Tom Brady Speaks Out on Seriousness of His Knee Surgery

by Josh Lanier

The knee injury Tom Brady nursed most of last season was a lot worse than he and the team originally let on.

Shortly after adding a seventh championship ring to his collection, doctors operated on Brady’s knee. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the surgery just a routine “clean up” to clear away scar tissue. But it was actually a lot more intense than that. Brady elaborated in a radio interview.

“I had pretty serious knee surgery this offseason, which is the first surgery I’ve had in about 12 years,” Brady said on Hodinkee Radio, as transcribed by 247 Sports. “So I was really interested to see how it was going to go because last year just took a lot. Every week, I was kind of tending to my knee and I thought, ‘I’d love to see a season, what it looks like when I can really 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 that rehab process. The season went pretty long, into February. … Like, I don’t really think I’ve created this space in my life for things outside of football to really take over that level of excitement. I still feel like throwing the football is what I love to do.”

But more importantly, he needs to be in top shape to face off against the Patriots in Week 4. If not, Michael Irvin’s head may explode.

Brady Worries About What He’ll Do In Retirement

Tom Brady will be 44 when the 2021 season begins. Most quarterbacks — if they’re lucky — can play into their late 30s. But what Brady is doing at his age is incredible.

Though, it all has to end sometime. And Brady said he worries about what will come next for him.

“I have a lot to give,” Brady said on Hodinkee Radio. “I think there’s a lot of time and energy still focused on being a great quarterback.”

“… When that’s done, although I’m a little fearful of it ending, I am open to the belief that there will be a lot of opportunities for me to do things that I haven’t had a chance to do,” he explains. “I really think I can help a lot of people.”