Any professional athlete will tell you that the worst thing that can happen is a devastating injury.
In the first game, on the first drive, of the 2008 season, Brady’s left knee was rolled into by Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. The play was so suspect that during the ensuing offseason the league put a rule in place that made it illegal from that point on.
2008 was going to be the year that Brady cemented himself as one of the best quarterbacks the game had ever seen. He was primed to repeat his statistical dominance from ’07, and was as hungry as ever to get another Super Bowl victory.
Instead his season was cut brutally short, and he had to watch the team go on without him.
His absence from the game that year led to rampant speculation that his best years were behind him.
But as is his style, Tom used the pain from being at his lowest professional point to fuel his hunger for greatness, and has come back as great as always, winning a second MVP in 2010.