Then, in a Peter King article that will appear in this week's Sports Illustrated, Brady said unequivocally that he has no lingering effects from the injury. "There's nothing I can't do." Wes Welker was also quoted swearing up and down he's the same.
But there's something off-putting about the Brady that appears in the King piece, and I say this as one of Brady's staunchest fans and defenders over the years. It started with Brady referring to himself, playing football, as "one of the real gladiators." It's hard to picture the buttoned-down, polished Brady of years past making this kind of statement.
That feeling only deepened when I read what he had to say about leaving the game last year in Week 1 - how shocked he admitted to being when they kept playing the game without him. That doesn't sound like the team-first Brady his teammates talk about.
What sealed my queasy feeling, though, was this:
Two days after the Oct. 6 surgery, he defied Bündchen's pleas and his doctor's orders to stay off the leg by putting Jack on his shoulder and moving around the hospital room, playing with him. A hematoma developed in the knee, and the staph infection ensued.Are you for real? Tell me that's not real. Tell me the guy who wears No. 12 for our team was not stupid and arrogant enough to start horsing around on a busted knee two days after surgery. Tell me he didn't almost throw away his entire career on some weird moment of machismo.
And especially, tell me that's not the same attitude he's working with now.