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Tottenham striker Kane: Why Tom Brady was a career inspiration

Tottenham striker Harry Kane admits he draws inspiration from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady has won five Super Bowl rings and came close to capturing a sixth against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. But he was overlooked in the 2000 NFL Draft, only getting selected as the 199th pick.

Kane wrote in the Players' Tribune: "I was sitting in my flat again — and at the time I was really getting into the NFL.

"If I wasn't training, then I was playing Madden or watching New England Patriots videos on YouTube. So one day, I happened to stumble on this documentary on Tom Brady. And it's all about the six quarterbacks who were taken before him in the NFL draft.

"Turns out, Tom Brady was the 199th pick in his draft class. Imagine that. It just blew my mind — but in a good way. The film really struck a chord with me. Everyone was doubting Tom his whole life. Even when he got to college the coaches were trying to replace him with another quarterback. They showed this picture of him being weighed by the scouts before the NFL draft, and he's got his shirt off … and it's so funny, because he's just looking like a regular guy, you know? And this one coach says, 'We're looking at this Brady kid, and he's tall and gangly, and he looks like he's never even seen a weight room'.

"He reminded me of me. People were always making the same assumptions about me. 'Well, you know, he doesn't look like a proper striker'.

"It was genuinely inspiring to me. Brady believed in himself so much — and he just kept working and working, almost obsessively, in order to get better. It really connected with me. This might sound strange, but it really was like this light flicked on inside my head that day, right there on my sofa in Leicester — and all of a sudden, I said, 'You know what? I'm going to do it. I'm going to work as hard as possible, and my chance is going to come, and I'm going to grab it'."

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