Tom Terrific, “TOHMMY,” The G.O.A.T….whatever you want to call him, Tom Brady is unquestionably an NFL legend and one of the all-time greats. From the humble beginnings of being overlooked in high school, to riding the bench for three years in college to being a sixth-round draft pick in the NFL; Brady has clearly overcome expectations and the Hall of Fame is already crafting his bust for his enshrinement in Canton.
Throughout Brady’s 18 years in the NFL, he has thrown nearly 500 touchdown passes. Many of these passes have been to other all-time greats like Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski who both should join Brady in the Hall of Fame one day. Others like Julian Edelman and Troy Brown have defined what it means to be a New England Patriot and have been critical to Brady’s success. Others you may have just forgotten that they even played for the Patriots, but even the likes of Chad Johnson and Alge Crumpler caught touchdown passes from TB12.
Oh yeah, there’s also Aaron Hernandez.
But besides those players, there have been many more recipients of Brady touchdown passes and they are names you probably wouldn’t recognize. In fact, the highlight of these players’ NFL careers was likely catching a TD pass from Brady. We will revisit some of these players and look at the worst of the worst that Brady has thrown to. Here are the 15 worst players to catch a Tom Brady touchdown pass, as we check on what they’re doing now.
15. Heath Evans – Suspended By NFL Network For Workplace Misconduct
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Long before the likes of Rex Burkhead and Danny Woodhead lined up in New England’s backfield, Heath Evans was the Patriots’ Great White Hype at running back. He played 54 games with the Patriots and while he did most of his work between the tackles, Evans also caught a lone touchdown pass from Tom Brady. He didn’t win a ring with the Patriots but did win one with the Saints in 2009. After playing a final season in New Orleans in 2010, Evans retired after 10 NFL seasons. He then became an analyst with the NFL Network and a fixture on the bodybuilding scene in Los Angeles.
14. Reche Caldwell – Recently Served Time
A journeyman receiver, Reche Caldwell played just the 2006 season with the Patriots. It was Caldwell catching a case of the dropsies in the 2006 AFC Championship Game which then caused the Patriots to go on a wide receiver spending spree the following offseason. New England would then bring in Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth in route to setting numerous NFL records in the 2007 season and that can all be traced back to Caldwell’s butterfingers. He would play just one more season in the NFL after leaving New England but he was sure to make his mark in the Florida penal system. He was arrested in 2014 in Tampa for trying to mail ecstasy in a shoebox. Caldwell was sentenced to 27 months in prison, and his mom summed it up best by saying her son likely would have gone deeper into the drug trafficking world if he wasn’t such a bad criminal.
13. Kenbrell Thompkins – Cut By New York Jets
Thompkins’ path to the NFL was much more noteworthy than his pro career as he was arrested seven times before he even finished high school. He then attended five different colleges and finally made it to the NFL as a 25-year-old rookie in 2013. He actually started his first game with the Patriots and caught four touchdowns from Brady. Those would be the only four touchdowns of Thompkins’ career as he was cut by the Patriots the following season. He had short stints with the Raiders and the Jets and appeared in the 2017 preseason with New York before being cut. Thompkins is currently a street free agent but the fact that he was even able to make it to the NFL is an accomplishment.
12. Aaron Dobson – Recently Cut By Cardinals
A sure-handed receiver from Marshall University, Dobson had 92 catches during his senior season without a single drop. Even though he was a second-round pick by the Patriots, Dobson didn’t get much of a chance to show off his sure hands as he had trouble staying healthy in the NFL. His last two seasons with the Patriots ended with him on injured reserve and all four of his TD catches came during his rookie year. He last played in the 2015 season and has been released four different times by three teams since the start of the 2016 season. As the youngest player on this list at 26, Dobson is the only one on this list who has a shot at playing in the NFL again. He last appeared with the Cardinals in the 2017 preseason.
11. Jermaine Wiggins – Radio Host
Wiggins was born and raised in Boston, so he was ecstatic when he signed with the Patriots in 2000. He was one of many in the tight end room for the Pats, but Wiggins stuck out for his portly physique. He had the upper body of a lineman but the legs of a receiver and, unfortunately, also had the speed of the former. Wiggins caught two of Brady’s first four career touchdown passes and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2001. He later played for the Colts, Panthers and Vikings and retired after the 2006 season. After retiring, Wiggins returned to his hometown and currently worked for various radio stations and sports talk shows. He currently hosts a morning show on the Boston hip-hop station, HOT 96.9.
10. Chad Jackson – Surgical Assistant
Mr. Jackson holds the honor of being the highest-drafted wide receiver in the Belichick era. He was taken in the second round (36th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft after being coached by Belichick’s good friend, Urban Meyer, at Florida. Jackson was an absolute bust who could never translate his track speed onto the football field. He caught 13 passes and had three touchdowns during his rookie year, but just had one more reception in his entire NFL career after that. After two years in New England, he then bounced around on various teams’ offseason and practice squads as well as played in the now-defunct UFL. Jackson finished his career with more TD receptions in college (16) than he had total receptions in the NFL (14). Today Jackson lives in his native Birmingham, Alabama, and works at UAB West as a surgical assistant.
9. Laurence Maroney – Record Label Manager
Bony Maroney remains the only running back that Bill Belichick has ever drafted in the first round, as he was taken 21st overall in 2006. However, Maroney never lived up to his draft status and couldn’t even beat out a 32-year-old Corey Dillon for the starting job. He was a part-timer in his four years in New England and wasn’t really a factor on passing downs as evident by him only having one receiving touchdown in his career. He was traded to the Broncos in 2010 for pennies on the dollar and then released after averaging just 2.1 yards per carry. He had a few workouts with teams in 2011 but never signed and his last NFL game came at the age of 25. Now Maroney resides in St. Louis, where he is a manager for a record label.
