Tom Brady Talks About His Body Not Responding

August 25th, 2021

Rare personal reflection on an injury here from Tom Brady.

The Tampa Bay version of Brady is a more candid guy (even if he claims about 90 percent of what he says isn’t the whole truth).

On SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday, Brady opened up about his offseason knee surgery and the challenges it brought.

“It was sixth months today [Aug. 24] that I had knee surgery,” Brady began. “You know, it was a tough offseason in terms of the rehab. … But I feel like I’m really just now kind of feeling — not from a rehab standpoint but from a football standpoint — like you know my legs are feeling bouncy and ready to go. My arm’s feeling live. I think that’s the hard thing.

“When you miss time and you don’t continue to train the way you’re capable of training, it’s tough because your body just wants to, you know, it feels like, ‘Ok, I get time off.’ And then when you get your body going again, it’s hard. You’re body’s like, ‘No, no, no, no. We’re not working out. We’re chilling.’ You know and I’m trying to get it going and it just doesn’t want to do it. So I’ve had to push through different things and even the early part of training camp, just getting my legs under me and getting my football legs.

“Again, when it’s 95 [degrees], you got pads on and the helmet and you’re reading coverages, and the mental strain and the day-after-day and the sleep, it’s just a lot of football conditioning that needs to happen. Even for somebody that’s been doing it as long as me, it’s always a challenge. I think that’s why I love the sport. It’s a continuous mental, physical, emotional challenge. You have to bring it every day.”

Brady went on to talk about how he’s got Bucs teammates that bring everything they have daily and they inspire him.

Hearing this made Joe wonder whether Brady would have it in him to push through another significant injury that requires offseason rehab. Hopefully, Brady and Bucs fans never have to face that scenario.

23 Responses to “Tom Brady Talks About His Body Not Responding”

  1. Ben green Says:

    Legs abd feet are the first things that go. He had a partially torn achilles while with the pats. Then he hurts his knee the last season with us. Those injuries and his lack of enthusiasm about the roster were the two reasons Bill let him walk. I think this is his last great year. He’ll play as long as he can win, and you have a young talented team. They’re all one hit away, but these injuries are concerning because it’s his legs

  2. Cobraboy Says:

    Even the GOAT understands growin’ old ain’t fer sissies…

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    Ben green according to you he was done last year what happened?

  4. Bird Says:

    Ben green

    Since you are patriots fan / brady fan
    Not a buc fan

    Does sony michel still have gas in tank. Thought he had some injuries ?
    Rams just traded for him

    They are team in nfc that concerns me the most

  5. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    ..I hope I’m wrong, but looks like we have seen the best of him last year(2020). I know we were hoping for one more… I don’t know. First quarter is going to show more where TB12 really is this year. 🤞

  6. Steven007 Says:

    Crazy, until I see some legitimate indication of declination I have no reason to believe that he’s declining. Granted, he will one day. But they’ve been saying this for the past 10 years. Looked just fine in the reps first preseason game. Regardless, we’ll know more soon enough.

  7. allbuccedup Says:

    I hope he can last one more year get another superbowl and call it a day.

  8. lambchop Says:

    Ya’ll trippin if you think Tom lets ANYTHING out of his mouth that he doesn’t want you to hear. He wants you to doubt him. These rare athletes are on another level when it comes to motivation and slights.

    Max Kellerman will bite on this Tom Brady interview.

    The guy is going to be ready for Dallas. This year will be even more fun as long as the injury bug stays away.

  9. D-Rome Says:

    Those are really interesting comments by Brady. He sounds like a man that may call it quits after this season. I am not the athlete Tom Brady is but I am athletic and regularly train in combat sports. I can relate to having to push through complacency in my mid 40s.

  10. PassingThru Says:


    Michel a very good value considering the poor depth at RB for the Rams. The key is his health, he’s had durability issues dating back to when he was at University of Georgia (like Gurley). After a very good first season with New England, he began to experience a variety injuries in 2019, which degraded his YPC. It wasn’t really all his fault; the New England OLine was uncharacteristically terrible that season. LT was a revolving door frequently filled by a marginal practice squad player, and the best run blocker on the team played while injured, reducing him to a warm body with a pulse. In 2020 the injuries took a toll on Michel, he was IR’ed. By the time he made it back to the roster the season was over for New England.

