How a Former Hawkeye Helped the Patriots Draft Tom Brady

Hawkeye fans may not remember Bobby Grier, but his contribution to football is tantamount.

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A running back for Iowa in the 1960s, Grier led the Hawkeyes with 406 rushing yards in the 1963 season.

Arguably his most important accomplishment didn’t come in an Iowa uniform, though. The former Hawkeye played a integral role is helping the New England Patriots land Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

As Tim Graham of writes, Grier — the Patriots VP of Player Personnel — was the only NFL executive to contact then-Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr about Brady. Grier got in touch with Carr only two weeks after being fired from his position by new Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

“Bobby Grier, who was with the Patriots at the time, talked about how they were going to draft a quarterback late,” Carr said in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary The Brady 6, which debuted on April 12. “I just said, ‘Bobby, I guarantee you you’ll never regret drafting Tom Brady.'”


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