The world was a lot different the first time Tom Brady won a Super Bowl
Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady has officially retired again, he announced Wednesday.
A lot has changed since Brady's first Super Bowl appearance — and win — in 2002.
The #1 song on the charts was "X," "A Beautiful Mind" won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the iPhone had yet to be invented.
No quarterback in the history of the NFL was more dominant than Tom Brady.
Brady officially retired (again) from professional football Wednesday after 23 seasons in the NFL. His announcement comes nearly 21 years after he made his first Super Bowl appearance as a second-year quarterback in 2002.
Brady led the 14-point underdog New England Patriots to a stunning victory over the St. Louis Rams en route to earning Super Bowl XXXVI MVP honors. Since then, the 15-time Pro Bowler has made it to nine more Super Bowl games and added six more Super Bowl rings.
And while Brady's dominance remained consistent over two decades, nearly everything else has changed.
Check out what the world was like when Brady won his first Super Bowl in 2002:
Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl back in 2002.
Since then, the 15-time Pro Bowler has made his way to nine more Super Bowl games and earned enough Super Bowl rings to spread across both hands.
Even though Brady's dominance remained consistent, the rest of the world has changed considerably since then.
The year of Brady's first Super Bowl win, the average price of gas was $1.36 per gallon.
George W. Bush was two years into his first term as President of the United States.
He created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) later that year.
And Vice President Dick Cheney had not yet accidentally shot his friend on that infamous hunting trip.
Source: The Hill
Things were very different in the world of pop culture as well.
Usher's "U Got It Bad" was the top song on Billboard's Top 100 the week of the Super Bowl.
Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Nelly also dominated the charts that year.
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" dropped in October 2002 and topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks to end the year.
"A Beautiful Mind" won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Denzel Washington took home the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role for his work in "Training Day."
And Halle Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress from her role in "Monster's Ball," becoming the first African-American woman to win an Oscar in that category.
"Shrek" won as best animated feature film, but "Monster's Inc." was also nominated.
Some notable movies that came out in 2002 include "Lilo & Stitch," "8 Mile," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Ice Age," "Men in Black II," and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
The TV lineup was starkly different as well.
"Friends" was still on the air.
As was "The West Wing."
And "The Bachelor" ran its first season in 2002.
So did "American Idol."
And celebrity couples looked very different back then. Brady hadn't even met now-wife Gisele Bundchen yet.
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Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke up in 2002, just one year after making waves with their famous denim ensemble.
Source: E! News
Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock started dating that year.
So did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, leading to the first mainstream power-couple nickname, "Bennifer."
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were all the rage.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were still together then, too.
Source: Marie Claire
And 2002 was the year Michael Jackson came under fire after holding Prince Michael II over his hotel balcony in Berlin.
And, at that time, so many things that we take for granted today didn't even exist yet.
Like the original iPhone, which first came out five years later.
And here are what iPods looked like.
Or Facebook, which debuted as "The Facebook" in 2004.
Source: The Guardian
Some others, courtesy of Jon Erlichman, include: Android, YouTube, MySpace, Instagram, Tesla, Spotify, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Google Maps, iTunes Store, SoundCloud, Nintendo Wii, Dropbox, Hashtags, SpaceX, Reddit, Fitbit, GoPro, and iPad.
Source: Jon Erlichman / Twitter
For the record, Business Insider didn't exist then, either. Neither did our predecessor, Silicon Alley Insider.
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When Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl, Justin Bieber was 7 years old.
And so was Patrick Mahomes.
Which reminds us just how different sports were back then, too.
LeBron James was in high school.
And Seattle still had an NBA franchise.
Tiger Woods won the Masters and the U.S. Open, completing a stretch in which he won seven out of 11 majors.
And Roger Federer was still a year away from winning his first Grand Slam title.
The Anaheim Angels won the World Series.
And the Los Angeles Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals. Shaquille O'Neal was named finals MVP.
Source: Basketball Reference
Rick Nash had just made his NHL debut.
The Winter Olympics were hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah that year.
But Shaun White wouldn't make his debut and earn his "Flying Tomato" nickname until four years later.
There was also a World Cup in 2002. Ronaldinho and Rivaldo led Brazil past Germany in the final.
Neymar was 10 years old.
And though Tom Brady has been consistently dominant over the past two decades...
...plenty has changed for him as well.
He's had three kids in that span — two sons and a daughter.
And he joined a new team, with whom he promptly won the Super Bowl.
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He left the Patriots after 20 seasons to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
But even well into his 40s, Brady performed better than most of his peers in the NFL.
And, now, he retires as perhaps the greatest to ever do it.
Now check out what happened to Tom Brady's teammates from his first Super Bowl.
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