8. Andre Davis – 2LiveBeyond
Not to be confused with Andra Davis, who was a tackling machine at linebacker for a couple of teams, Andre Davis was a receiver who played one year with the Patriots (2005). He also caught just one touchdown pass from Brady and was known more as a returner during his 8 NFL seasons. While catching a TD from TB12 is certainly a highlight of his career, Davis holds two NFL records, one of which will never be broken. He has the longest touchdown reception in NFL history (99 yards) along with 12 other players. He also is tied with nine other players for the most kick return touchdowns in a single game with two.
Davis now lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is the co-founder of 2LiveBeyond which is a non-profit organization which helps disadvantages children by providing them resources throughout their communities.
7. Tom Ashworth – Assistant Football Coach
All but nine of Tom Brady’s touchdown passes have been to backs, receivers or tight ends. Eight of the others were to linebacker Mike Vrabel and one was to offensive lineman Tom Ashworth in 2005. Ashworth lined up as a tight end on the play which was run in the goal line formation on the one-yard line. Ashworth mostly lined up at right tackle during his four seasons in New England and won two Super Bowls. He then finished his career with two seasons in Seattle before retiring after the 2007 season. Unless Brady somehow throws a touchdown pass to himself, then Ashworth will be the only other “Tom” to catch a TD from the quarterback. Today Ashworth lives in his native Colorado and is an assistant coach at Castle View High School.
6. Christian Fauria – Sports Show Host
What Cris Carter was to receivers, Christian Fauria was to tight ends. Okay, not quite but it seemed that all Fauria did in New England was catch touchdowns. He recorded 13 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Patriots compared to nine touchdowns in his other nine NFL seasons. Fauria ended his career with the Panthers in 2007 and he caught a touchdown pass from 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde. That made the two of them the oldest QB-receiver combination to hook up for a touchdown pass in NFL history as their combined age was 80. Fauria then went into the media after he retired and worked for CBS Sports and then ESPN. Today he hosts a radio show in the Boston area alongside former Red Sox player Lou Merloni.
5. David Givens – Café Owner/Sketch Artist
The Robert Horry of wide receivers, Givens had a knack for playing his best ball during the postseason. He was a two-year starter in New England and led the team in receiving yards during the 2004 season. Givens caught 12 touchdown passes in the regular season from Brady over four years, but he caught another seven TDs in the playoffs in just eight games. His streak of seven straight postseason games with a touchdown reception is the second-longest in NFL history and only trails John Stallworth’s streak of eight games. Givens signed with the Titans in 2006, but played in just five games due to injuries. He later sued the Titans for not disclosing the full extent of the injury, but the case was dismissed by a judge. After his football career ended, Givens moved back to Boston and opened a café. He also dabbles in art and some of his sketches were displayed in an art show in New England.
4. Jabar Gaffney – Facing Domestic Battery Charges
Yet another former Gator on this list, Gaffney spent 11 years in the NFL and spent three of those in New England. He supplanted Donte Stallworth as the third receiver in three-receiver sets featuring Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Gaffney caught eight TDs with the Patriots, six from Brady and two from Matt Cassel. He then followed Josh McDaniels to the Broncos for two seasons and played with the Redskins in 2011. The Patriots briefly re-signed him in 2012, but he was cut during preseason and Gaffney then joined the Dolphins to finish out his career. Gaffney had numerous run-ins with the law dating back to his days at Florida, and they continued after he retired.
In September 2017 ,he was arrested on a domestic battery charge for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. The incident occurred in Gaffney’s hometown of Jacksonville, and he reportedly poked his girlfriend in the forehead which left a bump above her eye.
3. David Patten – Western Carolina Coach
With 16 touchdown passes from Brady, no one on this list connected with TB12 more often than David Patten did. Patten is also the only three-time Super Bowl champion on this list as he won in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Even though he was a vital cog on those championship teams, Patten always seemed to be blocking better, younger players like Deion Branch and David Givens. Patten would spend two years with the Redskins and two years with the Saints after leaving New England, but he did re-sign with the team for the 2010 season. However, the then-36-year-old then elected to retire instead of being cut which was a formality.
After retiring, Patten joined the coaching staff at Western Carolina which is where he went to school. He also enrolled as a part-time student to complete the remaining hours he needed in order to get his college degree.
2. Matthew Mulligan – Recently Cut By Lions
We all know that Tom Brady loves throwing to tight ends (or linebackers disguised as tight ends), but it’s somewhat surprising that Mulligan was able to haul in a TD pass from Brady. Mulligan is a blocking tight end who played more like an offensive lineman than a receiver. He played 8 NFL seasons and caught just 18 passes with 2 TD receptions, which is a normal two-game stretch for Gronk. Mulligan can take solace in the fact that he caught the last TD pass of Brady’s NFL record 52 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. Mully played for seven different teams, but he was signed by a total of 12 different teams which has to be an NFL record. He last played for the Lions in the 2016 preseason before being among the final cuts.
1. Tim Dwight – Runs Foundation
Tim “Flight” Dwight had one NFL skill and it was speed. The former Big Ten Champion in the 100-meter dash led the NFL in yards per reception in 1999 and had five return touchdowns in his career. He joined the Patriots as a 30-year-old in 2005 but was still used as a deep threat. He caught three touchdown passes with New England, two from Brady and one from Matt Cassel. After his lone season with the Patriots, Dwight then spent one season with the Jets and one season with the Raiders to close out his career in 2007. He retired as one of five players in NFL history with 3 rushing TDs, 3 punt return TDs, and 2 kick return TDs in a career. He currently runs the Tim Dwight Foundation in Iowa, and puts on a football camp each year for children.
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