The Tampa Bay Times reports have confirmed that Tom Brady played his entire debut season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a torn MCL. We can now say officially say with confidence that Tom Brady is not of this Earth.
You know it’s funny. After the Buccaneers Super Bowl parade, we had put out a piece saying how Brady’s Tequilla-fueled escapade at the event proved that he is in fact human and made him seem more relatable. The grand finale came when Ryan Griffin had to help him walk like it was Weekend at Bernie’s, which became the lasting image of how perhaps Brady is a mere mortal.
Now the story comes out that Brady played the entirety of the 2020 season with the Buccaneers with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He suffered the injury during his final season with the New England Patriots and didn’t get the surgery until after Super Bowl LV in February.
Just like that, we’re back to square one, assuming that Brady is of a different species, and not actually human. The NFL certainly is a fickle beast. #ThisLeague indeed.
What’s truly awe-inspiring is that it isn’t just like Brady toughed it out, and played amicably, and the Bucs had a so-so season due to injury. Oh no. This is Tom Brady. He lead the Buccaneers to their second-ever Super Bowl title, and was named MVP of the game at age 43. 43! When Brett Favre was 43 he looked like a corpse. On top of that, he threw for 4,633 yards (the fifth most of his career) and 40 touchdowns, which was the second-highest of his GOAT-worthy career. This is impressive for anyone, let alone a 43-year-old man with a torn MCL.
It’s almost gotten to the point where things like this don’t even phase folks when it comes to Brady. Brady publically feeling loose off tequila is the only time where he has seemed like “one of us.” That may have humanized him, but the most competitive human next to Michael Jordan wasn’t just going to stand by and leave it there. Oh no.
This story that Tom Brady played the 2020 season on a torn MCL is further proof that the guy just isn’t the same species as the rest of us, and for fans of the Buccaneers, that is ok.