Tom Brady Played All Of 2020 NFL Season On An Injured MCL

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


There is not much Tom Brady can do to add to his already illustrious legacy.  Seven Super Bowl titles (on two different teams), the most recent victory as a 43-year-old, several NFL MVPs and five Super Bowl MVPs, and more postseason victories than any other player in history all support the claim that he is the greatest player in NFL history.  But there is more.

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times ran a report that Brady played all of last leason, a season in which he drove the Tamba Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, on a torn MCL.  According to the report, the injury happened during the 2019 season, Brady’s final year with the New England Patriots.  Unknown to the public until now, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl and fifth Super Bowl MVP on only one good leg.  The legacy of TB12 continues to grow.

It was not just the Super Bowl, a game in which Brady threw for three touchdowns, that was impressive.  He threw for over 4,600 yards and 40 touchdowns in the regular season, and won three road playoff games on his way to the Super Bowl.  And to think he did it all with a seriously injured knee is astounding.  Brady said in an interview from June,

It was an injury I dealt with really since last, you know, April, May.  I knew I would have to do something at the end of the year, and happy I did it, and it was probably something that certainly needed to be done, and there was a great outcome, so I’m very happy about that.  I feel like there’s some things I’ll be able to do this year that I wasn’t able to do last year.

No one is perfect, and sooner or later every legend must call it a career.  But Tom Brady is defying logic with brilliance in his 40s.  It will be fascinating to see what the aging superstar will do in 2021 on two good legs.