Put aside the knee injury that destoryed his 2008 season, all of the surgery, all of the rehab. Tom Brady turned 32 this summer, the point of his athletic life when aches and pains tend to linger a little longer and matter a little more.
With his performance this month, when he earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award, Brady further proved his knee has reached a point that will allow to perform at his typically elite level. The attention has been on his knee, and not his age. That also could have tempered his season. It has not.
Brady, speaking on tonight's "Patriots All Access" show, said he feels great physically. Most interestingly, he said his arm has never felt better, and that his age actually works in his favor -- the experience of physical maintenance has helped.
"Iím feeling great," Brady said on the show. "Iím feeling great. Ironically, I think itís a little bit easier. Physically, I feel like Iíve gotten into a pretty good routine of being able to take care of myself, whether itís nutrition or rest or massage therapy, which is kind of my saving grace.
"Iíve really gotten it honed in. I feel great. I feel like itís the first week of the season for me. Thereíre no aches and pains for me, nothing lingering. So my arm feels great Ė probably the best itís ever felt Ė and thatís the way I like it."