Tom Brady: I understand risks of our game, don’t know what the future is going to look like

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While Gisele Bundchen worries about the long-term health of her husband, Tom Brady doesn’t fear for the future. In an interview that will air this weekend, the Patriots quarterback accepts the risks that come with playing football.

I’m not oblivious to them,” Brady tells CBS Sunday Morning, via the Associated Press. “I mean, I understand the risks that, you know, come with the physical nature of our game.”

Bundchen told CBS This Morning in May that Brady has unreported concussions. Brady, who played all 12 regular-season games he was eligible to play last season and has not missed a game because of injury since tearing knee ligaments in 2008, said in the offseason that Bundchen would prefer he retire.

“I do want to go out on my terms,” Brady said. “I do want go out playing my best.”

CBS Sunday Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell interviewed Brady multiple times, according to the network. She asked him about the research paper published finding that 110 of 111 brains of NFL players studied had the degenerative brain disease CTE.

“I don’t know what the future is going to look like, you know, and I’m not going to pretend to predict it,” Brady says. “And I’m going to do everything I can to take care of my body in advance of the, you know, of the hits that I’m going to take on Sunday.”

48 responses to “Tom Brady: I understand risks of our game, don’t know what the future is going to look like

  1. Be a cop, fireman, Fisherman, construction worker and any other of the far more dangerous jobs that make less per year than most Football players make in one game. Nobody is forcing these guys to play.

  2. CottonWeary says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Pedestrian QB at this point

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    Yes, real “pedestrian”. 8 months ago he showed why he is the greatest QB ever, with the greatest single big game comeback in NFL history, and all of a sudden he becomes “pedestrian” putting up 27 points in 3 qtrs without his best WR at hand.

    Sound, sound logic, little Millennial.

    PS Brady loves to read stuff like this pasted to his locker before games. Enjoy the game Sunday.

    lmao

  3. “I don’t know what the future is going to look like, you know, and I’m not going to pretend to predict it,” Brady says.

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    I think Brady is just being coy because it’s obvious that his future career will be as a powerful politician.

  4. I have always believed there is a succession plan in place. He said he wants to go out on his terms while he is the best.When he hoists another Lombardi at the end of this season he will walk away as the GOAT. Both he and Garoppolo share the same agent.

  5. CottonWeary says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Pedestrian QB at this point
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    There’s plenty of players in Atlanta whose opinion would differ. Brady had the dirt shoveled in on him after a game against KC in ’14 as well. How did that work out?

  6. Three years of good football would put him ahead of most of Peyton’s records, including Passing yards and passing TDs. Given his ultra-competitive nature, that’s my guess when he’ll hang it up.

  7. “He’s the biggest man I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t want to fight him.”
    “That is why no one will remember your name.”

  8. boz4commish says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Three years of good football would put him ahead of most of Peyton’s records, including Passing yards and passing TDs. Given his ultra-competitive nature, that’s my guess when he’ll hang it up.
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    He doesn’t have a need need to break any of those meaningless records. Except for Dan Marino and stats geeks, who even remembers such trivialities?

  9. mmack66 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm
    boz4commish says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    Three years of good football would put him ahead of most of Peyton’s records, including Passing yards and passing TDs. Given his ultra-competitive nature, that’s my guess when he’ll hang it up.
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    He doesn’t have a need need to break any of those meaningless records. Except for Dan Marino and stats geeks, who even remembers such trivialities?

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    I don’t know about that. Passing yard and passing TD records are pretty meaningful. If Brady passed everyone in those categories too it would basically make them the trivialities. I highly doubt he will pass Brees, because Brees doesn’t want to stop either, but who knows what will happen.

  10. flviking says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    Happy wife, happy life. This is his last year. He is starting to talk more about not playing than playing.

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    Don’t forget Brady sat out a year in 2008. He knows he’s not Superman anymore as soon as he’s not a football player. He would only be Clark Kent. He will milk it as long as he can play.

  11. murph2432 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    I don’t think he is finished at all but Father Time can come at any moment.

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    Everyone likes to say “father time” over and over again like it’s witty and original.

    It’s a cliché! Of course if you keep predicting that someone will get too old to play football it will eventually come true. It doesn’t mean you should bore everyone with that drivel.

    Brady can still play. Lets just watch him do it instead of continuing to predict his demise one minute after he won a Super Bowl for the ages.

  12. bullcharger says:
    September 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I don’t know about that. Passing yard and passing TD records are pretty meaningful.
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    Not really. Brady already has a record as a QB that will never be broken, and that is 5 Super Bowl rings. A 6th Super Bowl ring would just be a lagniappe.

  13. From the Pats point of view, losing the opener is bitter sweet. Sucks to lose, but teams are more likely to let their guard down and the undefeated pressure is off. I’m a little more scared of them now than I was last week, and if you’ve been watching this game as long as I have, you probably agree.

  14. CottonWeary says:
    September 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Pedestrian QB at this point
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    You can only hope.

    Talk to me in December.

