The first time Brady watched his new team play against the Steelers, he knew who was in the game: Tom Brady.
The Patriots quarterback has been one of the most influential figures in New England’s rise to prominence, both as a player and as a coach.
Brady has won four Super Bowls, two of them with the Steelers and the third as the head coach.
But for all the success the Patriots have had in his decade as the team’s quarterback, Brady still doesn’t know the identity of the opponent.
“It’s tough,” Brady said in a telephone interview from Indianapolis, where he is hosting a conference call for his wife and their son, who is about to turn five.
“It’s like trying to figure out who’s the quarterback of the NFL.
That’s a really big challenge.”
The two teams met on Jan. 1, 1992, at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Brady threw two touchdown passes in the Patriots’ 38-14 win.
The next day, Brady led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl victory in team history.
Brady’s career in the National Football League began with the Giants in 1984, and he has won two Super Bowl rings, including one with the Green Bay Packers.
After two seasons with the Saints in the 1995 season, Brady was traded to the New York Jets.
In his first season as the Jets’ coach, Brady threw for 3,912 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Brady was fired in 2002 and retired at the age of 33.
Brady coached his first team in two years as the Patriots coach, leading the team to a 5-11 record in his first two seasons.
The team finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs in Brady’s final two seasons in New York.
Brady, who died of heart failure in April at age 74, was the highest-paid coach in the league in 2004.
He was paid $8 million for the 2002 season.
During that season, the Patriots lost seven games.
Brady had five of the Patriots biggest wins as head coach: the Super Bowl XLIX win over the New England Patriots, a 17-7 win over Denver, a 34-10 win over Atlanta and a 24-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The most memorable win was the 23-21 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIX.
The Broncos scored the winning touchdown, which came on a 2-yard run by Brady with 3:08 left in the third quarter, as time expired.
Brady went on to lead the Patriots in wins in the next four seasons, winning the Super Dome title in 2010 and leading the franchise to its first Super Series title in 2011.
The last time Brady coached the Patriots was in 2011, when he led the team back to the SuperDome for a 17.5-point victory over New England.
Brady is a two-time Super Bowl champion.