For the better part of 20 years, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has been a staple of NFL Sundays. But in 2021, he’ll be making a big change to his equipment for the first time in over a decade.
In an interview with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady revealed that he’ll be playing this coming season without a knee sleeve. Brady said that he’s been wearing the sleeve for 13 years to protect the knee that was injured in 2008. Now that it’s off, he says he’ll be able to “move around more freely.”
“It’s good for me to feel like I can move around freely,” Brady said. “I had a knee sleeve on for 13 years. Just that little bit of compression keeps a hamstring from working the right way. You try to compress the knee to keep it more stable, but then you’re also compressing the quad. This is the first time that I’ve been able to run and not think about it. I’m not going to turn into Michael Vick out there but at least I’m not going to be super restricted.”
That’s not to say that mobility has always been Brady’s strong suit, of course. The man has averaged just 1.6 yards per attempt through his entire career.
Pocket mobility is where Brady really makes his bones. He’s been sacked on just 3.7-percent of his plays over the past three years.
Got a few minutes with Tom Brady the other day. He’s just getting started in Tampa Bay….
Tom Brady in Tampa Bay: ‘Hopefully, I’m here for a long time’ https://t.co/dfi89vgcpC
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 4, 2021
One can only imagine how much harder it will be to take Brady to the ground now that he’s more mobile.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open up their 2021 account on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Will we see a more elusive Tom Brady on the field for that big game?