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Tom Brady’s dad didn’t know anything about concussions

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Tom Brady Sr. admits his son doesn’t tell him everything. But if his kid had a concussion last year — as his daughter-in-law suggested — he didn’t know about it.

The father of the Patriots quarterback told Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe that he wasn’t aware of any head injuries, such as the kind Gisele Bundchen talked about in a television interview.

It’s a topic that’s inflammatory,” Brady Sr. said. “It’s a hot-button issue, so if somebody alludes to something, it’s going to be blown up whether it’s a big deal or not.

“We didn’t get to any games last year, except the Super Bowl, so I wasn’t aware of his health condition throughout the year. He wouldn’t tell us.”

Kids hiding bad news from parents is nothing new (Sorry Dad, see you this weekend), but the elder Brady also acknowledged one of the trickier parts of this story — that the culture of the league would push his son to hide a concussion from everyone, lest he risk losing his starting job.

“I think every parent that sees their kid playing football knows that these guys are big and fast and things can happen that aren’t always good,” Brady Sr. said. “Hopefully, if something does happen, it will be dealt with as intelligently as possible.

“This is all kind of a new phenomenon. Some of the concussion catastrophes we’ve read about were sad, and frankly, the ballplayers were kept in the dark on the severity of the issue for a long time. The league didn’t open up until they had to.

“That’s kind of the way they deal with things. Players are much more apprised of the situation now than they were before, and I’m sure they take their injuries far more seriously than they were led to believe they had to in the past.”

Brady has never appeared on the injury report with a concussion, and his father thinks that not playing Pop Warner football helped. Brady didn’t begin playing until his freshman year in high school when he barely got on the field, and wasn’t even a regular through college.

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  1. truthinesshurts says: Jun 13, 2017 7:08 AM

    Tom didn’t tell me either, so it must not have happened…

  2. jimmyt says: Jun 13, 2017 7:35 AM

    No one cares if Brady had concussions or not, it’s Belicheat and his thinking the rules don’t apply to him that bother folks.

  3. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 13, 2017 7:50 AM

    GOAT. Any other opinion is trash.

    It really is GREAT to be king! Sitting on top of the mountain looking down and smiling at all inferior teams and their inferior fans beneath US. 🙂

    Tee hee 🙂

  4. nomar8477 says: Jun 13, 2017 8:25 AM

    his wife wants him to retire. its simple

  5. whatjusthapped says: Jun 13, 2017 8:35 AM

    I sure good ol’ Dad was also kept up to date on why his son destroyed his cell phone.

  6. Flash1287 says: Jun 13, 2017 9:03 AM

    #fatheroftheGOAT

    Suck it crybabies!!

  7. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 13, 2017 9:04 AM

    Guess we know who Tom Brady learned to be dishonest from, like father like son.

  8. whywerule says: Jun 13, 2017 9:04 AM

    …[Brady] wasn’t even a regular through college.

    Brady started every single game his Junior and Senior seasons in college. That is fairly regular (or were you suggesting Brady needed metamucil in college?). I know some people love to say that Brady lost the starting job to Drew Henson, but that never happened in College.

    Brady was a backup to Scott Dreisbach (yeah, who?) and Brian Griese before becoming the starter his Junior season.

  9. savethebs says: Jun 13, 2017 9:28 AM

    Starting to hear from this guy more than Archie Manning. He seems very concerned with his son’s health doesn’t he?

  10. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 9:29 AM

    Maybe stop calling Tom Brady’s dad.

  11. jimmylikesthat says: Jun 13, 2017 9:56 AM

    Boston Globe always trying to help the Pats. Remember the whole filming of Rams practice story and then the Globe apology for dragging them thru the dirt with false information. The apology didn’t help as public opinion was already made. At least they apologized…Mort

  12. kissbillsrings says: Jun 13, 2017 10:01 AM

    trolls are flocking to a Patriots thread….
    Glad to see the Patriots own you & keep you entertained, much like you entertain us!!! LOL
    YOU KEEP RIGHT ON CRYIN’ & WE’LL KEEP RIGHT ON LAUGHING AT YOU!!!
    Life is WICKED GOOD in Patriot nation…..

