The college football national champions are the Michigan Wolverines. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Washington Huskies 34–13 to reclaim the title of national champions for the first time since 1997. Tom Brady, a 20-year-old sophomore backup quarterback on that ’97 squad, celebrated his alma mater’s historic victory on Instagram on Monday.
“@umichfootball, LFG!!!” Go Blue,” Brady wrote on his Instagram story on Monday. “I’m so proud of this group.”
Brady shared a photo of himself holding a “emergency press conference” after fellow Michigan alum Dave Portnoy left the championship game. He captioned the photo, saying, “Tell ’em @stoolpresidente Drop the Mic.”
Even though some football fans may have forgotten or never realized that Brady was once the Michigan football program’s signal-caller after more than 20 years of dominance in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Brady was clearly proud of the team’s national championship.
Tom Brady at Michigan
When the quarterback arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan prior to the 1995 college football season, the story of Tom Brady becoming the greatest of all time began to spread across the country. After receiving a redshirt, Brady backed up Brian Griese at quarterback for two years.
In his final two seasons at Michigan, Brady appeared in 23 games, but he had to compete with gifted rookie Drew Henson, who would later play in the NFL and Major League Baseball, for the starting position. One of the things that finally gave Brady the confidence he needed to become the greatest of all time was this competition.
Brady did not lead the Michigan football program to a national championship (perhaps if he had been hired outright), but in his senior year, he led the team to victory in the Citrus and Orange bowls and overcame the infamous Ohio State Buckeyes with an exciting drive in the fourth quarter.