It was 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, aka the morning after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers embarrassed the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Tampa, obviously, had a long night of celebrating the previous night, so most players were trying to get some rest before, probably, celebrating some more that next day. The GOAT, however, never sleeps. At that moment, Tom Brady actually FaceTimed one of his Buccaneers coaches to discuss the NFL’s worst nightmare.
Tom Brady won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers on a hurt knee
Many of you know the incredible story of how — after spending two decades with the New England Patriots — Brady joined the Buccaneers in 2020. He then ended up having one of the best seasons of his career.
Brady not only recorded his most passing yards in a season since 2015 with 4,633, but he also tossed the second-most touchdowns of his career with 40. The three-time NFL MVP then eventually led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl before winning his seventh ring by defeating the reigning champion Chiefs, 31-9.
However, he apparently did all of this while playing hurt.
After Tampa’s Super Bowl win, Brady ultimately had surgery on an injured knee. According to SI, it had been something that had nagged him throughout the year, as he even refrained from practicing particular techniques so he could protect it.
Right after winning the Super Bowl, though, Brady began thinking of what things could look like post-knee surgery.
TB12 FaceTimed Clyde Christensen the morning after winning the Super Bowl
While recently talking to the media, Christensen revealed that Brady actually FaceTimed him the morning after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, and he was already thinking about the next season.
“I bet it was 8:30 [a.m.], we’d been out all hours of the night and had all the grandkids in the bed, and got a FaceTime from him at 8:30,” Christensen said, per Sports Illustrated. “Basically the message was … he said ‘Hey, I just been sitting here thinking about [how] we can really be a lot better next year, we still haven’t hit our peak and I really believe we got a chance to be much, much, much better this year.”
The coach continued: “His quote, or close to a quote was, ‘Hey, I’m gonna get my knee fixed up and I’m gonna be better next year and you’re gonna be excited about that.”
A healthy Tom Brady is the NFL’s worst nightmare
Brady put up some of the best stats of his career while playing in that Buccaneers offense last season, proving that a lack of weapons resulted in his mediocre numbers with the Patriots in 2019.
Somehow, though, that offense has gotten even better this offseason. Tampa returns all of its starters from the 2020 team, so Brady will still have star pass-catchers to throw to in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown. The Buccaneers also added a back that has had success in the passing game in Giovani Bernard, meaning Brady will have a wealth of big-time athletes to throw to this upcoming season, like he did last season.
But now, he will not only have all those weapons, he will also be healthy.
“Performance-wise, you wanna feel good. I think that thing was a nagging nuisance to him, having to tape it every day, just make sure he had that thing loose,” Christensen said, per Sports Illustrated. “So I think he’s excited about just feeling good again.”
If Brady accomplished all he did last season while playing hurt, it’s pretty scary to think about what a healthy Brady can do this year.
The rest of the NFL better buckle up because the GOAT might be even harder to stop in 2021.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference