Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The same day Tom Brady makes his first public appearance in the New England Patriots' huddle, Sports Illustrated will hit the newsstands and get folded into your mailbox with a cover story about his anticipated return from a season-ending knee injury.
The story, written by Peter King, was posted on SI.com Tuesday. King sat down with Brady for his first meaningful interview since his left knee caved in Sept. 7.
Brady's comments should further encourage Patriots fans and concern the rest of the AFC East. King described the interview as "impassioned, fiery, a little defiant -- it was a side of Tom Brady the public hasn't often seen."
Brady said he's "as confident as anyone could be that I'll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the seasons starts. I've done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I'm doing everything. Literally everything. There's nothing I can't do."
Brady also claimed "Throwing never was a problem. I've really felt comfortable throwing since two months after surgery."
In the feature, Brady declares his goal is to play 10 more years, that he was to blame for the staph infection that developed soon after his initial surgery and that he harbors zero resentment toward Bernard Pollard, the safety who buckled Brady's knee on opening day.