Tom Brady stands by his “very old helmet,” which NFL will soon prohibit

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The NFL has prohibited players from wearing certain helmet models that did not perform well in safety testing, and one of those models is the one Tom Brady has worn for years. But Brady isn’t giving his helmet up easily.

Brady says he’s going to take advantage of the NFL’s grandfather policy that will allow players who wore the Riddell VSR-4 helmet in 2017 to wear it again in 2018. He says he likes the helmet, he’s comfortable with it, and doesn’t want to give it up.

“It’s a good thing. They’re trying to find helmets the players will wear that will absorb force better. I think that’s a positive,” Brady said, via ESPN. “I still wear a very old helmet, probably out of habit. You talk about behavioral changes are hard; I’ve tried new helmets and I’m like, ‘Doesn’t work, get that out of here!’ You just have to get comfortable with it.”

Although no new players will be allowed to use the helmet model, Brady is allowed to keep wearing it this season, and he will. For a player who’s conscious of his health, it’s a curious choice.

97 responses to “Tom Brady stands by his “very old helmet,” which NFL will soon prohibit

  1. Wonder how this can be sounds by haters… Got it!

    The old Riddell helmet is the only one that has enough room for his two headsets. One standard one that communicates with Josh McDaniels. The other that allows expert Madden player Ernie Adams to literally tell Brady where to throw the ball during the play.

  2. There’s probably incriminating evidence in it. I bet he destroys it once the league asks to see it.

  3. So a device that was once considered not only safe but adequate protection is now illegal?

    NFl is like NE weather. Don’t like it, wait 5 minutes. More like if you haven’t read an article that finds a (not so) subtle way to get in a dig at Brady, wait a few seconds.

    If this hat was unsafe, do players now have a case for a CA suit?

  4. I think you have pegged Brady wrong. He’s more likely to trust his own opinion on what keeps him safe. Also, the reason he is health conscious is to continue playing football, not so he can grow old without a head injury.

  5. He is worried about his health, gotta remember he is a qb playing by flag football rules…no touching

  6. Hopefully the next helmet makes him look like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs & The Dork that he is!

  7. Effthecheatweaseltrolls says:
    May 3, 2018 at 6:29 am
    So a device that was once considered not only safe but adequate protection is now illegal?

    NFl is like NE weather. Don’t like it, wait 5 minutes. More like if you haven’t read an article that finds a (not so) subtle way to get in a dig at Brady, wait a few seconds.

    If this hat was unsafe, do players now have a case for a CA suit?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Question 1: Yes, and here’s the reasoning… in the past, helmets were designed to protect the skull, not the brain… and there’s a huge difference.

    Question 2: No, and here’s that reasoning… there’s been no wrongdoing (that we know of). Each generation of helmets has been at the fore of technology that was current at the time. As technology has evolved, so have helmets… much like automobiles, for instance. Today’s rides are thousands-percent safer than the big boats of the past. The only times there has been any legal recourse is when automakers knew they were selling something unsafe. The only one that jumps to mind immediately is the first generation Ford Pinto, which would burst into flames when rear-ended. Ford knew it but their bean counters determined it would be cheaper to payout on those that killed people than to recall all of them. Profits before people.

  8. Maybe he’s afraid they’ll put a chip in the helmet and find out he’s being fed the other teams defensive signals.

  9. Brady doesn’t need a better helmet, he knows that if a defender looks at him he’s going to get a 15 yard penalty. Why wear a helmet you find uncomfortable when you don’t get hit because touching you is a penalty?

  10. When you take a sport/career seriously and go through the rhythm year in and year out to be one of the best in the league, you need as few distractions as possible. He has tried a different helmet in 2012, hated it, and lost all the games he wore it. When you take it as seriously as he does, even with being health conscious the slight additional risk is worth the familiarity level. These players put their bodies on the line every game with reckless abandon so a health risk that isn’t even tangible isn’t going to be worth being thrown off by your equipment being different than what you’re used to.

  11. If this was just a headline about the league changing an equipment rule, there’d be no clicks. But throw Brady in there, and presto!

    Kudos on making it sound as if he’s trying to be defiant. EVERY individual who played in the league last year and is not already wearing a helmet on the approved list, must switch to one by next season. That’s all that’s happening. Brady isn’t trying to make a statement or defy authority.

