Overreacting To Tom Brady’s Knee
By: Connor Lenahan
Okay, I will admit it; I have an overwhelming man crush on Tom Brady. He is in the running for the best quarterback of all time and takes snaps for one of the two teams I actively root for in the NFL, the New England Patriots (I am also primarily a Seattle Seahawks fan).
I could write a glowing article about his career statistics, his MVPs, his 2007 season (which is the best by a quarterback in NFL history), his hair, his wife, his leadership, his ability to crush dreams late in games, but that isn’t what I want to talk about.
Back in 2008, in the first game of the season, and subsequently the Super Bowl loss to the Giants the prior February; Brady was facing the Kansas City Chiefs when Bernard Karmell Pollard bashed his helmet into Brady’s left leg. Torn ACL. Season over. I watched it happen in real time, and five years later I am not quite sure I believe it happened.
Along with Peyton Manning’s 2011 absence, Brady’s missing 2008 season, coming off the masterpiece year he had a year prior was one of the more unreal moments in recent NFL history.
I root for Brady because he is an example of hard work leading to success. He was drafted 199th out of Michigan and fought for his spot on the Patriots roster. When Drew Bledsoe was knocked out with an injury and Brady stepped in, the world was introduced to a future Hall of Famer and one of the best players in league history.
Brady led the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories in four years. Nobody believed that he would be able to accomplish this.
I look up to him because I like to similarly exceed any and all expectations.
I got X-Rays on my leg this week, and they looked good. I have seen enough of my x-rays over time to pick up on the tell tale signs of bone growth. It was present. I hopefully will be getting the cast off very soon. I will then get back in the gym and get back to walking faster than any doctor thinks I will.
Just like Matt McGloin, Tom Brady is proof that things will pay off if you work at them endlessly. I want to be like both of them. I want to get back to walking and playing quarterback. It may be in my backyard as opposed to Oakland or Boston, but I will take it.
Today was a weird day though. Tom Brady was practicing with the Patriots, as is the normal. What stops the normalcy is that Brady was hit by one of his players and stayed down with an apparent left leg injury. ESPN picked up on this, so did every football entity on my Twitter.
I was heartbroken. There was no way that one of my favorite athletes of all time could reinjure his previously torn ACL. It can’t be real.
Thankfully, nothing has been confirmed in terms of a torn ACL, or really any significant injury. So hopefully I am overreacting. I’m the one who is supposed to be hurt. Not Tom, anyone but Tom.
Part of my decision to go to Boston University was based around the Patriots and Brady. I wanted to be closer to one of the greats and hopefully get to see him play. I would kill for that opportunity. I don’t want it stolen away from me by some scrimmage player.
Let’s say it’s the worst-case scenario. Brady will miss the season, get in the gym, rehab like Robocop, and then return to obliterate the AFC East again in 2014. There is no doubt in my mind. But he will have lost another chance at his elusive fourth ring and would be 37 going into that season.
Assuming things are okay, Brady is most likely going to put up another great season despite current expectations. Sure, he lost Wes Welker to free agency, but he also won three rings without Welker. I could see the Patriots making their sixth Super Bowl appearance since 2001 because it is just what they do.
Tonight I will be wishing on every star and mistaken 747 I can that Tom Brady’s ACL is in perfect condition and I will be able to be witness to greatness in my new home this upcoming fall and winter.
If it turns out that he is severely hurt, then I will personally volunteer my intact ACL for the surgery.
If you think I’m kidding, you don’t know the depths of my affection for #12.
Please let him be okay, please let him be okay, I need a fantasy QB and he would be perfect. I don’t ask for much.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism.