Drew Brees: I wouldn’t tell my wife about a concussion

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who made the rounds last week in Manhattan (including a visit to 30 Rock and a spot on PFT Live) had a second media tour in support of efforts to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of exertional heat stroke. His appearance on The Dan Patrick Show came one day after the wife of Tom Brady promoted (possibly inadvertently) awareness of the fact that Brady has had multiple undiagnosed and undisclosed concussions.

Brees said he wouldn’t tell his wife, Brittany, if he suffered a concussion.

I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees said via ESPN.com, admitting that in 2004 (five years before the league began taking concussions seriously) he tried to play through a concussion while quarterbacking the Chargers.

“I knew that something was not right,” Brees said. “I knew that I was concussed. But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’ . .  .

“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it’s competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. That’s why the concussion protocols are in place where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”

He’s right; everybody’s supposed to be looking. But if the player is determined to conceal the symptoms, and if the symptoms are sufficiently mild to allow them to be concealed, the system gets short-circuited. Despite advancements in encouraging football players to self-report concussions, too much rides on the ability of a player to play. Brady, who was able to wrest the starting job in New England away from Drew Bledsoe 16 years ago after Bledsoe was injured, surely doesn’t want to give Jimmy Garoppolo or anyone else a chance to play — and in turn to stay on the field.

Once a player enters the concussion protocol, he completely loses control over the process. Brady, who surely wants to control every aspect of his own life, has no desire to surrender control to a doctor or to anyone else. And so it would be no surprise to learn that he hid one or more concussions from the NFL and from the team. At this point, Brady probably wishes he also had hidden it from his wife.

38 responses to “Drew Brees: I wouldn’t tell my wife about a concussion

  1. Welp thank goodness we have sites like espn and pft to spin the hamster wheel of controversy.
    Brady will as always handle it with class. Will be back in the super bowl while breeze and the other equally outspoken quarterbacks of Brady’s headlines including deflategate, will NOT be in the super bowl.

    Brady will handle a comment from his beautiful wife he same way he handled the deflategate and other controversial comments with class ease and let his playing do the talking.

    See you in Minnesota Drew. Great deals on new tvs for you to watch the big game at Best Buy

  2. Great commentary also. Speaking about what someone like Tom wishes or doesn’t wish he had said to the mother of his children.

  3. “I mean he has concussions pretty much every year but we don’t talk about it”

    First rule of not talking about it- don’t talk about it on TV…

    What’s the penalty for getting caught lying to the Ginger Hammer a second time?

  4. That’s great, Drew, but not every player behaves the same. Some wives are more controlling and demanding like Kiko Grimes or Gisele Bundchen. Some players have a different relationship with their wives and tell them everything. Tom and Gisele seem to form the perfect partnership and open communication seems to work for them.

  5. Ya Drew. Women are like puppies. Don’t need to tell them anything. Besides, your a big, tough NFL player. You don’t owe her any respect.

  6. This is because Drew Brees is a MAN. He can take a hit, he doesnt fall down the second the pocket collapses. Brady is a little girl who is used to quick screens and slants so he never gets touched. IF, on the rare times he drops back, the pocket collapses he literally falls to the ground and it looks like a scene from the movie Surrogates. Tom lucked out with the offense he has- an offense ANY qb in the league can thrive in (as we’ve seen with Cassell, Jimmy G and Jacoby). Brees uses his arm, he drops back, takes hits, uses footwork, reads through progressions- all things tom does not do. In a slant where u get rid of the ball in 1.9 seconds there is no footwork, or reading through progressions, or taking a shott. Congrats on the lucky offense tom, but in ANY other system your not a top 15 qb, you were drafted 6th round b/c your an average at best qb.

  7. And if he did, so what? There’s no way to prove it and there’s no written rule requiring him to tell anyone. By putting spotters on the field, the NFL assumed responsibility for identifying concussed players and any failure of that system is completely on them.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brady pulled off the field at some point this season, perhaps at a critical point in a game, so that he can be run through the concussion protocol wringer, most likely on the flimsiest pretext imaginable. That seems to be the way Goodell’s “integrity” based NFL operates.

  8. Drew has a big mouth. Tell us again, Drew how you threw Brady under the bus on Conan during the Deflategate framejob, after believing Goodell.

  9. Drew has a big mouth. Tell us again, Drew how you threw Brady under the bus on Conan during the Deflategate framejob, after believing Goodell.
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    Just because it wasn’t ‘proven’ doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I mean who completely destroys their own phone just moments before meating with Goodell. Not to mention the ‘deflator’ was just talking about losing weight? Laughable

  10. Drew as of 07/10/14 according to Forbes Gisele was worth 386 million, in 2016 she made 30.5 million….so it’s safe to say that she has passed a net worth of 400 million.

    My guess is she’s calling the shots in their house hold. I’m sure Tom stays in his lane because he knows that women with her worth and looks don’t grow on trees.

  11. Might be talented far from an honest player. Just another example how the league will look sideways on this subject.

  12. He will after he retires … so he can sue them for money. Drew is 100% about money.

  13. Drew is 100% about money.
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    Top 3 QB making barely Top 10 QB money. He signed for a team friendly 19M/per but could’ve gotten at least $25M a year on the open market. Try to keep up….

  14. Brees is a product of Sean Payton’s offense. Just look at his stats when Payton was out on suspension or when he played in San Diego.

  15. pancaketaco says:
    May 19, 2017 10:27 AM
    Drew as of 07/10/14 according to Forbes Gisele was worth 386 million, in 2016 she made 30.5 million….so it’s safe to say that she has passed a net worth of 400 million.

    My guess is she’s calling the shots in their house hold. I’m sure Tom stays in his lane because he knows that women with her worth and looks don’t grow on trees.
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    You’re a genius, thanks for pointing out that TB is in the poorhouse and wouldn’t have a pot to pee in without her and he would have a hard time finding beautiful women. He’s been given everything in his life on a silver platter, why not his wife?

  16. “This is because Drew Brees is a MAN. He can take a hit, he doesnt fall down the second the pocket collapses. Brady is a little girl who is used to quick screens and slants so he never gets touched. IF, on the rare times he drops back, the pocket collapses he literally falls to the ground and it looks like a scene from the movie Surrogates. Tom lucked out with the offense he has- an offense ANY qb in the league can thrive in (as we’ve seen with Cassell, Jimmy G and Jacoby). Brees uses his arm, he drops back, takes hits, uses footwork, reads through progressions- all things tom does not do. In a slant where u get rid of the ball in 1.9 seconds there is no footwork, or reading through progressions, or taking a shott. Congrats on the lucky offense tom, but in ANY other system your not a top 15 qb, you were drafted 6th round b/c your an average at best qb.”

    Wow. This is just hilarious. First of all, the “system” changes constantly, every week. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. If any QB can thrive in this “system” why isn’t everyone running this system? Did you think this through at all before you posted? No, you didn’t, you just hate Brady so you spew BS. He throws short, medium, long etc. Do you watch the games? lol, doubtful. He goes down when he’s going to be sacked, you’re right. Probably part of the reason why he’s still owning everyone at the age of 40. I guess it would be way smarter to get the crap beat out of you, right? Give me a break.

    Also, bringing up Cassel just shows you are uninformed. Cassel went 11-5, missed the playoffs, and lost to every playoff team he faced…..with a team that the year before almost went undefeated. Garrapolo played two games, no one had any tape on him. There is no way to know if he would continue to be successful. The same thing happens all the time when a new, good, QB comes out of the woodwork and has success. Then teams figure him out.

    Stop being so daft. Educate yourself.

  17. “Brees uses his arm, he drops back, takes hits, uses footwork, reads through progressions- all things tom does not do. In a slant where u get rid of the ball in 1.9 seconds there is no footwork, or reading through progressions, or taking a shott.”

    Oh I forgot about this part. Brady doesn’t read through progressions?? LOLOL…..you are a complete idiot.

  18. Brady doesn’t use footwork in the pocket?

    He doesn’t take shots?

    Dude you are complete mess. Maybe try watching a game. He’s one of the best in the league with his footwork in the pocket.

    Absolutely clueless.

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