Tom Brady: ‘Reconstructed’ knee has ‘felt really good’
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady surprised many in the football world when he confirmed in March 2021 that he needed left knee surgery shortly after winning his seventh career Super Bowl ring to fix what was later called a fully torn MCL. The 44-year-old suffered the initial injury during the 2019 season while with the New England Patriots, and he spoke on Wednesday of having had a “different” offseason that didn’t include a treat a swollen knee this time.
“Last year was pretty tough, just because of the rebuilding of the MCL, and I basically tore it up in my last season in New England and went the whole offseason with a torn MCL,” explained Brady, per Josh Alper by Pro Football Talk. “I didn’t have a reconstruction, because I thought it was just going to heal. So I did nothing. The next year, I just recorded it, basically, every day. And then finally rebuilding it last year, it felt for the first time this offseason, it was really good.
Brady emerged as a Most Valuable Player nominee after last year’s proceedings. According to ESPN statistics, the Ageless GOAT finished the 2021 regular season leading the NFL with 485 completions, 719 attempts, 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns through the air. As long as the knee continues to feel “really good” at worst, Brady could finally consider playing beyond the 2022 campaign following his short-lived retirement last winter.
Whatever Brady’s intentions for 2023, Buccaneers teammates such as Shaquil Barrett and Devin White are happily adopting a “champion or bust” mentality this spring.