Tom Brady must finally give up his helmet

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Linus and his blanket. Maggie and her pacifier. Tommy and his Riddell VSR-4 helmet.

One of those time-honored pairings of human and inanimate security objects will soon end.

As noted by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the time has come for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to finally give up his helmet of choice. Last year, he tried on several occasions to shift to a new motel, but he continued to retreat to the VSR-4, a model now deemed unacceptable by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Brady is one of 32 players who will have to give up helmets deemed unfit by the league.

Officially, Brady last wore the VSR-4 in Super Bowl LIII. Unofficially, he broke it out earlier this week, in a video during which Brady finds some leftover confetti, from one of his six Super Bowl wins.

If he wants to catch any more confetti after a Super Bowl win, he’ll need to do it in a new helmet.

28 responses to “Tom Brady must finally give up his helmet

  1. bigjdve says:
    April 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    If the player is willing to accept the risk, why make them change their helmet? Have them sign a waiver.

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    That’s not how unions work.

  2. They’ve survived this long with that model helmet, why make the players change? I’d say a good compromise would be to let players currently in the league keep using that model if they wish, they already know how hazardous the sport can be. Newer players to the league would not get that option.

  3. Defensive players aren’t allowed to touch him. What difference does it make if he wears a leather helmet?

  4. The NHL let a guy play without a helmet for 17 seasons when they started mandating that they be worn.

    Now the NFL won’t grandfather a dude wearing a helmet for another helmet.

    Ridiculous.

  5. When the NHL instituted mandatory helmets be worn by players and on-ice officials, they allowed existing players and refs to continue helmet optional until retirement. How about the same in the NFL? Active players keep what they choose until retirement. All rookies and beyond have to wear these new ones.

  6. sometimes you just have to shift to a new motel.

    But he’ll never need a new “model”. he’s already got the hottest one.

  7. The NFL is in CYA mode. There will be no waivers, grandfathered ins etc. I really can’t blame them on this, more CTE lawsuits are, most likely, just around the corner. I could see a lawyer getting ahold of a so called waiver, their argument would/could be the player already had the beginnings of CTE, and didn’t truly understand what they were signing.

  8. Those who know are laughing…ask any equipment manager and they will tell you there is no difference between a VSR-4 and a Speed.

  9. meet2x4 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    They’ve survived this long with that model helmet, why make the players change? I’d say a good compromise would be to let players currently in the league keep using that model if they wish, they already know how hazardous the sport can be. Newer players to the league would not get that option.

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    Except that they dont have to compromise. their rules. play by them or go home.

  10. “steelpenguin6687 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    The NFL is in CYA mode. There will be no waivers, grandfathered ins etc. I really can’t blame them on this, more CTE lawsuits are, most likely, just around the corner. I could see a lawyer getting ahold of a so called waiver, their argument would/could be the player already had the beginnings of CTE, and didn’t truly understand what they were signing.”

    Nail hit squarely on the head. Most of us haven’t realized that the rules changes these past few years in the NFL are being mandated because of all the lawsuits from former players alleging this and that wrong with the league. I don’t believe the NFL has tried to “sissify” the game with targeting rules, roughing the quarterback, defenseless players, etc., but it’s their reaction to now having to best cover their behinds in an attempt to preclude future lawsuits.

  11. Keep in mind that even his own wife admitted that in fact Brady has suffered concussions. How many, we don’t know. So it’s erroneous to claim that Brady has worn this particular helmet with no ill effects.

  12. Yes, the league has an acceptable helmet, but, you must wear this one acceptable helmet all year. If you were to wear a 2nd acceptable helmet, this would be unacceptable. #nothrowbacks

  13. It’s not the helmet that’s the issue it’s the padding that they need to work on. I’m sure the company can work on something to get it fixed to protect a living legend.

  14. This seems the NFL is most likely following the advice of an Insurance company. Insurance company rules and regulations control many aspects of our lives these days.

  15. thefiesty1 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 2:24 pm
    Defensive players aren’t allowed to touch him. What difference does it make if he wears a leather helmet?

    Every now and then, actually watch a game, with your eyes, not your little broken heart.

  16. Reporter asked Brady about the helmet switch in the upcoming year. Brady said he does not know yet what can he do about it and jokingly suggested a possible standoff …

  17. The VSR-4 provides less-obscured peripheral views to the left and right. There are some peripheral vision blockages with the newer Speed helmets that Brady hasn’t been comfortable with to this point.

  18. Too many people are surprised how Brady loves his motel and doesn’t want to switch… I’m far more surprised Bob Kraft goes to a run down strip mall for cheap rub-and-tugs.

    Guess everyone is thrifty in New England.

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