  12. Superstition is the crutch of a weak mind. I previously read that the times in the past he wore a different model helmet he had a mediocre game and decided to go back to his old school one. Ah, the arrogant, superstitious mind, it wasn’t the play of the other teams defense in those games that made him play sub-par, it was the different helmet! Give me a break.

  13. His old helmet still looks better than those hats Cam Newton wears to press conferences…

  14. psljax says:
    May 3, 2018 at 6:36 am
    He is worried about his health, gotta remember he is a qb playing by flag football rules…no touching

    ————–

    That’s such a nonsense narrative. There are rules that make it safer for QBs. No question. However, they still get smoked. Brady has taken some very hard hits from Seattle, Denver and Atlanta and he still got back up and played well. He’s way tougher than so many QBs.

  15. Wearing new safety equipmemt, that is uncomfortable, would drive his attention to the helmet, and may make it less safe for him in other areas.

  16. Doolin Danger says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Superstition is the crutch of a weak mind. I previously read that the times in the past he wore a different model helmet he had a mediocre game and decided to go back to his old school one. Ah, the arrogant, superstitious mind, it wasn’t the play of the other teams defense in those games that made him play sub-par, it was the different helmet! Give me a break.

    —————–

    A guy makes the NFL as a 6th round draft pick, manages to rise to the very top of game in a position that is basically all about mental toughness and stay there for 17 years. Yep, that sounds like a guy who’s superstition gets the better of him and is mentally weak.

  17. ————–
    So a device that was once considered not only safe but adequate protection is now illegal?

    NFl is like NE weather. Don’t like it, wait 5 minutes. More like if you haven’t read an article that finds a (not so) subtle way to get in a dig at Brady, wait a few seconds.

    If this hat was unsafe, do players now have a case for a CA suit?
    —————

    It’s called evolving. It happens all the time in our society. Take a look at “safety” carseats from the 90s. At one point, they were deemed safe but then you undergo testing and researching and lean new things. There have been numerous drugs on the market that the FDA once approved. Then you learn new things. Get new informational and learn that it is not safe, thus you take action. Same case here. Researchers determined that this particular helmet was once safe. Then new details came about and they made new guidelines based on the new details.

    Surely you don’t want the NFL to keep allowing these helmets after learning they are not as safe, would you?

  18. The other that allows expert Madden player Ernie Adams to literally tell Brady where to throw the ball during the play.
    ———-
    LOL! Think about what you are saying. Plays last literally a second or two. Two seconds. One one thousand Two one thousand. I’d find it, with out a doubt completely impossible for two people of even super human intelligence and super human anticipation to share where one guy observes information then processes information and relays that information to another human (via audio only) and then have the second person process and then act on that information in abut 2 seconds. I think you’d get sacked on literally every passing play. You may as well float the idea that somehow Tom has already watched the game he’s currently playing in because even that impossibility would be more believable than the fantasy you are currently floating.

    I’m leaning towards Brady’s is just that great at preparation and has the best short to intermediate passer the NFL may ever see. He’s like a power pitcher mowing down batter after batter after batter. Legendary. I’m lucky to have gotten to see the entire historical career.

  19. No one’s allowed to touch Tommy Boy without a penalty anyways. So it’s okay.

  20. wow. so many commentators who have a lot of time on their hands. I can understand not liking him because he has been the best for a long time but so salty on here now.

  21. mj323 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:50 am
    Brady doesn’t need a better helmet, he knows that if a defender looks at him he’s going to get a 15 yard penalty. Why wear a helmet you find uncomfortable when you don’t get hit because touching you is a penalty?

    I guess stats that don’t bear this out aren’t worth checking. Try this, actually watch a NE game, then count the number of times Brady has to get of the ground. Then count the number of RTP flags.

  22. kennylc2015 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:30 am
    ————–
    So a device that was once considered not only safe but adequate protection is now illegal?

    NFl is like NE weather. Don’t like it, wait 5 minutes. More like if you haven’t read an article that finds a (not so) subtle way to get in a dig at Brady, wait a few seconds.

