ALLSTON -- The first question Brady was asked was about his knee.
Tom Brady tossed a football at a charity event today in Allston. (Globe Staff Photo / Mike Reiss)
Brady was asked if he had a setback.
“I think initially I said there was,” Brady responded. “Since then, there has been nothing. Just working hard on my rehab. There is not much to say when you’re not playing. I’m just trying to focus on what I need to focus on – get stronger, and mentally stronger, so I can go out and try to perform as best as I can next year.”
Brady was then asked if he was throwing at this point.
“Oh yeah,” he said.
Brady was asked if he could forecast if he’ll be ready for minicamps, training camps or the home opener.
“You know, Bill never likes us to forecast anything. It’s like me asking you guys ‘are you going to be doing your job in eight months?’ Yeah, you certainly think so. There is no reason why I shouldn’t,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of getting to that time. I wish it was right around the corner. I wish it was here now. It’s not, but the competitor in me has to sit back and wait and continue to work and try to get stronger. We have to build a foundation as a team. There have been a lot of changes. Along with guys who have had surgery and are improving, there are coaches there who have to learn our system. There are a lot of things that have to take place.”
Brady was asked what he is able to do as part of his rehab.
“I’m doing everything,” he answered. “I’m playing quarterback, that’s what I’m doing … I’m doing everything. I’m golfing.”
After saying that, Brady was then asked by a reporter that he has no reason to believe that there have been any setbacks that wouldn’t have him ready to go.
“There is nothing, no, there is nothing that I’ve experienced or been through that would lead me to believe [that],” he said. “This is just a normal rehab process.”
Brady was then asked a hypothetical – if training camp were to start today, would he be ready to go?
“I’d be ready, but I don’t know if my trainer would [feel that way],” Brady said. “I was out there working out yesterday with him, and he feels great, and I feel great. I was out there with Billy O’Brien, our quarterback coach, and we’re doing our work. It’s hard to say – I’ve never been through injured, I’ve never been through anything like this. But it’s those things that happen. You play long enough in this game, you get injured, you focus on your rehab, and you move on. There are a lot of guys on this team who have surgery – or you don’t have surgery but you’re dinged up and need other types of rehab. You just go forward as best you can.”
Brady was then asked about Matt Cassel.
“Matt and I, we’re great friends. I actually worked out with him on Sunday, he’s doing great," Brady said. "He’s a great person, a great player, I’m lucky to have him as a teammate and I wish we could play together for our entire careers. We’re great friends. He did an incredible job.”
Brady was asked about how much fear he had initially when he first learned that his surgically repaired knee had an infection.
“Well, it’s unexpected, so like a lot of things in life that are unexpected, I listened to it, I made the decisions we had to make, and we moved forward,” he said. “I did the best I could do, and people that helped me through this entire process did everything they could do. I’m never one to dwell on bad news. We lose a game, I move on. I get hurt – you get hurt two minutes into the season, and everybody moves on – that’s the way it is. That’s part of this game, you have to be mentally tough and you have to understand that this is part of your profession, part of the environment we’re in. I’m looking forward to getting out there playing – I think that’s what I enjoy most. The training part is fun, but at the same time, the playing part is the best. That’s what I miss the most.”
Brady was asked if he is now married.
“I said may – maybe, maybe not,” he responded. “No, all those reports are, unfortunately, not true. I’m in a great spot in my life. I have a lot of people that care about me and that I love, and love being around. My girlfriend is certainly one of them.”