Soon after winning his seventh Super Bowl and his first title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady opted to undergo significant knee surgery in February. His goal was to repair a torn MCL that he reportedly played on throughout the 2020 season.
Brady has been fairly open about the surgery throughout the summer, but this week he revealed that the operation wasn’t as easy to recover from as he had previously hoped.
“It was sixth months today that I had knee surgery,” Brady said on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You know, it was a tough offseason in terms of the rehab. . . . But I feel like I’m really just now kind of feeling — not from a rehab standpoint but from a football standpoint — like you know my legs are feeling bouncy and ready to go. My arm’s feeling live. I think that’s the hard thing.”’
Considering Brady is 44, a difficult rehab process isn’t the surprising. He explained how he had to work through the problem of getting his body back up to speed in time for Buccaneers training camp.
“When you miss time and you don’t continue to train the way you’re capable of training, it’s tough because your body just wants to, you know, it feels like, ‘Ok, I get time off,’” Brady said. “And then when you get your body going again, it’s hard. Your body’s like, ‘No, no, no, no. We’re not working out. We’re chilling.’ You know, and I’m trying to get it going and it just doesn’t want to do it. So I’ve had to push through different things and even the early part of training camp, just getting my legs under me and getting my football legs.”
“Again, when it’s 95 [degrees], you got pads on and the helmet and you’re reading coverages, and the mental strain and the day-after-day and the sleep, it’s just a lot of football conditioning that needs to happen,” he said. “Even for somebody that’s been doing it as long as me, it’s always a challenge. I think that’s why I love the sport. It’s a continuous mental, physical, emotional challenge. You have to bring it every day.”
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Despite the tough recovery, Brady still loves the game of football enough to suit back up with the Buccaneers and chase his eighth championship ring in 2021. He was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last year statistically and rose to the challenge in the playoffs, which should worry other teams around the league.
If Brady was playing that well in 2020, at the age of 43, he might be able to perform similarly this fall.
The Buccaneers will kick-off this year’s campaign against the Dallas Cowboys on opening night of the NFL regular season. Tampa Bay will host the game on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET.