The extent of Tom Brady's previously mysterious thumb injury has finally been revealed in his documentary series 'Tom vs Time'.
Brady's efforts in overcoming the Jags and pushing the Eagles all the way in the Super Bowl look pretty remarkable know that we know just how gruesome that cut was.
We know Brady thought his season was over when he picked it up in practice, but in typical Patriots style the precious thumb was never exposed to the public eye. For good reason it seems, because this looks down right nasty!
Probably best to look away now if you're squeamish!
This is what Brady's thumb looked like just days before the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars and their much vaunted defense.
How he managed to throw for 290 yards and two touchdowns in a stunning comeback win, we will never know. Much respect!
He even had to get acupuncture in his thumb prior to the game!
CBS writer John Breech compared the three-time MVP's hand to that of Frankenstein's monster. Seems pretty accurate when you look at these grisly images!
Whatever Brady and the Patriots staff did to remedy that awful looking gash ahead of the Super Bowl clearly worked. Though they lost the game, the 40-year-old threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns, shattering his own Super Bowl record for passing yards in the process.
To think he managed to perform at such an elite level with such a horrifying cut on his throwing hand is remarkable!
The 'Tom vs Time' series has been documenting the legendary QB's life off the field this season, and the final episode also gave us some interesting insights into his thoughts on losing his third Super Bowl.
Brady talks aboutthe ending to the game, especially focusing on the penultimate drive when he fumbled, effectively ending the game:
“I thought we were going to go down and score. I thought we were going to win the game," he said.“I thought about that play 500 times in five days,".
He also hinted in comments about the physical stress of playing the game that he was questioning playing for too much longer:
“I’m sitting here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb and you go, ‘What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?" said
"You have to have answers for those questions and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction you probably should be doing something else."
Brady will be back in 2018, but he has not declared anything past that.
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