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Antonio Garay fined $15,000 for hitting Tom Brady

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Three years ago Tom Brady was taken out at the knee and lost for the season, and the NFL responded by cracking down on low hits to quarterbacks in what some called the “Tom Brady Rule.” This week a player has been fined for violating the Tom Brady Rule, by hitting Tom Brady.

The NFL fined Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay $15,000 for hitting Brady below the knee, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Brady wasn’t hurt on the play, and he said that’s because he has worn a brace on his left knee ever since he returned from that season-ending knee injury in 2008.

I’m glad I had a knee brace on,” Brady said on WEEI. “Those are scary, man, when you’ve been through those ones before. He got me in a good spot, and I’m glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea. Why every quarterback doesn’t wear one on their left knee, I have no idea. It’s just so unprotected.”

Even though the league has made protecting quarterbacks against low hits a point of emphasis, referee Walt Anderson apparently didn’t get the memo, because there was no penalty on Garay on the play. But Brady said he doesn’t like people calling the low-hit rule the Tom Brady Rule.

“I think that’s the Carson Palmer Rule,” Brady said. “I’ve got another one that the Raiders like to remind me about — the Tuck Rule.”

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46 Responses to “Antonio Garay fined $15,000 for hitting Tom Brady”
  1. sj39 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:22 AM

    I’m sure glad that Tomasina did not get hurt. Thank goodness for the Tom Brady rule though.

  2. dirte42 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:29 AM

    “Stop makin fun of me you guys!! i’m gonna tell the commish on you!!” – Tom Brady

  3. buckeye044 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:30 AM

    Shocking!
    Brady is the most protected QB in the league. Garay should have known better.

  4. z71kris says: Sep 22, 2011 10:31 AM

    lol at the tuck rule, but no isnt it the Kemo rule..

  5. gabbertisthefuture11 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:33 AM

    I’m not trying to brady-bash but C’MON MAN!!!

  6. melikefootball says: Sep 22, 2011 10:33 AM

    Did anyone even think this would not take place.

  7. hendawg21 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:36 AM

    oh “F” Brady what a wuss…if you get paid that kind of money you should be able to be hit like any other player…furthermore why did it take Brady getting hurt to make this rule??? Did and has it not happen well before Brady ala Joe Theismann…now that’s when the rule if any should’ve been implemented.

    Seems like this heading towards flag football when it comes to the QB’s in the NFL.

  8. steelfla says: Sep 22, 2011 10:41 AM

    You can’t touch Tommy,but you can hit Big Ben low,late and break his nose because Steeler hater Idi Amin Goodell will look the other way.

  9. rc33 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:51 AM

    Jeez, so many Antonio Garay supporters. Who knew?
    It’s incredible.
    No other QB’s gets protected. Just Brady.

    Brady got blasted on that play.
    Half inch in one direction or the other and Brady’s season (possibly career) is over.
    Then everybody’d be happy.

  10. kate773 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:53 AM

    Did any of you criticizing actually SEE the play? The guy very clearly went for his knee (and sorry, Brady did not call for a flag on the play and as mentioned in the article, nothing was thrown). Neither did he didn’t call up the league asking for anyone to be fined.

    And if you’re whining about Brady being protected, this hit was egregious enough that any one of you would be calling for a flag and a fine. Every QB in the league, not just Brady, is protected by this rule. So quit your bi&*(*&.

  11. kate773 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:00 AM

    rc33 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 10:51 AM
    Jeez, so many Antonio Garay supporters. Who knew?
    It’s incredible.
    No other QB’s gets protected. Just Brady.

    _______________________________

    Seriously, amazing what a fan club this guy has.

    And its wild that Brady gets in the ref’s face every time he’s approached by a DL right? I didn’t hear Brady complain about getting hit. But I guess everyone else has audio I’m not privy to.

  12. skeefe1976 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:01 AM

    I love hearing Steelers fans cry & whine. Can’t wait until October 30th for another runaway Patriots victory…

  13. marcuswelby70 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:01 AM

    oh “F” Brady what a wuss…if you get paid that kind of money you should be able to be hit like any other player…furthermore why did it take Brady getting hurt to make this rule??? Did and has it not happen well before Brady ala Joe Theismann…now that’s when the rule if any should’ve been implemented.

    Seems like this heading towards flag football when it comes to the QB’s in the NFL
    _____________________________

    Wow, get your facts straight. Tom Brady was injured as he stepped into his throw. That is the time that any QB is most vunerable.
    Joe Theisman was injured as he scrambled out of the pocket…big difference.
    Oh, and what does how much money you make have to do with being able to take a hit?