    If this hat was unsafe, do players now have a case for a CA suit?
    —————

    It’s called evolving. It happens all the time in our society. Take a look at “safety” carseats from the 90s. At one point, they were deemed safe but then you undergo testing and researching and lean new things. There have been numerous drugs on the market that the FDA once approved. Then you learn new things. Get new informational and learn that it is not safe, thus you take action. Same case here. Researchers determined that this particular helmet was once safe. Then new details came about and they made new guidelines based on the new details.

    Surely you don’t want the NFL to keep allowing these helmets after learning they are not as safe, would you?

    Ever notice that linemen, RBs & WRs all wear different pads? Different face masks? It’s positional. A player who is going to take a head shot 10-20 times a game vs a QB who maybe gets 2 or 3. Yes, I get the evolution thing and my comment was meant to be tongue in cheek. But just look at the number of comments that indicate Brady never takes a hit w/o a flag. This is statistically incorrect but there’s no shortage of folks piling on to the false narrative. I believe cognitive dissonance is the proper term.

  23. straighcashhomey says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:46 am

    wow. so many commentators who have a lot of time on their hands. I can understand not liking him because he has been the best for a long time but so salty on here now.
    ——————————————
    As the old saying goes – haters gotta hate! They hate us ’cause they ain’t us!

  24. Question 2: No, and here’s that reasoning… there’s been no wrongdoing (that we know of). Each generation of helmets has been at the fore of technology that was current at the time. As technology has evolved, so have helmets… much like automobiles, for instance. Today’s rides are thousands-percent safer than the big boats of the past. The only times there has been any legal recourse is when automakers knew they were selling something unsafe. The only one that jumps to mind immediately is the first generation Ford Pinto, which would burst into flames when rear-ended. Ford knew it but their bean counters determined it would be cheaper to payout on those that killed people than to recall all of them. Profits before people.

    Today’s cars are loaded with safety equipment, instilling a false sense of security so that we can now drive and text and eat breakfast and do our hair at the same time. It’s why I don’t just accept every new change as a betterment. Also, remember the Corvair? Remember how we all bought in to Ralph “Gadfly” Nader’s assertion that it was unsafe at any speed? As we evolved, we found out that was an overreaction, not a fact.

  25. x716199121 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 6:13 am
    Wonder how this can be sounds by haters… Got it!

    The old Riddell helmet is the only one that has enough room for his two headsets. One standard one that communicates with Josh McDaniels. The other that allows expert Madden player Ernie Adams to literally tell Brady where to throw the ball during the play.
    ======================
    And yet 2+ decades later the NFL frequency coordinators who sweep for illegal frequencies have somehow perplexingly continue to miss the illegal frequency in Brady’s helmet. Which is a fine supposition to throw out so long as we understand the same ineptitude holds true for every QB in the NFL.

  26. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:49 am
    Maybe he’s afraid they’ll put a chip in the helmet and find out he’s being fed the other teams defensive signals.
    ====================
    Understanding of course he’d be singled out from every other QB that could be doing the exact same thing.

  27. I’m breathlessly anticipating the story about what socks Brady will be wearing this season.

  28. mj323 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:50 am
    Brady doesn’t need a better helmet, he knows that if a defender looks at him he’s going to get a 15 yard penalty. Why wear a helmet you find uncomfortable when you don’t get hit because touching you is a penalty?
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    Tom Brady … the only QB in the NFL that benefits from the QB is fragile rule … rolleyes

  29. Doolin Danger says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Superstition is the crutch of a weak mind. I previously read that the times in the past he wore a different model helmet he had a mediocre game and decided to go back to his old school one. Ah, the arrogant, superstitious mind, it wasn’t the play of the other teams defense in those games that made him play sub-par, it was the different helmet! Give me a break.
    ===================
    Ummm … I’d take dealing with those mental deficiencies any day and twice on Tuesday given his track record. You would to and you know it. Everybody would.

  30. So tired of the second frequency nonsense. Flutie claimed to hear it coming from Brady’s helmet in the middle of a play. Somebody has yet to explain how that’s possible if Brady was wearing the helmet during said play. And if it was his idle backup helmet what’s the problem? People latch onto the silliest notions based on nothing more than hate or jealousy.

  31. x716199121 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 6:13 am
    Wonder how this can be sounds by haters… Got it!