  15. Everyone likes to say “father time” over and over again like it’s witty and original.

    It’s a cliché! Of course if you keep predicting that someone will get too old to play football it will eventually come true. It doesn’t mean you should bore everyone with that drivel.

    Brady can still play. Lets just watch him do it instead of continuing to predict his demise one minute after he won a Super Bowl for the ages.

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    Father Time will get you too! You don´t mess with Father Time.

  16. elrock7 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    no team will ever let their guard down against them.
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    That’s been true since 2001.

  17. There you go again Pats fans. I told you months that you would lose your first game, many more too come by the way. You guys are no different than the Eagles back a few years ago with the nobody can beat us attitude. I told you before you are beginning your decline. Get used too it. Nothing you can do about it. It’s inevitable!!!

  18. His biggest challenge now is realizing his feet are slow, plus he has to step into heaving it 50 yrs. That leaves too much of a window for blisters to beat him to the ground.

  19. That’s all well and good Tom, but next week your wife will probably go on some TV show and announce that you won’t be playing anymore after this season.

  20. The GOAT has nothing to prove, his only competition was Bradshaw and Montana, whom he buried in the 4th quarter against Seattle SB 49. Then doing what he did in SB 51 has never and will never be again. He’s just in a completely separate category beyond comparison.

  21. subprimeloansco says:
    September 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.
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    So does Peyton Manning – all except in the uber-important Postseason where every single record is owned by Brady, and most of them by a country mile. The 3 big differences between these 3 elite QBs are:
    1) that Brees and Peyton played mostly indoors on teams mostly built around the deep passing game, whereas that won’t work so well outside in the cold windy snow.
    2) Brady’s early teams were more about defenses and lately about balance, and west-coasting, with only a few of the middle years where they sometimes experimented with being more like Brees’ and Manning’s teams. And they found the same problem that Brees and Manning found – that without balance and defense you can overpower weak teams and monster the stats but you’ll usually struggle badly against top teams in the playoffs.
    3) Because of the more nuanced and varied gameplans over the years Brady learned to be more of a tactician than the other two. Not that the others aren’t, just that Brady is more so. Brady will happily hand off 100 times a game against a team with a bad run-D, or throw a ball away to save the clock rather than make 1 yard, because he doesn’t care about stats, just wins. And that is at least partly why he has as more SB rings than Manning, Brees, Rodgers, and Wilson combined.

  22. So live a life where I get to make millions playing the game I love while going down as one of the greatest QBs/players/athletes ever and possibly having health issues when I’m older or dying maybe in my late 60s or living a life as some regular schlub working a 50k, 40+ hour a week job but staying alive until I’m in my late 80s, dealing with regular issues with aging while I live on my meagre savings and have to rely on government handouts. What a tough choice!

  23. subprimeloansco says:
    September 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.

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    like
    manning, brees’s ego got completely out of control looking for stats at the loss of the team’s goal which was winning games.

    not impressed

    brady owns them both

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    subprimeloansco says:
    September 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.

    4 7 Rate This

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    like
    manning, brees’s ego got completely out of control looking for stats at the loss of the team’s goal which was winning games.

    not impressed

    brady owns them both

    OK. Simple question for you. Why does Brady still play if not for stats? Money? Nope. Fame? Nope. It’s vanity, meaning records. He’s chasing stats. He’s chasing records. Period.

  25. Just a couple of years before retirement Peytons offence produced the most gaudy numbers in history. Time caught up quick. You never ever heard him deluding himself by announcing that he thought he could play until 50. If he had, he would’ve said “I plan to play until 50. SB50.

  26. To those predicting the patriots decline

    They won the SB last year – if they lose in the AFCCG or SB this year, will you be in here pointing to your incredibly accurate prediction?

  27. Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.

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    Greatness is best measured by what you do in the big moments when the lights are the brightest. Some shrink in those moments (P. Manning) while others reach heights that they alone can claim as their own (Brady).

  28. OK. Simple question for you. Why does Brady still play if not for stats? Money? Nope. Fame? Nope. It’s vanity, meaning records. He’s chasing stats. He’s chasing records. Period.
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    LMAO. Dumbest post of the century. Brady lives for one thing – football. He eats, sleeps and breathes football. He wants to go as long as he can for one reason — he freakin LOVES it.

  29. Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.
    ——————————
    So does Peyton Manning – all except in the uber-important Postseason where every single record is owned by Brady, and most of them by a country mile. The 3 big differences between these 3 elite QBs are:
    1) that Brees and Peyton played mostly indoors on teams mostly built around the deep passing game, whereas that won’t work so well outside in the cold windy snow.
    2) Brady’s early teams were more about defenses and lately about balance, and west-coasting, with only a few of the middle years where they sometimes experimented with being more like Brees’ and Manning’s teams. And they found the same problem that Brees and Manning found – that without balance and defense you can overpower weak teams and monster the stats but you’ll usually struggle badly against top teams in the playoffs.
    3) Because of the more nuanced and varied gameplans over the years Brady learned to be more of a tactician than the other two. Not that the others aren’t, just that Brady is more so. Brady will happily hand off 100 times a game against a team with a bad run-D, or throw a ball away to save the clock rather than make 1 yard, because he doesn’t care about stats, just wins. And that is at least partly why he has as more SB rings than Manning, Brees, Rodgers, and Wilson combined.
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    Not to mention that Brady is by far the most under payed QB in the league, and the best part is that it’s by his own choice. He is a true team player and he knows the key to a long career having the best players he can get around him. I’m no Pats fan, but I am a big Tom Brady fan. This man is a warrior. Not saying that I think football and championships should be more important that the future of his health and his family, but I certainly do admire it. I very much admire it.