  14. infectorman says: Sep 22, 2011 11:02 AM

    The Carson Palmer Rule. Nice, and true!

    Every Cincy fan was livid after that game becaase any shot they had in the playoffs was eliminated after that play.
    Nice work Tom, the Carson Palmer rule.
    True that

  15. flash1283 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:02 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 10:36 AM
    oh “F” Brady what a wuss…if you get paid that kind of money you should be able to be hit like any other player…furthermore why did it take Brady getting hurt to make this rule??? Did and has it not happen well before Brady ala Joe Theismann…now that’s when the rule if any should’ve been implemented.

    Seems like this heading towards flag football when it comes to the QB’s in the NFL.

    steelfla says:
    Sep 22, 2011 10:41 AM
    You can’t touch Tommy,but you can hit Big Ben low,late and break his nose because Steeler hater Idi Amin Goodell will look the other way.

    ———————————-

    These two comments just goes to show how STUPID people are.

    @ steelfla,

    What kind of Steeler fan are you? Do you not watch the Steelers games?
    If you did you would know that Raheem Brock was also fines $15,000 for his low hit on Ben Roethisberger this past Sunday.
    Why that was left out of this thread, I do not know.

  16. flash1283 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:05 AM

    Oh, and Ben got the flag, Brady did not.

  17. rc33 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:07 AM

    No flag thrown. No griping by Brady after the play. No one complaining to the media after the game. No phone calls to Walt or anyone in the league office.

    Pathetic.

  18. pastabelly says: Sep 22, 2011 11:20 AM

    The officiating in Sunday’s game was awful all the way around. That crew was awful and obviously blew that call.

  19. pastabelly says: Sep 22, 2011 11:26 AM

    infectorman says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:02 AM
    The Carson Palmer Rule. Nice, and true!

    Every Cincy fan was livid after that game becaase any shot they had in the playoffs was eliminated after that play.
    Nice work Tom, the Carson Palmer rule.
    True that
    =================================
    Palmer was never the same after that hit. I understand the Steelers played dirty and it worked as they won the game. That’s why you need this rule whether you call it the Brady Rule or something else. I don’t think the NFL gets the same tv ratings if Hoyer is the Patriots QB instead of Brady.

  20. pattyarbuccholz says: Sep 22, 2011 11:28 AM

    I love how people bash Brady like he was the one who fined Garay. Last time I checked, he doesn’t have the authority to do that. Brady did not even say anything anything after the hit. Some people in this comment section are jealous idiots.

    It’s just amazing time and time again that haters reach so badly to insult a player based on jealously that I’m embarrased for them.

    However, if you want to rip Brady for the Uggs, GQ photo holding goats, his stupid hair, or anything else like that, then go nuts. I agree with you. But to bitch him out for NOT complaining after getting hit dangerously AND for joking about it? Get a life, losers. “Oh look a Tom Brady related post. I’m not even going to read it. I’ll just make an asinine comment, criticizing him because he’s not the QB of my favorite team”. Yeah, that makes sense. Oh and “Tomasina”? That’s not even clever. I think we can do better than that. Ok, I’m done. Go Pats.

  21. humb0lt says: Sep 22, 2011 11:32 AM

    Why don’t they just put a red jersey on Brady? Brady and Peyton Manning enjoy special protection from under a secret league rule. Why don’t they just bring it out in the open?

  22. wutliss07 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:36 AM

    !@#$!@#!@# !@%^!@# Brady..

    bring on the dislikes, i dont care..

    posing for GQ + constant complaining to the refs = punk. period.

    Go Bills…

  23. patswinagain says: Sep 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    Posting a patriots article and specifically one about tom brady is like a police sting offering free flat screens tvs to 100 petty criminals, down at a remote warehouse.

    Patriots article=Pavlov’s Trolls come running out of their holes to cry foul!

    You only have to read a dozen comments to understand what’s wrong with this country. I blame the parents of these posters. They can’t let one day (scratch that) one article pass without spewing idiocy from their keyboards.

    Pavlov’s Trolls, they have a magical way of making you feel intelligently superior.

    Thanks for the early morning pick me up.

  24. steviethewiz says: Sep 22, 2011 11:48 AM

    If your shadow touches Brady it’s a fine and nobody cries like a little girl as much as Tom and that’s a fact Jack………EVERY TIME he gets touched first thing he does is look over to the ref with his hands held out asking “Where’s the flag – they touched me” and all you cheater fans know its true.