  13. tylawspick6 says: Jun 13, 2017 10:02 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:04 AM
    Guess we know who Tom Brady learned to be dishonest from, like father like son.

    1 4
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    ——————

    Tom Brady took an oath in federal court and was found innocent, while a framejob was admitted to by the NFL in said court.

    Judge Berman exposed the NFL’s 57 lies as the backbone of the Wells Report.

    Glad I could share facts, truth and history for you.

    And, no, he didn’t “destroy” his phone. He offered up his phone originally for 4 hours during the initial interview, as pathetic as that was by Goodell and the scumbag owners involved in trying to cheat my team.

    It was only when the NFL started leaking things off Brady’s phone, personal things, did Brady decide to BUY a new phone, telling an assisant to get rid of his old one.

    Have a nice day.

  14. superpatriotsfan says: Jun 13, 2017 10:03 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Jun 13, 2017 7:50 AM
    GOAT. Any other opinion is trash.

    It really is GREAT to be king! Sitting on top of the mountain looking down and smiling at all inferior teams and their inferior fans beneath US.

    Tee hee
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    Yeah, that couch fort you built in the basement sure does look down upon that roach problem you have.

  15. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 13, 2017 10:07 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:04 AM

    Guess we know who Tom Brady
    —-
    To you, that’s Tom Brady 5 time World Champion, 4 time Super Bowl MVP, 2 time League MVP, winningest QB of all time, and greatest QB that ever graced an NFL football field with his presence.

    Know your place boy and address the man properly!

    🙂

  16. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 13, 2017 10:09 AM

    Please stop saying Belicheat, its very hurtful to us Die Hard Pats fans.

  17. itssonny says: Jun 13, 2017 10:12 AM

    Let’s try to use something else that didn’t happen to keep him off the field in an attempt to achieve parity

  18. streetyson says: Jun 13, 2017 10:23 AM

    Firstly, Gisele didn’t talk about head injuries precisely, and in her first language, concussion merely means a shock to any part of the body/system (and it does in English too btw), but in Portuguese you’d have to specify “Concussão de cabeça” (concussion of the head).

    Secondly, if Brady got lots of concussions, at least some would get noticed as he’s the most watched guy in the league.

    Thirdly, it’s worth repeating that analysis of 2016 film shows Brady only took one notable head shot in a game that year – just before his late game-tying drive in the Super Bowl. He got up and was immediately spoken to by the officials who saw no reason to stop him playing. But article writers never point this out because then they wouldn’t have a story to feed to all the fevered salty trolls.

  19. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 13, 2017 10:27 AM

    Secondly, if Brady got lots of concussions, at least some would get noticed as he’s the most watched guy in the league.


    If he had concussions, we would know because it would be obvious to anyone watching and following him. Period.

  20. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 10:30 AM

    jimmyt says:
    Jun 13, 2017 7:35 AM
    No one cares if Brady had concussions or not, it’s Belicheat and his thinking the rules don’t apply to him that bother folks.

    —————–

    So your grand theory is that Belichick is behind making Brady hide is concussions? Uh… no.

  21. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 10:32 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:04 AM
    Guess we know who Tom Brady learned to be dishonest from, like father like son.

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    It’s so pathetic that you would stoop down to calling a players father a liar. Particularly a guy that has taken care of his sick wife for a year and hasn’t really been able to see his son play live very much.

    There’s some reasonable line of decency and you just crossed it.

  22. dangguy says: Jun 13, 2017 10:39 AM

    For those who do not live in the Boston region it might not be understood that the Boston Globe is not exactly a fair and impartial source. The Globe has been writing hit pieces on Tom Brady for a while now.
    Mr. Tom Brady Sr. has been through a lot this past year with his wife’s serious health issue, leave the man alone.
    The Globe has an ax to grind and they don’t care how they do it. Shame on the reporters to approach the family with a story that even the NFL has already passed on.

  23. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 10:48 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Jun 13, 2017 10:27 AM
    Secondly, if Brady got lots of concussions, at least some would get noticed as he’s the most watched guy in the league.

    If he had concussions, we would know because it would be obvious to anyone watching and following him. Period.

    —————–

    There’s a different point here. The reason the haters care so much about this is because they want Brady to be diagnosed with concussions so he has to sit out of games or they want him to be caught failing to report concussions so he has to sit out games. They want a chance for their team to be the Patriots.

    There’s no other reason to care. Otherwise, if Brady is hiding concussions that the teams medical staff, his own doctors and independent spotters and neurologists have not noticed then that only impacts his personal long term well being, which I don’t think the haters are too concerned about.

    To your point though, obviously there hasn’t been anything too severe, or someone would have noticed.

    Fans of all teams should be happy he has managed to stay on the field. The game is better if the best talent is out there competing.

  24. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 10:55 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 13, 2017 8:35 AM
    I sure good ol’ Dad was also kept up to date on why his son destroyed his cell phone.

    —————

    I really don’t understand why haters get so obsessed with what was on his cell phone. He was assessed a 4 game suspension. He fought it. He lost, he won, he lost again and he ended up serving the same 4 game suspension he was assessed. The phone ended up having no impact. You got what you wanted and Brady had to serve the suspension. There was no other outcome that would have served the haters better.

    The Patriots still won the Super Bowl anyway, but that’s another story.

  25. provpats says: Jun 13, 2017 10:59 AM

    Boston Globe always trying to help the Pats. Remember the whole filming of Rams practice story and then the Globe apology for dragging them thru the dirt with false information. The apology didn’t help as public opinion was already made. At least they apologized…Mort

    The story was actually written by John Tomase of the Herald, which later issued a retraction, not the Globe

  26. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 11:00 AM

    savethebs says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:28 AM
    Starting to hear from this guy more than Archie Manning. He seems very concerned with his son’s health doesn’t he?

    —————–

    Do you think he calls the press or do you think they call him?

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:04 AM

    “I sure good ol’ Dad was also kept up to date on why his son destroyed his cell phone.”

    What the phone Ted Wells had repeatedly examined and told Brady he had zero need to see again? That phone?

    That the league sandbagged Brady by making it a national emergency acting like it had never been examined after Wells told him it was fine to get rid of it?

    That phone?

  28. jag1959 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:05 AM

    jimmylikesthat says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:56 AM
    Boston Globe always trying to help the Pats. Remember the whole filming of Rams practice story and then the Globe apology for dragging them thru the dirt with false information. The apology didn’t help as public opinion was already made. At least they apologized…Mort
    _____________

    No one should remember that, not even you. That was John Tomase and the Herald. My father in law the Pats fan has the front page apology framed in his man cave, although if he had his way Tomase woulld have been burned at the stake with Borges and Shaughnessey as fuel instead. I can practically recite his diatribe word for word. My wife’s family seems to hate the Globe almost as much as they hate Goodell but the responsibility for the walk through story lies with the Herald.

  29. tylawspick6 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:13 AM

    I really don’t understand why haters get so obsessed with what was on his cell phone. He was assessed a 4 game suspension. He fought it. He lost, he won, he lost again and he ended up serving the same 4 game suspension he was assessed. The phone ended up having no impact. You got what you wanted and Brady had to serve the suspension. There was no other outcome that would have served the haters better.

    The Patriots still won the Super Bowl anyway, but that’s another story.

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    That’s true, except Goodell, the owners, and hater fans all combined to cheat the Pats. The real cheating going on is done by and administered by Goodell himself.

    It doesn’t matter if the Pats withstood the cheating attempt to knock NE down a peg to try to cheat them, maybe get homefield over them, beat them and no thave NE win another Super Bowl, it’s that this did happen again, and how creepy it is that cheating us for Framegate I (“Spygate”), wasn’t enough cheating for them.

    After the loss in SB 42, veteran players on the Pats said the lie about the Walkthrough Tape from Sb 36, and that planted story of the eve of SB 42, was a distraction.

    If that did not happen, maybe they win and go 19-0?

    Bottom line is, it’s beyond creepy that people are so jealous of our team, their entire world and life is disrupted, in order to exact a revenge to this degree.

    It’s mental illness. Plain and simple.

    No commissioner in the history of sports has been willing to cheat in this way, or be caught doing so, withstanding the aftereffects.

    The ratings dipped in large part last year because of what Goodell has done, where the honest, objective NFL fan saw right through this framejob, but only because Kraft, at the last minute, decided to back Brady and fight it. He should have done that with Spygate, otherwise Deflategate never would have happened.

    It only happened because those involved knew Goodell could be used to execute it.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 13, 2017 11:23 AM

    Fans of all teams should be happy he has managed to stay on the field. The game is better if the best talent is out there competing.

    8 0

    Fans of all teams just want ALL teams to respect the rules of the game and not cheat. Brady and Belicheat are not adhering to that so would you expect any other treatment if the situation were reversed. I can only imagine the torrent of tears were things reversed considering the entitled crybabies supporting the Cheats.

  31. tylawspick6 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:31 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 13, 2017 11:23 AM
    Fans of all teams should be happy he has managed to stay on the field. The game is better if the best talent is out there competing.

    8 0

    Fans of all teams just want ALL teams to respect the rules of the game and not cheat. Brady and Belicheat are not adhering to that so would you expect any other treatment if the situation were reversed. I can only imagine the torrent of tears were things reversed considering the entitled crybabies supporting the Cheats.

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    The Pittsburgh Cheats have cheated, factually, not in some fairy tale way Goodell framed the Pats for.

    1. Roids
    2. Cap cheats
    3. Tripping players during live game action, affecting the outcome of the game.

    If NE had cheated, Paul Tagliabue would have discovered it during 2000-2005.

    This is very simple.

    Since 2006 with corrupt Goodell at the helm cheating from his perch on Park Ave in NY, NE has a better winning% and more SB appearances, than they did from 2000-2005.

    Eat it all day long, little Millennial.

  32. mmack66 says: Jun 13, 2017 11:52 AM

    savethebs says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:28 AM

    Starting to hear from this guy more than Archie Manning. He seems very concerned with his son’s health doesn’t he?
    ———————-

    Most parents are concerned with the health of their children.

    I’d rather hear from this guy than Archie Manning, any day.

  33. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 13, 2017 12:00 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jun 13, 2017 10:48 AM

    There’s a different point here. The reason the haters care so much about this is because they want Brady to be diagnosed with concussions so he has to sit out of games or they want him to be caught failing to report concussions so he has to sit out games. They want a chance for their team to be the Patriots.

    There’s no other reason to care. Otherwise, if Brady is hiding concussions that the teams medical staff, his own doctors and independent spotters and neurologists have not noticed then that only impacts his personal long term well being, which I don’t think the haters are too concerned about.

    To your point though, obviously there hasn’t been anything too severe, or someone would have noticed.

    ——————————————
    Yup. If he had a concussion… we would know. It would be that obvious when you watch him play. And if we would know… so would the team.

    The team would have no reason to keep him out of the protocol if he had a concussion. They know that like the GOAT, Jimmy Garoppolo is also not too shabby at this QB thing in the NFL. 🙂

  34. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jun 13, 2017 12:06 PM

    The Pittsburgh Cheats have cheated, factually, not in some fairy tale way Goodell framed the Pats for.

    1. Roids
    2. Cap cheats
    3. Tripping players during live game action, affecting the outcome of the game.

    If NE had cheated, Paul Tagliabue would have discovered it during 2000-2005.

    This is very simple.

    Since 2006 with corrupt Goodell at the helm cheating from his perch on Park Ave in NY, NE has a better winning% and more SB appearances, than they did from 2000-2005.

    Eat it all day long, little Millennial.


    Preach!

    Bradshaw himself admitted on a national radio show that he and his Steelers were steroid users during their 70’s championship years, tainting their first 4 championships due to cheating. He even said – quote – “What I did was wrong”. No reason to say that if cheating didn’t happen.

