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Tom Brady’s knee was more injured than people realize during Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run

Tom Brady, Buccaneers Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady may have been playing on an injured left knee during the team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

While there were reports following the game that Brady would require a “cleanup” in the knee, most believed the procedure to be minor and that it would require little time in the way of recovery. However, with Bruce Arians recently admitting that the signal-caller would be unable to participate in football drills for at least four months, speculation has increased that the injury was more severe than Brady and the team initially let on.

“I’m hoping we have an offseason for the younger players,” Arians said when discussing the timetable for Brady’s return. “Tom doesn’t need it. He doesn’t have to be out there throwing it anymore. He can be standing there coaching the [expletive] out of them.”

While Arians and the organization don’t seem overly concerned with the surgery’s long-term implications, the revelation that Brady’s knee was more injured than originally thought adds another dimension to what was already an impressive performance in the Super Bowl. Not only did Brady become the oldest player to ever appear in the championship game, but the future Hall of Famer secured another Super Bowl MVP award after completing 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Beyond his performance in the final round, Brady was impressive throughout the Buccaneers’ entire postseason run, with the only disappointment coming from how badly it turns out the QB handles his liquor. That he did the whole thing on an injured knee makes it all the more impressive.

“When [the extent of the injury] comes out, all this does is build his legend even greater,” a friend of Brady told Volin.

If there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest that Tom Brady was invincible, winning a ring on an injured left knee may have sealed the case.