File this in under “something the rest of the league did not want to hear” about Tom Brady. An article this morning by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (here) puts thirty-one other NFL teams on notice. He’s back!
Fills A Knee’d
The Buccaneers quarterback had surgery this off season on his knee. What most didn’t know that it was a little more serious than just a clean-up procedure. Dealing with the knee most of last season and learning an entirely new playbook? Getting to know an entirely new organization. During a pandemic? Oh, and winning a 7th Super Bowl? Just another piece of the legend that is Tom Brady.
Brady on being healthy heading into the 2021 season.
“I had a pretty serious knee surgery this offseason, which is the first surgery I’ve had in about 12 years,” Brady while on a podcast on Hodinkee Radio. “I was really interested to see how it was going to go, because last year it just took a lot. Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I’m not just focused on protecting my knee all the time.”
“So It’s been pretty intense this offseason from that standpoint, because it’s been six and a half weeks that I’ve been dealing with the rehab process. The season went pretty long, obviously into February. It’s just now that I’m starting to feel like the offseason is happening. And I’m going to blink my eyes and the offseason is going to be over.”
Knowing that Tom Brady will officially begin throwing next week. As rookie minicamps, OTA’s, and then training camp approach. Kind of makes Buccaneers fans lay their heads upon their pillow more comfortably each night. As for fans of every other team in the NFL. Maybe not so much.
Let The Games Begin
Knowing the playbook. That OC Byron Leftwich can work to add wrinkles to an offensive system that is challenging for any quarterback to learn. Continuing to strengthen that surgically touched knee. Filling Brady’s self proclaimed “sickness in him that just wants to throw a football”. All great news to a franchise set to make a run at their third championship in team history.
The schedule is set. The gang is all back. One Buc Place will soon be a buzz. If it’s not already. Or is it, did it ever stop? Team captain Brady will begin throwing that beautiful spiral next week. Which is great news for sure.