In a piece that will appear in June 1 editions of Sports Illustrated and is now posted on SI.com, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to Peter King about his left knee surgery and tells him "his recovery is on schedule, he's running and cutting without pain or restricted movement, and he has no ill effects from two follow-up procedures to flush out a postop staph infection in the knee."
King described Brady as convincing when he said he was "as confident as anyone could be that I'll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the season starts. I've done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I'm doing everything. Literally everything. There's nothing I can't do."
Furthermore, Brady told King that he looks at the last eight months as "the halftime of my career" and notes that he wants to play another 10 years, which he calls a big goal.
King quotes Brady:
"People say, 'What will you do if you don't play football?' Why would I even think of doing anything else? What would I do instead of run out in front of 80,000 people and command 52 guys and be around guys I consider brothers and be one of the real gladiators? Why would I ever want to do anything else? It's so hard to think of anything that would match what I do: Fly to the moon? Jump out of planes? Bungee-jump off cliffs? None of that s--- matters to me. I want to play this game I love, be with my wife and son, and enjoy life."
Brady also detailed to King about his staph infection, saying he should have been resting but instead put his son Jack on his shoulder and moved around the hospital room. King wrote that a hematoma developed in the knee, and the staph infection ensued.
"I wanted to prove I could move around and get ahead of schedule," Brady recalled, "and nothing was going to stop me. Unfortunately I did too much too soon. I was responsible for the infection. In a way it was probably good for me -- it slowed me down a little bit."