Some of the most iconic moments in American sports history have come after a player has overcome illness or injury.
Locally, Bulls fans are familiar with Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game” and pizza experience in Utah. Cubs fans are familiar with the plight of Kyle Schwarber, who worked his way back from a shredded knee to become a World Series legend.
But with all due respect to those icons, Tom Brady’s 2020 story stands on its own:
Individually, Brady threw for more than 4,600 yards and tossed 40 touchdowns. It was all part of an effort in leading the Buccaneers to their first winning season since 2016 and first postseason appearance since 2007. Brady marched his way through Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay to win the NFC. His win against the Saints sent Drew Brees into retirement. Meanwhile, his triumph against the Packers might be the last we see of Aaron Rodgers in green and gold. And to top it off, he won Super Bowl MVP honors while dethroning Patrick Mahomes and the defending champs.
All of that was done while plying on a torn MCL. Respect.
Brady really did it all last year. Well, everything except beat Nick Foles and the Bears.