Tom Brady Reveals Hernia Once Caused a Testicle to Swell to Size of an Orange

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2020

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a timeout as he plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady appeared on The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday morning and spoke about his career and his personal life.

He also revealed that he once had a hernia so bad that it caused his testicle to swell to an abnormal size:

Zack Cox @ZackCoxNESN

Brady told Howard Stern he suffered a hernia in one game that caused one of his testicles to swell to the size of an orange. Said Matt Cassel called him "Purple Balls" for a while after that.

Brady didn't just talk about the gruesome side of NFL injuries, however. He also touched on far more personal topics, including his marriage to Gisele Bundchen and saying goodbye to the New England Patriots franchise and fanbase this offseason after two decades:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Brady and Stern back on football. Brady says free agency was a nice process. “It felt good to be...” He trailed off and talked about it being the first time he’d been recruited since high school. It sounded like the last word to that sentence would’ve been “wanted.”

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Tom Brady admitted he was in tears saying goodbye to Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and his old New England people. https://t.co/5xy9VnUpf1

Brady even dipped his toes into some offbeat topics, from showers in locker rooms to politics:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Tom Brady is now wondering on @HowardStern why there are still open showers in locker room. "Like why are we doing this?” Brady has thoughts on all things, including this topic. Stern is really the best.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

.@TomBrady says on @HowardStern that Donald Trump asked him to speak at the Republican Convention in 2016, which Brady declined to do. “The political support is totally different from the support of a friend. … I didn’t want to get into all the political (arena)."

It's a new era for the 42-year-old, who will be entering a season wearing a new uniform and without Bill Belichick as head coach for the first time in his NFL career. And while going to a Buccaneers team that hasn't reached the postseason since 2007 might seem like a major downgrade, there are plenty of positives for Brady to consider.

For one, head coach Bruce Arians has a reputation for being something of a quarterback whisperer. That could be a positive for Brady as his physical abilities inevitably diminish. But the Bucs are also loaded with weapons in the passing game. Having Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at his disposal is a major improvement over his options last season in New England. 

And the former sixth-round pick has nothing left to prove after his six titles, though given his competitive nature, he'll likely be motivated to show he can succeed without Belichick. It's hard to imagine seeing a washed-up version of Brady next season.

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But it is refreshing seeing a version of him willing to candidly speak his mind in an interview with Stern. That Brady hasn't always been on full display during his 20-year career. 

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