    The old Riddell helmet is the only one that has enough room for his two headsets. One standard one that communicates with Josh McDaniels. The other that allows expert Madden player Ernie Adams to literally tell Brady where to throw the ball during the play.

    ————————-
    Yes I know you are joking around, but Ernie Adams probably is able to give input during games . But it channels through an assistant not directly to Brady (because multiple people talking to him at once would not be good). And why not? He is getting well paid so make him earn it every way he can. But as far as where to throw the ball on a given play if you watch Brady he does not need to be told that. He is one of the best defense readers I have ever seen.

  32. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:49 am
    Maybe he’s afraid they’ll put a chip in the helmet and find out he’s being fed the other teams defensive signals.
    ——————-
    That would just be needless noise to him. By game time he has watched every play that team has run and memorized every formation and what happens from it. By the time of the snap he has a minimum of an 80% idea what everyone is going to do sometimes a full 100%. Most other qbs do not do that (and even the few that put in the study dont have the level if recollection) which is a big part of what has set him above everyone as the GOAT. For all the physically gifted, accurately throwing, big armed, and/or game smart qbs that Belichick can draft and develop its this one thing about Brady that will be the hardest to find again.

  33. It’s amazing that a guy playing a game has ruined some many of #TheHaters’ lives over the years. These poor unfortunates hope live with only one hope year after year: that Brady’s skills will diminish or that he will retire…. The good news is someday it will happen guys….just not yet.

  34. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:

    May 3, 2018 at 8:30 am

    System QB sure is chatty as of late, isn’t he?

    ===========================

    What “system” is that anyway? Belichick is 18-19 as Pats HC when Brady isn’t starting. And several QBs had better years after leaving the Belichick led Pats (Bledsoe, Cassel, Jimmy G).

  35. I remember when Guy Lafleur was one of the last grandfathered holdouts when the NHL implemented mandatory helmets and thought he was nuts.

    Guess players just built up a familiarity with their equipment. It’s not like Brady’s helmet is unsafe – just that only there are now more safer ones.

  36. mj323 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:50 am
    Brady doesn’t need a better helmet, he knows that if a defender looks at him he’s going to get a 15 yard penalty. Why wear a helmet you find uncomfortable when you don’t get hit because touching you is a penalty?
    ———————————————–

    Really? I know half the fun of PFT is people trolling Pats fans, but the NE O-line hasn’t exactly been great in recent years and Brady gets hit pretty frequently – without drawing flags.

  37. He’s got nearly five months to get used to a new helmet. He just doesn’t want to. By the rules he’s not required to. This doesn’t seem like much of a story.

  38. Why is it such a curious choice ? He has played for 18 years and feels that helmet has protected him just fine. Its not like he is Troy Aikman who had the hell pounded out of him and had numerous serious concussions.

  39. Although no new players will be allowed to use the helmet model, Brady is allowed to keep wearing it this season, and he will. For a player who’s conscious of his health, it’s a curious choice.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No, it isn’t. Helmets are made to reduce/eliminate skull fractures and this model (and the rest of the approved ones) do that very well. The new helmet designs say they are better against concussions but that isn’t really a tangible claim. None of them can prevent the brain from slamming against the inside of the skull when momentum suddenly halts.

  40. brady has the same very old helmet; while manning has sold an average of 50 game-used helmets per year and a couple dozen more used in the super bowl. this calls for a league investigation of brady.

  41. To be fair Brady should sign a disclosure preventing him from making a claim in the concussion settlement. If he wants to continue to use a helmet more susceptible to concussion, fine. Just be aware you aren’t getting any money as a result of that decision.

  42. Doolin Danger says:
    May 3, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Superstition is the crutch of a weak mind. I previously read that the times in the past he wore a different model helmet he had a mediocre game and decided to go back to his old school one. Ah, the arrogant, superstitious mind, it wasn’t the play of the other teams defense in those games that made him play sub-par, it was the different helmet! Give me a break.

    =========================

    This isn’t Wade Boggs eating chicken before games or Turk Wendell brushing his teeth between innings, man, its related to comfort. His old helmet is broken in and fits a certain way that he likes. And aside from that, lots and lots of great athletes have weird routines that help them get into the right mental space to perform well, look at peak Tiger Woods and his Sunday red Nike shirt. I don’t think many would accuse him in his prime of having a “weak” performance mind.

