know.
Had he done so - and been half as successful as he's been on the gridiron - there's a pretty good chance Brady would be plying his trade right here in Washington. And doing so sporting a curly W.
Way back in 1995, the Montreal Expos drafted Brady in the 18th round of the first-year player draft. Before his fame with the Patriots, or even his up-and-down career at Michigan, Brady was a left-handed hitting catcher with enough power in both his arm and his bat to draw plenty of attention from big-league scouts.
"He was a legitimate prospect,'" longtime scout Gary Hughes told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. "I guess he made the right decision, obviously. I knew he was a football player; I didnt know he was that kind of football player."
As Hughes noted, Brady probably made the right choice. Still, it's fun to imagine him being a beloved catcher here with the Nationals, the former Expos who moved in 2005. Putting his brains, and all those unspoken championship intangibles, to work for Washington instead of Boston.
"We took him down a little lower and worked with him over the course of the summer," former Expos scout Jim Fleming said of where Montreal took Brady in the draft. "I think we got him to consider baseball, but in the end, his heart was in football."