Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady led his team to a Super Bowl victory last season despite playing with a torn left MCL, which ultimately required surgery. Well, the 44-year-old Brady just revealed a big change involving his knee that will help him out on the field in 2021.
For the last 13 years, Brady wore a knee sleeve after he tore his ACL and MCL in 2008. The Buccaneers star is now ditching that sleeve, and he feels free.
Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
“It’s good for me to feel like I can move around freely,” Brady told Stroud. “I had a knee sleeve on for 13 years. Just that little bit of compression keeps a hamstring from working the right way. You try to compress the knee to keep it more stable, but then you’re also compressing the quad. This is the first time that I’ve been able to run and not think about it. I’m not going to turn into Michael Vick out there but at least I’m not going to be super restricted.”
Watch out, NFL. Tom Brady is about to be running all over everybody!
That’s obviously not true, but anything that helps make the Buccaneers quarterback feel even better is bad news for the rest of the league. While he looked mortal at times last season, Brady picked things up as the year went on and was able to win his seventh ring. He’s still a top quarterback even at 44 years old, and it seems he’s feeling better than ever.
Brady and the Buccaneers will open the season on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. As long as Brady is around and playing at a high level, Tampa Bay will be a Super Bowl contender, especially with that vicious defense helping him out.