    Sony Michel is high risk, high reward. He wasn’t a good pick for the first round, but he does have some decent attributes. He has good but not great power, he can catch the ball but he’s not a natural pass-catching back, just OK speed and shiftiness, knows how to use blockers, good vision, processes and makes pretty quick and good decisions.

    There’s gas left in the tank. It comes down to whether he can stay healthy. He’s risky but the Rams are win now mode, so it’s an acceptable risk for them.

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I have watched Michel since he was drafted and this was another BB as a GM screw up. If he doesn’t have a quality FB he stinks. Cannot run in a one back set. As for Brady, he has stated it many times 45 is his # and the Mrs. Is drinking that koolaid. He will be great next year and those that said this is a bait and switch are correct. This interview confirms he is going to light it up this year and probably next. Then he fades off into the sunset and the haters will have nothing left to say except welcome to the HOF as the best QB that ever played the game. Pick # 199.

  12. jeffrey s wheeler Says:

    everyone is new england is following tb 12 on his quest for back to back titles in tampa

  13. Tony Says:

    Hopefully Trask can pick it up soon then because he was struggling against the backups. Yeah he wasn’t getting help either but it doesn’t help when you’re showing signs of struggling against backups. Sure he’s gonna learn but if they’re gonna want him to take over he’s probably gonna need more then a year. Brady is probably have to play until like 50.😀 Gabbert & Griffin definitely aren’t the answer & it wouldn’t surprise me if they even traded for somebody to put with Brady. Somebody more reliable to back him up.

  14. Eddie Marz Says:

    Ben Green, you actually try to pretend you know what your talking about. Thank God you don’t. GO BUCS!

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    I never saw this before…


    Brady said in his 2017 book, “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance” that he sticks to a 9 p.m. bedtime and he wakes up at 6 a.m. (for nine hours of sleep).


    How does that work when you’re playing so many prime-time games?

    Also interesting to hear Brady talk about the heat — he really hasn’t said much about the heat, or at least not that often. I couldn’t remember him every bringing it up, so I googled it, and there’s a few quotes but they’re pretty rare.

  16. Trey Long Says:

    Go Bucs. TB is just fine atm. When he can’t contend for Super Bowls, he’s gone.

  17. BillyBucoff Says:

    I say let Brady play a few more years and then sign Aaron Rodgers after GB loses yet again.

    We may never need to draft Bradys replacement.
    Of course Brady could play 3 more years.

    And BTW my auto correct changes to Brady if I misspell.
    Thats when you know you have a legend. 😂

    I think a lot of QBs are jealous of what Brady has in Tampa.
    Most don’t end up in a great situation EVER and here it has happened to Brady twice.
    Of course then there is the belief that Brady makes his own situation.
    Hence the jealousy.

    Only one TB12!!!!!!

  18. gp Says:

    D-Rome Says:
    I can relate to having to push through complacency in my mid 40s.
    Wow! That brings back memories.

  19. Carl L Says:

    We are blessed to be able to watch the ultimate QB do all the things that make him the ultimate field and team leader of all team sports. A very special person that we may never see another. He’s got 100’s giving 100 % for a common goal.

  20. Carl L Says:

    Just a note…Every member of the Bucs OL knows where Brady is on every play. Brady is not dancing all around like other QBs. No fear in the pocket. Their man is not going to hit Brady. The receivers all know exactly where the ball is coming from. They pick it up early.

  21. BucsCoolade Says:

    Chat is chat.. its august.. brady will grind away like hes on the practice range before a round of golf.. he will use every asset he has accumulated to his benefit to get warmed up.

    Football can be brutal so he needs some good fortune also. Having his team back intact helps immensely as they work together getting ready..

    Play calling can be tweaked more brady friendly also.. So I’m expecting good results.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Tom so just get to work you will be just fine

  23. Phillip Says:

    If the offensive line holds up and Brady stays healthy this season I think it will be his best season ever. This team is loaded Brady knows precisely how to use these players. His dad said a few years ago that he was worried about Tom because he said they would have to pull him off the field to make him retire. Tom is also said it scares him to think of what his life will be after football because it’s been his life the whole time. Even if he starts to consider retire and I think he’s just going to keep playing for as long as you can