  30. The Pats have a habit of throwing in a real stinkeroo, usually in the early season, at which point the haters come up from mom and dad’s basement and scream their joy, and the following week the Pats are BACK with a vengeance and the haters promptly skedaddle back into the basement.

    Personally I hope they win #6 this year and 2 weeks later Brady quietly retires – go out on top.

  31. CBS Sunday Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell interviewed Brady multiple times, according to the network. She asked him about the research paper published finding that 110 of 111 brains of NFL players studied had the degenerative brain disease CTE.

    Man CBS just used a fake study. Newsflash the study is not accurate at all. You are not allowed to cherry-pick evidence or test subjects if you want a “scientifically accurate” study.
    The study only utilized brains of individuals believed to have brain damage.
    Why is this? Because the regulations stipulate that an unbiased and random sample pool is needed to make accurate claims. You also have to reach a certain threshold of subjects. For political polls the standard is at least 2500 or else the poll is technically not true. And the creators of said poll or study have to say so in the fine print. The reason for this is statisticians used some complex algorithms and formulas to come up with a number that is able to be applied to the population as a whole to reflect a true national probability of what Americans will do.

    Now in order to make the study more accurate. Up the sample size and take random samples. This means do not only select brains suspected of having brain damage. These measures will help make the study more accurate.

    But all of this ignores the fundamental problem of said procedure. The size of of the NFL community is extremely small. The amount of NFL players is between 1696 and 2032 (depending on practice squad size) during the regular season
    and 2880 during training camp. Now do you count players who only participated in training camp? And what about the fact that the game has changed drastically. The NFL today is nothing like the NFL in the 1940s-1980s. Since the 1990s the players have been getting bigger and stronger. They also play more games today and have different equipment. So all these variable factors make it too difficult to conduct an accurate study.

  32. subprimeloansco says:
    September 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Drew Brees has more records than Brady. You would never know it by the announcers drooling over the GOAT all the time, but it is true.

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    This is not even remotely true- Brady has way more records than Brees. Brady has more post season record alone than Brees has regular season records. I love Brees but lets get real here.

    Not that any of that means anything to Brady

  33. No…the biggest difference is that Brady has the best coach in history while the other elite QBs mostly played for journeymen coaches.

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    streetyson says:
    September 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    So does Peyton Manning – all except in the uber-important Postseason where every single record is owned by Brady, and most of them by a country mile. The 3 big differences between these 3 elite QBs are:
    1) that Brees and Peyton played mostly indoors on teams mostly built around the deep passing game, whereas that won’t work so well outside in the cold windy snow.
    2) Brady’s early teams were more about defenses and lately about balance, and west-coasting, with only a few of the middle years where they sometimes experimented with being more like Brees’ and Manning’s teams. And they found the same problem that Brees and Manning found – that without balance and defense you can overpower weak teams and monster the stats but you’ll usually struggle badly against top teams in the playoffs.
    3) Because of the more nuanced and varied gameplans over the years Brady learned to be more of a tactician than the other two. Not that the others aren’t, just that Brady is more so. Brady will happily hand off 100 times a game against a team with a bad run-D, or throw a ball away to save the clock rather than make 1 yard, because he doesn’t care about stats, just wins. And that is at least partly why he has as more SB rings than Manning, Brees, Rodgers, and Wilson combined.

  34. If it wasn’t for the 2 biggest chokes in football history Brady wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl since midway through the Bush administration. In both comebacks they were losing in part because of Brady’s poor play and he couldn’t do much until the opposing defense was either hurt or worn out.

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    ibillwt says:
    September 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm
    The GOAT has nothing to prove, his only competition was Bradshaw and Montana, whom he buried in the 4th quarter against Seattle SB 49. Then doing what he did in SB 51 has never and will never be again. He’s just in a completely separate category beyond comparison.

  35. manning, brees’s ego got completely out of control looking for stats at the loss of the team’s goal which was winning games.

    not impressed

    brady owns them both
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    Brees is 3-1 vs Brady

    Average margin of victory in the 3 wins – 18.33 points.

    Brees’ stats – 64-101, 959 yards, 10 touchdowns, 1 int, 123.3 QB rating.

    .. I would say none of the wins are meaningful, but Brees whipped Brady in 2009, the year he won his only Super Bowl. The Saints were 10-0 at the time.

    Brady clearly does NOT own Brees. Not by any definition of the word.

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