Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Although Vin Scully is most known for his work in baseball, specifically a 67-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Hall of Fame broadcaster also called many other sports, including the NFL.
One of Scully’s most famous football calls was during the 1982 NFC Championship Game when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the final minute of the game on a play simply known as “The Catch.”
Also in attendance for that game was a 4-year-old Tom Brady, who was selected by the New England Patriots as a sixth-round pick 18 years later in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Today, Scully is retired and Brady is nearing the end of his career that has, to this point, lasted an astonishing 22 years. Of course, both men are considered the greatest of all-time at their respective jobs.
This season, Brady threw his 700th career touchdown pass (617 in the regular season and 83 in the playoffs), becoming the first player in history to reach that mark with nearly 100 more than the next closest player, Drew Brees.
After the accomplishment, Brady talked with Scully about which of the 700 was his favorite, via “Let’s Go!” on SiriusXM:
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) December 21, 2021
Coming into the NFL as a late-round draft pick, Brady was never expected to amount to much and only took over as a starter because of an injury to former Patriots star quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Considering those factors, Brady said the touchdown passes early in his career meant the most because they helped give him the confidence he could play in the NFL.
Brady specifically recalled his touchdown pass to David Patten in Super Bowl 36 as his favorite, which was the first in his first Super Bowl as the heavy-underdog Patriots team went on to upset the St. Louis Rams 20-17.
Brady went on to win five more Super Bowls with the Patriots, throwing 614 of his touchdown passes with New England before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won another Super Bowl last season and has added 87 more touchdown passes and counting.
Vin Scully pays respects to John Madden
Hall of Fame coach and broadcast icon John Madden passed away Tuesday at the age of 85. His unexpected death has been mourned by countless figures across North American sports, but Madden’s legacy also has taken the spotlight.
“Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable,” the Raiders said in a statement.
Scully joined those remembering Madden, referring to the coach-turned-broadcaster as an “all-time” great and reflecting on learning from him while calling NFL games.
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