  43. remizak says:
    May 3, 2018 at 9:07 am
    I’m breathlessly anticipating the story about what socks Brady will be wearing this season.

    ————————

    You people started it. We’ll finish it. See you in Atlanta.

  44. Someone please inform Brady that the new helmets come with new ‘state-of-the-art-rear-view mirrors’ for those special times when you are called to catch a game changing-over-the-shoulder-catch.

  45. .
    LOL someone said brady is TOUGH…. LOL…

    Yeah how many tough guys start crying to refs because a finger nail glanced his helmet.
    every time brady gets sacked he gets frazzled.
    dont think so?
    go rewatch them lose to the Giants.

  46. “Question 1: Yes, and here’s the reasoning… in the past, helmets were designed to protect the skull, not the brain… and there’s a huge difference.”
    __________________

    However, many still believe they’re on totally the wrong track with helmet technology and that even the newer helmets are at best marginally better than what they are replacing. Hard-sided helmets like the NFL uses are basically like 1950’s cars: indestructible on the outside but they allow force to travel through to what they’re supposed to be protecting. The newer helmets are a bit like putting airbags in a 1950’s car: safer than it was but not nearly as safe as a modern car with crumple zones.

    If protecting the brain was the only goal (as opposed to cool looks for marketing, etc.) they’d wear something that was disposable where the helmet took the majority of the force even at the expense of the helmet being totally destroyed. 9Think what modern cars look like after an accident.) It’d probably resemble a bicycle helmet more than the current NFL helmet and would need to be swapped out during the game as they were damaged. Such a helmet also would discourage players using the as weapons because they wouldn’t be hard shelled like the current ones are.

  47. Its easy to stick by an unsafe helmet when the league gives 15 yard penalties and first downs when someone so much as breathes on your upper body.

  48. Brady’s tech guys haven’t figured out how to get the receiver for the hacked DC radio signal into the new style of helmet.

  49. People that are incredibly driven, like Brady and other successful people, are creatures of habit. He’s had all of his success in that helmet. He’s probably afraid a new helmet will be too light or too heavy and affect his play negatively. His legacy is already etched in stone, so he shouldn’t resist this change too much.

  50. Brady is like many other older employees at an organization, stuck in his ways of doing things and resistant to changes.

  51. He can do what the Boston Garden did. The old parquet floor from the Boston Garden was moved into the new arena. Tom Brady can have do a similar transplant operation and have the veneer of his old helmet transplanted to the new helmet.

  52. This is news…I love it…..all the haters looking for one more thing to try and label the greatest franchise in the last 20 years with more rings and super bowl Appearances in that time span than any team… love it….

  53. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Brady is like many other older employees at an organization, stuck in his ways of doing things and resistant to changes.

    —–

    Good point. Your Jets have been stuck in the same way of doing things since 1969…..losing

  54. Someone please inform Brady that the new helmets come with new ‘state-of-the-art-rear-view mirrors’ for those special times when you are called to catch a game changing-over-the-shoulder-catch.
    ======

    You’ve won the internet today.

  55. nhpats says:
    May 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Brady is like many other older employees at an organization, stuck in his ways of doing things and resistant to changes.

    —–

    Good point. Your Jets have been stuck in the same way of doing things since 1969…..losing

    ——-

    #projection

  56. bobdumon says:
    May 3, 2018 at 7:21 am
    So much jealousy… so much hate. Love it.
    ————-

    No you don’t. Otherwise you wouldn’t be bothered enough to comment. You wouldn’t let us know you “love it”, you’d just sit back and enjoy the comments.

  57. Whats really funny here is every current player in the NFL was granted this grand father clause. But only Brady gets an article about how he was granted it. And you can see why. With 78 comments so fat this has nany times that in clicks so this is a nice little money maker. Oops, I just made it 79 comments.

  58. bspurloc says:
    May 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    .
    LOL someone said brady is TOUGH…. LOL…
    ———————

    Only an idiot would think he isn’t.

  59. trentdilfer08 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 6:39 am
    Hopefully the next helmet makes him look like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs & The Dork that he is!

