The Face of the Nationals is... Tom Brady?

Jim Rogash

This makes a certain kind of sense, really.

Okay, so New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady didn't actually win the vote to be the face of the Washington Nationals, but he still received support for it.

Brady was right up there with former President of the United States (and current between-inning racing mascot) Teddy Roosevelt, as well as Nationals' manager Mike Rizzo. You might be wondering why Brady received votes at all. Don't worry, it was a less tenuous reason than both the Patriots and Nationals possess patriotic names: Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos, the team the Nationals used to be, back in 1995.

Then a catcher, Brady was drafted out of Serra High School in San Mateo, California in the 18th round. The 507th overall pick didn't sign, though, and instead attended Michigan, where he spent four years as a quarterback before the Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft -- as there are only seven rounds in that draft, opposed to the 88 rounds of the MLB draft in 1995, you could argue he was more highly thought of as a baseball talent than a football one at the time.

Brady, of course, would go on to win three Super Bowls while appearing in a couple more, and is currently working his way through the NFL record books for his position. Given the Nationals' limited existence as a team, and their relative lack of success compared to Brady, it makes a whole lot of twisted sense to vote for him as the real face of the franchise. He does have more career championships of his own than the Expos/Nationals organization does. Just give actual Face of the Franchise Bryce Harper some more time, though, and maybe he can help even up that score.

Brady wasn't the only future NFL player to be selected in the lengthy 1995 draft. Future Patriots' teammates Lawyer Milloy and Michael Bishop would also be selected, as were Ricky Williams, Danny Kannell, and Daunte Culpepper. Chad Hutchison was selected in the most prominent spot of the bunch, as a first-round pick of the Braves, but he did not sign, either.

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