  25. rc33 says: Sep 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    Absolutely hilarious.

    +2, patswin

  26. patswinagain says: Sep 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    Stevie the wiz? Really? You’re makin my point!

  27. kellyb9 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    I’m not sure why Brady is the only player in the league who can’t complain to the refs without getting criticized. Hell, every WR in the league gets up calling for a pass interference call when they drop a pass, and I don’t hear criticism flung their way. Either way, I was more upset about the roughing the passer call against the Patriots than I was about the non-call against Garay.

  28. ampats says: Sep 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    Love all the jealous haters that come out of their hole every Patriots post. If you watched the game which most of you don’t, TB did not say or do anything after the hit but go back to the huddle to get ready to throw another TD pass.

    It is the Carson Palmer rule as the only way the Steelers win that game was to knoock out Carson Palmer. Funny Steeler fans, I believe their was a $15000 fine accessed against Brock for his hit Pig Ben. But lets not let facts get in the way, it easier to post garbage about the best QB in the NFL BAR NONE

  29. grilledjesus says: Sep 22, 2011 12:07 PM

    wutliss07 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:36 AM
    !@#$!@#!@# !@%^!@# Brady..

    bring on the dislikes, i dont care..

    posing for GQ + constant complaining to the refs = punk. period.

    Go Bills…
    ————————————————

    Oh karma, I pray for Fitz’s left knee now.

  30. dayumyou says: Sep 22, 2011 12:12 PM

    Love how all you guys bash Brady who just happens to be one of the BEST qb’s to ever play the game….yes I’m a Steeler’s fan but so what I don’t need to hate on Brady to make myself feel better or my team look better….Pats may very well smash us on Oct 30th but at least they are a real team and not pretenders like the majority of the posters on here are….get real!!!

  31. izzop says: Sep 22, 2011 12:15 PM

    What f’n games are you guys watching! I just see Tom Brady take a hit, get up, and get the first down. Don’t get upset when you’re guy commits a penalty and gets called on it. There are rules and penalties when they are broken.. otherwise it’s cheating, right? Seriously, I think you’re confusing Tom Brady with Jake Delhomme.

  32. gdbroker says: Sep 22, 2011 12:24 PM

    steviethewiz says:Sep 22, 2011 11:48 AM

    If your shadow touches Brady it’s a fine and nobody cries like a little girl as much as Tom and that’s a fact Jack………EVERY TIME he gets touched first thing he does is look over to the ref with his hands held out asking “Where’s the flag – they touched me” and all you cheater fans know its true.

    As several people pointed out, Brady didn’t call for a flag, he didn’t complain after the game and only said he was glad he was wearing a brace. Turn your brain on before posting or you’ll look like a fool and invalidate your own argument. Now that’s a fact Jack.

  33. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 22, 2011 12:29 PM

    @dirte42

    Link to those Tom Brady quotes.

  34. egomaniac247 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:45 PM

    I don’t have any reason to be biased as I don’t root for either team. That said, I was watching the game and this was definitely a cheap shot. He was on the ground and dove forward toward Brady’s knee. Brady’s knee twisted and he was really fortunate that it wasn’t an injury.

    It deserved a fine.

  35. pigskinswag says: Sep 22, 2011 12:53 PM

    Apparently, Antonio Garay didn’t know the Eleventh Commandment:

    THOU SHALT NOT STRIKE THOMAS BRADY

  36. gisellichek says: Sep 22, 2011 1:05 PM

    Wow… I got through this whole thread and only one cheater post… Where the F*** is Spygate Nation today??? Is the internet down in Mom’s basement?

  37. pigskinswag says: Sep 22, 2011 1:08 PM

    For Antonio Garay’s benefit and the benefit of all defensive players in the NFL, here is a breakdown of three groups of quarterbacks and what you are allowed to do to them:

    Brady, P. Manning: Don’t hit them. Approach them in a polite fashion and in a gentle tone, ask them to allow you to wrap your arms around them and lay them gently on the turf.

    Other large-market quarterbacks: Hit them, but if you hit them in a way that appears to be too hard you’re going to get flagged and fined by Emperor Goodell

    Small market quarterbacks: You can powerbomb them a ‘la Bobby Boucher in The Waterboy

    Be Informed – Knowledge Is Power!