    101 130 Rate This

    Let’s See…..Good Looking, GOAT Quarterback, beyond rich, and how can you forget supermodel wife……if this is being a dork, sign me up

  60. This is a story that isn’t a story. Click bait because it’s Brady.

    Where’s the article about other players choosing to be grandfathered in?

  61. I bet Cam Newton wishes he could get the Don’t touch Brady calls from the referees and get away with wearing an outdated helmet.

  62. Not a Pats homer.

    I think it’s Brady’s intelligence more than his toughness. I believe he’s seen a ton of film and from that he understands that there is a proper way to take a hit. That’s why I’ve seen guys like Dumervil get a clean shot at him and he’d get right up.

    Not all QBs know that and that’s why they don’t get up.

  63. bspurloc says:
    May 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    .
    LOL someone said brady is TOUGH…. LOL…
    ———————————
    Anyone that thinks Brady has never absorbed a beating should go talk to Vaughn Miller. He would love to hear your reasons why you think he had never laid a beating on Brady.

  64. Chill_Donahue says:
    May 3, 2018 at 9:37 am

    PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:

    May 3, 2018 at 8:30 am

    System QB sure is chatty as of late, isn’t he?

    ===========================

    What “system” is that anyway? Belichick is 18-19 as Pats HC when Brady isn’t starting. And several QBs had better years after leaving the Belichick led Pats (Bledsoe, Cassel, Jimmy G).

    ===============================
    Pat fan just can’t help themselves.

    As long as they keep responding, these takes will keep coming.

  65. The helmet has a very limited role in protecting a player like Brady who rarely scrambles outside the pocket or takes any hit where a quality difference in a helmet is going to matter. That’s why it’s more valuable for him to simply continuing to use one that is comfortable.

    Brady has made a career of making himself uncomfortable to make changes in his game, when the matter to his safety and performance.

  66. nevyn49 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Brady’s tech guys haven’t figured out how to get the receiver for the hacked DC radio signal into the new style of helmet.
    ===================================
    The Giants might know something a bit about that as well.

  67. Braz says:
    May 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Pat fan just can’t help themselves.

    As long as they keep responding, these takes will keep coming.

    ===============================
    There’s always Foles. He’s better anyway.

  68. Furioso says:
    May 3, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    I bet Cam Newton wishes he could get the Don’t touch Brady calls from the referees and get away with wearing an outdated helmet.
    =========================
    Not likely as long as his primary production comes from his legs.

  69. nevyn49 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Brady’s tech guys haven’t figured out how to get the receiver for the hacked DC radio signal into the new style of helmet.
    ====================
    And yet 2+ decades later the NFL frequency coordinators who sweep for illegal frequencies have somehow perplexingly continue to miss the illegal frequency in Brady’s helmet. Which is a fine supposition to throw out so long as we understand the same ineptitude holds true for every QB in the NFL.

  70. I cannot stand the sight of this dude’s helmet. I know it’s such a silly thing, but it sticks out like a sore thumb and just looks awful compared to all the upgraded ones everyone else has. Just another reason why I can’t stand Tom Brady and the Patriots.

  71. Can someone please show me the way to these new “concussion proof” helmets so I can grab a few for my kids playing youth football? As far as I know, there’s yet to be a helmet created that can defy physics (though there are some PSI gauges that apparently can – see Deflategate)

    There’s still only a single way of guaranteeing your mellon won’t get concussed from football, and that’s not to play. The NFL and these helmet companies can point to as many studies as they want, but physics is undefeated when it comes to concussions.

  72. no, the big difference is brady is just physically and mentally tougher. like strahan said, nobody else would have kept getting up and he doesn’t even give them the satisfaction of acknowledging the beating.

  73. If this were an anonymous player, I’d assume none of us would have an issue with him using the same helmet he’s been using for years. Never agreed with the NFL’s policy of policing uniforms at random, but when “player safety” rears its head, there’s no telling what they’ll outlaw next.

    I guess my point is this: if the NFL really wanted to reduce concussions, they’d quit trying to build better helmets and just take away (or reduce) the pads and give the guys leather helmets. Maybe we’d get more tackles and fewer human missiles.

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