Buccaneers’ Brady Talks About MCL Reconstruction


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a phenomenal 2020 season with the Buccaneers. Brady started all 16 regular season games that year, posting 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns. He went on to throw for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns during the playoff run that year, ending in a Super Bowl championship. It wasn’t until much later that we learned Brady did all of this with a bad MCL.

Recently Brady spoke about this with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Last year was pretty tough, just from basically having the MCL reconstruction, and I basically tore it in my last season in New England and I went the whole offseason with a torn MCL.”

Shortly after the Super Bowl victory Brady went for a basic procedure on his knee. Turns out he needed a complete MCL reconstruction. Typically an MCL reconstruction takes anywhere from 9-12 months to fully recover. Brady was back on the field just four months later.

“I didn’t get a reconstruction (in 2019), because I thought it would just heal back. So I didn’t do anything. The following year, I just taped it, basically, every day. And then finally getting it reconstructed last year, it felt [good] for the first time this offseason, it’s been really good.”

During a news conference recently, Brady said he’s doing leg workouts and sprinting. Something he was unable to do before the reconstruction. Sounds like the Buccaneers will be getting the healthiest version of Brady they’ve seen since signing him as a free agent in 2020. That alone should put fear in defensive coordinators around the league.

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