The New England Patriots drafted quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The veteran signal-caller celebrated it by posting a hilarious tweet on his Twitter account, which he opened on April Fools Day.

The 41-year-old Brady posted a photo of himself taken during the NFL Scouting Combine months before the 2000 NFL Draft and accompanied it with the caption: “19 years ago today the @patriots took a chance on the guy in this photo: Me (199).

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Thank you to EVERYONE who’s helped me to prove them right!” Brady ended his tweet with a joke, saying “Also, did they stop taking these photos after mine??”

During an episode of "NFL Films" about Brady, then-San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci described the veteran signal-caller after evaluating him, saying “you saw this tall, gangly kid, looked like he’d never seen a weight room. Mariucci also mentioned Brady’s 5.2-second performance in the 40-yard dash, one of the slowest quarterbacks in the NFL scouting combine.

Mariucci was not even impressed with Brady’s throwing ability, saying “there were some other guys that could shoot it, and he had just an okay arm.”

Brady wanted to join 49ers

In that episode, Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., wanted his son to join the 49ers, being long-time San Francisco fans. However, the 49ers took Hofstra quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi in the third round with the 65th overall pick. “We had season tickets for the 49ers for 25 years.

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We were just hurt. We took it personally if you will,” Brady Sr. said then.

It was revealed that the Patriots took Brady despite three quarterbacks in their roster. According to The Football Database, the Patriots had Drew Bledsoe as the starter, Michael Bishop as a backup, and John Friesz as the third-string quarterback. “(Head coach Bill) Belichick walking up to the board, saying ‘wow, this Brady is still on the board,’” said team owner Robert Kraft.

Belichick said he was intrigued by Brady’s situation at Michigan, where he had a rocky stint as a starter, but saved the Wolverines many times against great competition.

The Patriots’ decision to draft Brady as they won six Super Bowl titles with him under center, while Carmazzi never played in a regular season game before he was cut after just two seasons with the 49ers.

Brady greets Belichick happy birthday on Twitter

Aside from posting his infamous NFL scouting combine photo, Brady posted another joke on Twitter when he greeted Belichick, who celebrated his 67th birthday on Tuesday (April 16), tweeting “Happy birthday Coach!

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He’ll definitely see this.. big social media guy..[sic]” However, Belichick is not known as a social media guy and shuns high-tech tablets while coaching in the sidelines.

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