|Brady moves onward and ‘hopefully’ upward||07.31.09 at 2:44 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH- While he knew full well that he would be asked about that left knee of his, Tom Brady wants to just move on.
And he made that clear, with a smile of course, on the second day of training camp at Gillette Stadium.
“I’ve kind of made a concerted effort to move on,” Brady said. That was last season and this is this season. I don’t think about it. I think it’s been a great learning experience and I’m using it really as a positive and hopefully, I can go out this year and be a great quarterback for this team.”
The preseason opens Aug. 13 in Philadelphia. Brady made it clear he is looking forward to playing in the preseason to get himself fully ready for the season.
“Yeah, I think I’ll play, I think I’ll play,” Brady said. “Last year (in the preseason), it wasn’t like I wasn’t supposed to play. I would have loved to have played, just some circumstances came up where I couldn’t. I think it’s really important for a quarterback to be out there playing. If you’re the leader of the offense, you’ve got to be out there leading in the preseason and the practices, and I’m excited.”
Last preseason, Brady was held out to rest his right ankle/foot when it was injured during the playoff run to Super Bowl XLII.
“The games are fun, especially for the players because the camp is challenging and because it’s just non-stop,” Brady said. “The coach said (Thursday) don’t look for any light at the end of the tunnel because it’s dark.”
No fewer than 10 video cameras, 25 reporters and several photographers huddled around the quarterback following Friday’s practice for Brady’s first comments since speaking in organized team activities in May.
“Just a lot of excitement,” Brady said. “It’s a new year. There’s new challenges for us and there are some great opportunities. We have a veteran team and as a quarterback, training camp is a little different for us than everybody else. We’re not hitting or part of the tackling drill. It’s about the only time I can yell at people and not get my (butt) kicked.”
While he didn’t kick Brady’s butt, defensive lineman Stephen Williams did run into Brady while rushing on a pass play. The result was Williams taking a lap around the field.
Then there’s the personal life of Tom Brady. He has gotten married to super model Gisele Bundchen, who may be expecting Brady’s second child and the couple’s first.
“Well, I heard Big Papi say, ‘I don’t have all the information, but I’ll check back,’” Brady said with his best cat-got-your-tongue smile. “You’ll be the first to know. I never hold anything back from you guys.”
Speaking of ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz, Brady sent out his heartfelt sympathy to his fellow Boston superstar athlete. Ortiz’s name was included, along with Manny Ramirez, in a New York Times report on Thursday that had the two Red Sox stars testing positive for PEDs in 2003.
“He’s a wonderful person,” Brady said. “We have a great sports community here. I used to go to Red Sox games in my first couple of years here and sit there on the third base line and loved cheering for them.
“It (stinks) for those guys and it (stinks) for the sport. Football we’ve been kind of immune to it but no one likes to see that, especially guys that are in your town and you root for and you like the company. They’ll put it behind them, get through it, move forward, as we all do.”
The same, Brady hopes, will be said of questions about his knee.
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