You don’t think Tom Brady can be any better than he was in his first season with the Bucs? Hold my avocado tequila.
Not only did he win Super Bowl 55 during a pandemic, learning a new offense and teammates, but now we know Brady added to his legend by playing with a torn medial collateral ligament.
It was a knee injury he sustained in his final season with the Patriots. Brady decided to gut it out and passed for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions during the regular season, then added 1,061 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in the playoffs.
Imagine if he had two healthy legs. Now you can. Brady is expected to make a full recovery and won’t have to spend as much time getting his knee in shape to play on Sundays.
The last thing opponents want to hear is that Brady, who turns 44 on Aug. 3, is getting better with age. But there’s little evidence to the contrary.
Brady has never made plays outside the pocket or used his legs to pick up yards. But toward the end of the 2020 season, he had to miss some practice time to rest his barking knee.
For a guy who is such a gym rat, more time on task means Brady can spend more time in the film room or working with teammates.
Here are four more reasons to feel great about the GOAT: