is a professional football player currently playing with the New England Patriots. Brady played college football at the University of Michigan and was drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots in the sixth round. He was the 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player and has twice been named Super Bowl MVP.
In the first game of the 2008 NFL season, Brady was injured when he was stuck on his knee by Kansas City Chiefs defender Bernard Pollard. Brady collapsed to the ground in obvious pain and had to be assisted off the field by the athletic trainers. After the game, Brady was examined and had an MRI and was diagnosed with a season-ending knee injury. Brady had sustained an ACL tear
as well as an MCL tear.
After the ACL has been reconstructed, the athlete still has a long road ahead. Rehabilitation after ACL surgery
takes six to nine months before athletes can return to sports. While professional athletes are able to devote more time to rehabilitation and can therefore accelerate their rehab
, the demands of their sport are also higher than nonprofessional athletes. It is unusual to return to sports before six months from the time of surgery. Therefore, NFL football players who sustain an ACL tear are likely injured for the remainder of the season.