    As for their other two, Dr Rydze tainted one and the other one, even though it was not cheating, was still handed to them by the refs. Of course if we hear that the ref was paid off – and I believe there’s a decent chance of that – then that too will be cheating. Pittsburgh Stealers cheaty cheat cheat. 😀

  35. mmack66 says: Jun 13, 2017 12:08 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 11:04 AM

    What the phone Ted Wells had repeatedly examined and told Brady he had zero need to see again? That phone?

    That the league sandbagged Brady by making it a national emergency acting like it had never been examined after Wells told him it was fine to get rid of it?

    That phone?
    ————————-

    Ted Wells never took possession of Brady’s phone, so what phone are you referring to?

    If he had, Goodell wouldn’t have been able to lie about it at the appeal hearing.

  36. idiedpretty says: Jun 13, 2017 12:21 PM

    To all Pats haters, including me. Move on from Deflategate. Tammy did the crime and paid the time. We all know the Pats are serial cheaters. That will never change and their rings are tainted because of it. The NFL is watching them hard, waiting for them to mess up again.

  37. tootitan says: Jun 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    “It’s a topic that’s inflammatory,” Brady Sr. said. “It’s a hot-button issue, so if somebody alludes to something, it’s going to be blown up whether it’s a big deal or not.”

    Phew! How’d you like to have this passive aggressive bozo for your father-in-law?!?!

  38. tootitan says: Jun 13, 2017 12:41 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Jun 13, 2017 10:09 AM
    Please stop saying Belicheat, its very hurtful to us Die Hard Pats fans.
    _______
    Please stop saying “Belicheat,” it’s very hurtful to us fragile, insecure Pats fans.

  39. fjw2 says: Jun 13, 2017 12:43 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:

    Fans of all teams just want ALL teams to respect the rules of the game and not cheat. Brady and Belicheat are not adhering to that so would you expect any other treatment if the situation were reversed.

    —————-

    Please point to the NFL rule that requires any player to self-report that they might have incurred a concussion. I won’t be waiting for your reply because I already know that there isn’t one. Even if Brady did get concussed he was never under any obligation to tell a soul about it.

    It is up to the NFL officials and team trainers to decide when to administer a concussion screening test. There were none suspected and no screening tests were performed. If the team and officials were all unaware of any possible concussions how were they supposed to report them to the league?

    Go look under some other rocks to support your fictional “cheater” conspiracy theories.

  40. It should read"the triumphant return of Lemmy Akyadis" says: Jun 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    tootitan says:
    Jun 13, 2017 12:41 PM
    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Jun 13, 2017 10:09 AM
    Please stop saying Belicheat, its very hurtful to us Die Hard Pats fans.
    _______
    Please stop saying “Belicheat,” it’s very hurtful to us fragile, insecure Pats fans.

    Sadly you bought into the lie that Randy is a Pats fan.

  41. bullcharger says: Jun 13, 2017 12:59 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 13, 2017 11:23 AM
    Fans of all teams should be happy he has managed to stay on the field. The game is better if the best talent is out there competing.
    8 0
    Fans of all teams just want ALL teams to respect the rules of the game and not cheat. Brady and Belicheat are not adhering to that so would you expect any other treatment if the situation were reversed. I can only imagine the torrent of tears were things reversed considering the entitled crybabies supporting the Cheats.

    ——————–

    But they are adhering to the rules.

    There were no concussions reported by the NFL medical team or spotters. If Brady didn’t push the issue after he was cleared by doctors because he wants to play then that is what every player does. They want to be on the field and if they are cleared they are going to play.

    There is zero reason for you to say they weren’t adhering to the rules other than blind hatred.

  42. ibillwt says: Jun 13, 2017 2:39 PM

    It’s the friggin Globe for god’s sake! Don’t act like they quoted Brady’s father accurately to start with. They write the story, then tweak the facts to comply.l

  43. mark0226 says: Jun 15, 2017 3:52 AM

    I think Mr and Mrs Brady concocted this whole thing up, so Tom can play with a chip on his shoulder again.

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