Put aside the knee injury that destoryed his 2008 season, all of the surgery, all of the rehab. Tom Brady turned 32 this summer, the point of his athletic life when aches and pains tend to linger a little longer and matter a little more.
With his performance this month, when he earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award, Brady further proved his knee has reached a point that will allow to perform at his typically elite level. The attention has been on his knee, and not his age. That also could have tempered his season. It has not.
Brady, speaking on tonight's "Patriots All Access" show, said he feels great physically. Most interestingly, he said his arm has never felt better, and that his age actually works in his favor -- the experience of physical maintenance has helped.
"I’m feeling great," Brady said on the show. "I’m feeling great. Ironically, I think it’s a little bit easier. Physically, I feel like I’ve gotten into a pretty good routine of being able to take care of myself, whether it’s nutrition or rest or massage therapy, which is kind of my saving grace.
"I’ve really gotten it honed in. I feel great. I feel like it’s the first week of the season for me. There’re no aches and pains for me, nothing lingering. So my arm feels great – probably the best it’s ever felt – and that’s the way I like it."