This past week something happened that stopped me in my tracks when I heard it. It was news so amazing and outstanding that I had to double check to make sure that it was not a joke from the Onion Sports Network. It in fact was true, our very own "Golden Boy" was back on the field throwing passes for the New England Patriots and starting his journey to play in the 2009 NFL season. Tom Brady is back!
Brady Returns to Patriots Practice
It's the first time that Brady has been on the field to practice football since undergoing surgery on October 6th. This news is important for a few reasons, one is that the Patriots traded Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs.
That leaves New England with Kevin O'Connel as a back up and no veteran on the depth chart at the quarterback position. By having Brady on the field practicing there has to be little to no pain in his surgically repaired knee and he feels he will be ready to play when the Patriots open the season against the Buffalo Bills.
In the June 1st issue of Sports Illustrated, Tom Brady not only graces the cover, he also says some passionate, inspiring things to get Patriots fans excited:
I want to play another 10 years. [I'm] 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.
The hopes are high this season with Tom coming back. There are some possibilities of the offense returning to the form and level of execution they had in the 2007 season. All that is contingent on how well Brady's knee holds up under the stress of a game and a season. Wes Welker seems to think that won't be an issue at all:
He looks like the same slow guy he was before. Just wait, you'll see. He's the same guy.
An entire nation of fans is anxiously waiting for this season to get underway and we are hoping that Tom Brady will be able to step back in and run the New England Patriots offense. It will feel like all of this was just a collective dream and the 2008 season never really happened at all. We hope that's how this season goes.
Thanks to n8wood for the photo of Tom Brady.