Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: at the 2000 NFL Draft, 198 players were drafted into the NFL — including 6 quarterbacks — before the New England Patriots used their 6th round pick on a quarterback out of Michigan named Tom Brady.
You don’t need to have strong opinions on Deflategate or the Ideal Gas Law to know this. By now the 2000 NFL Draft is firmly ingrained in sports mythology.
But the story of Tom Brady falling to the 6th round often centres around quarterbacks and overlooks the otherwise extremely talented 2000 draft class. After all, not every team needed a quarterback that year, and many of the players that teams picked turned out to be franchise legends.
Some players drafted in the first round of the 2000 draft went on to win Super Bowls and MVPs. Others have gone on to coach youth football, head their alma mater’s business development departments, and even start their own eco-friendly kids app.
Here is every player selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft — the infamous Tom Brady Draft — and what’s become of them.
Brown is widely considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time. He lasted until 2005, but never lived up to the hype he had coming out of college. He now does missionary work in the Dominican Republic.
The Redskins had the 2nd and 3rd picks. They drafted Penn State LB LaVar Arrington second overall -- the only time in history that the first two players selected overall were from Penn State.
Arrington retired in 2007. His retirement life has been prolific -- he's an analyst on the NFL Network and founded his own football training equipment company, Xtreme Procision.
Samuels enjoyed a successful career, garnering all-pro honours in 2001 and making 6 total Pro Bowls. He retired in 2010, and this year he is the head football coach at Osbourn High School in Manassas, VA.
The Bengals selected Peter Warrick, a wide receiver out of Florida State, with the 4th overall pick.
Warrick lasted six seasons in the NFL, and then bounced around indoor football leagues and the CFL. He's now a WR coach at Creekside High School in Fairburn, GA.
With the fifth pick, the Ravens drafted running back Jamal Lewis out of Tennessee. In 2003, Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards, the third-most in NFL history. His 295 yard game was the single-game record until Adrian Peterson ran for 296 yards in 2007.
Lewis's retirement has been marred by financial trouble. Last February, he sold his Super Bowl ring for over $50,000 at an auction.
Simon retired in 2007 after eight seasons and a Pro Bowl selection in 2004. He lives in Centerville, Florida with his wife.
Jones played 12 seasons in the NFL, and now he's a budding actor. He plays Brandon -- aka 'Cutty Bro', Gabrielle Union's friend-with-benefits -- on the BET show 'Being Mary Jane.'
Burress is best known for the 2008 incident in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City club. In 2014, he appeared on the show 'Celebrity Wife Swap' and is now an NFL analyst for SportsNite.
Urlacher spent all 13 years of his career in Chicago. He retired in 2012 as one of the best defenders in Bears' history. Afterwards, Urlacher had a brief stint as an analyst for Fox Sports 1, which he's since stopped doing, he's said, to focus on being retired.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted wide receiver Travis Taylor out of the University Florida with the 10th pick.
Taylor played until 2008 but never quite blossomed into a star. In 2010, he spent a year as an assistant coach at Rowan University, and the following year returned to the University of Florida to finish his degree and begin a career as a coach.
In 2013 Dayne was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin and, according to his website, is involved in numerous 'marketing and charitable opportunities.'
The Jets had four first-round picks in the 2000 Draft. They used their first (no. 12 overall) on Shaun Ellis, a defensive end out of Tennessee.
Jets fans will remember the Big Kat fondly. He played 11 years with the Jets and retired in 2012. He was named an honorary captain before a game early this season, and Jets rookie Leonard Williams wears no. 92 in his honour. He lives on Long Island.
Abraham played for 15 seasons, including 7 in Atlanta. He was arrested three times over his career and in July, 2015 was arrested on battery charges for allegedly beating up a business associate at a strip club.
Franks played nine seasons, eight with the Packers. In 2010 he was elected into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
Peterson had a long and successful career in the NFL. He played for 11 seasons and made 5 Pro Bowls. Since retiring, he's started a production company with Chris Webber, and founded Eco Enrico, a children's app about a 12-year-old boy fighting to save the environment.
Janikowski is ageless. The veteran remains the starting kicker in Oakland and is the Raiders' all-time leading scorer.
Pennington played for 11 years, and now coaches middle school football at The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky.
McDougle was arrested in 2007 for battery on a person 65 or older after an incident with the head of a landscaping company. He retired after the 2007 season and helps run the McDougle Family Foundation with older brother Jerome McDougle, also a former NFL player.
Knee injuries cut Morris's career short. The wide out lasted just one season in the NFL In retirement, Morris plays golf with fellow former Chief Dante Hall.
McIntosh has enjoyed a more successful career off the field than on. He lasted just 24 games in the NFL, but is now the Director of Business Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Plummer played 6 seasons for the Niners but only featured in 9 of the last 32 games due to injuries. He retired in June 2006.
Hovan played 10 seasons in the NFL. He's now the defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Storm, an arena football team.
Flowers is considering one of the biggest draft busts in Bills history. He lasted five seasons and played on five different teams.
Becht retired in 2011. He's now a college football analyst for ESPN and hosts a radio show in Tampa Bay.
Bulluck retired with the Titans after a storied 12-year career that included three All-Pro selections. After he retired he got his MBA and is a successful entrepreneur. He also hosts a sports show on Sirius XM.
With the final pick in the first round of the 2000 Draft, the Rams picked Arizona running back Trung Canidate at no. 31.
Canidate lasted just four seasons in the NFL, three with St. Louis. Many questioned why the Rams even used their pick on him, as they already had Marshall Faulk.
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