Hype grows as Brady and the Bucs get closer to a bitter reunion with Belichick

Quarterback’s father and his quack doctor confidante Guerrero have been outspoken

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are set for a big clash with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Photograph: Kathryn Riley/Getty

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are set for a big clash with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Photograph: Kathryn Riley/Getty

Four days before the AFC Championship clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars in January, 2018, Tom Brady gashed the thumb on his throwing hand so badly it required 25 stitches. An injury that would have put most quarterbacks out of the game.

After surgery, Brady threw away the splint next morning to resume training and, five minutes before kick-off that weekend, asked the doctor to trim the sutures because they were affecting his grip. When he led the Patriots to a come from behind victory with two touchdown drives in the last quarter, the manner in which he played through injury featured large in the media’s questions. Much to the chagrin of his coach.

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