June 12, 2014 – Indianapolis – Thomas A. Brady, M.D. (1915-2011) innovator and role model in the field of sports medicine whose leadership inspired the creation of Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, is one of ten individuals inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Known as the “father of sports medicine” in central Indiana, Dr. Brady spent his evenings and weekends attending sporting events and treating athletes on the sidelines. He was especially dedicated to high school athletes, recognizing that proper treatment of their injuries could mean the possibility of attending college on an athletic scholarship. For that reason, he made himself available on a moment’s notice, including weekends.
In the early 1960s, Dr. Brady set up a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he treated athletes at no charge. The clinic endured until his unofficial retirement in the 1980s when it became part of the Methodist Sports Medicine, the first standalone sports medicine clinic in central Indiana. Today Methodist Sports Medicine physicians provide orthopedic sports medicine services for several area high schools, colleges, youth sports clubs and organizations, and since 1984 are the Official Team Physicians of the Indianapolis Colts.
Dr. Brady was inducted posthumously into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame at a ceremonial dinner at Primos Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. His son Tom Brady accepted his Hall of Fame plaque. Dr. Brady joins Methodist Sports Medicine colleagues, Arthur C. Rettig, M.D., and John R. McCarroll, M.D. as Methodist Sports Medicine physicians inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame by the Indiana Football Coaches Association. The Class of 2014 for the Indiana Football Hall of Fame includes former NFL players, Don Hansen, Larry Highbaugh, Jeff George, Dick Nyers, and Ray Wallace.