NFL Draft: Late-Round Picks Who Became Stars Besides Tom Brady
Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach and Bart Starr were all star QBs who slid.
The NFL draft is filled with stars and, every once in a while, a diamond in the rough as well.
The most famous of those is five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, an unsung quarterback out of Michigan who the New England Patriots unceremoniously selected No. 199 overall in the sixth round in 2000.
Though Brady’s status as a late-round-pick-turned-all-world-quarterback is probably the most well known, he’s far from the first player to go from NFL longshot to franchise cornerstone.
In fact, he’s not even the first quarterback.
In the 9th round of the 1955 draft, Pittsburgh selected Johnny Unitas at No. 102 overall. It didn’t work out for Unitas with the Steelers, but he went on to become an all-time great for the Colts.
Other notable quarterbacks who slid in the draft include Roger Staubach and Bart Starr. To see a full list of star late-round picks who don’t have the last name Brady, see For The Win’s list.
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