  38. suckafree67 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:21 PM

    this is why Brady is hated..he gets the protection of the league for all “supposed” wrong doings against him…

    just wait until some teams pulls off the Giants infamous “i’m hurt and gonna try and stop the no huddle offense” those guys on D will be suspended for the rest of the season after Tom Wonderful complains..

    this dude is a great QB, but is loved too much by the league’s front office to play in the NFL, we just need Ray Ray to get one good hit on him and make him a man again..

  39. wutliss07 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:23 PM

    Fitzgmagic’s beard is tougher than Brady…

  40. marcuswelby70 says: Sep 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    patswinagain says:
    Sep 22, 2011 11:39 AM
    Posting a patriots article and specifically one about tom brady is like a police sting offering free flat screens tvs to 100 petty criminals, down at a remote warehouse.

    Patriots article=Pavlov’s Trolls come running out of their holes to cry foul!

    You only have to read a dozen comments to understand what’s wrong with this country. I blame the parents of these posters. They can’t let one day (scratch that) one article pass without spewing idiocy from their keyboards.

    Pavlov’s Trolls, they have a magical way of making you feel intelligently superior.

    Thanks for the early morning pick me up.

    _____________________________

    Well said…and spot on!

  41. radrntn says: Sep 22, 2011 2:43 PM

    well the Pat’s are the same as the Colts….lose your qb, and it’s all over.

  42. kate773 says: Sep 22, 2011 3:24 PM

    suckafree67 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 1:21 PM
    this is why Brady is hated..he gets the protection of the league for all “supposed” wrong doings against him…

    just wait until some teams pulls off the Giants infamous “i’m hurt and gonna try and stop the no huddle offense” those guys on D will be suspended for the rest of the season after Tom Wonderful complains..

    this dude is a great QB, but is loved too much by the league’s front office to play in the NFL, we just need Ray Ray to get one good hit on him and make him a man again..

    ***************************************

    Once again, did you see the hit? Because it wasn’t a “supposed” wrong. Garay didn’t walk up and lightly tap him. The guy crawled over to him and tackled him below the knee. You can’t do that to ANY QB, not just Brady. That’s how guys blow out their knees. You can’t do that, period. If you want to complain that they don’t call this across the league consistently, fine, that argument is fair. But to infer that Brady is being a wuss or getting special treatment is just plain wrong. Look at the hit, and look at the way Brady’s leg twisted up and then try to make the case that he wasn’t damned lucky it wasn’t blown out again. There 100% should have been a flag on the play and the fine is 100% deserved.

    The problem isn’t that he was hit, the problem is that he was hit below the knee. And for the millionth time, Brady didn’t complain to ANYONE. Not the ref, not the NFL, no one. Please make sure you comprehend this: HE DIDN’T COMPLAIN TO ANYONE.

    I swear, people just read what they want to read and will not give an inch, when a story involves a player they don’t like. They just make assumptions based on the title of the article and post without bothering to read the rest of it, or any of the other comments.

  43. giablommi says: Sep 22, 2011 3:59 PM

    “well the Pat’s (sic) are the same as the Colts….lose your qb, and it’s all over”
    ^^^^^
    Is this a joke?

    Seem to recall Tom Brady being lost for the 2008 season week 1 and Patriots going 11-5. Of course, you haters will find a way to turn this into a knock that Brady is a system QB.

    Unreal. Grow a pair of balls and try to stop being such a jealous, whiny biatch mmmkay?

  44. mornelithe says: Sep 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    Actually, eff every single one of you noname clowns who think Brady, or anyone is a wuss, for not wanting to have severe or permanent damage to their ACL, or MCL (That’s Anterior Cruciate and Medial Collateral Ligaments). Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a serious knee injury, and have even an IOTA of understanding of what that means?

    *Raises hand* Severed, completely, ACL and MCL when I was younger. Full leg cast (groin to just above the ankle) for 6 months, and another half year of PT. I spent 6th grade being home-schooled because of it.

    Grow a pair of balls? You people have no clue what you’re talking about.

  45. patsfiend says: Sep 22, 2011 7:32 PM

    How many of you haters even saw the hit… saw that it was late… saw Brady’s knee bend slightly sideways and him bend over backwards on it. I thought it was over, man… over, again. Garay is lucky he didn’t get fined twice, since on another play he twisted Brady’s leg after the ball was gone, in an attempt to injure him.

    Yes… whaaaaa waaaaaa waaaaa Brady supporters like me, but if it was your QB (Vick, Manning, Rogers, Brees, etc.) you’d see it this way too.

  46. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 22, 2011 9:00 PM

    @radrntn

    Is that why we went 11-5 sans Tom Brady?

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