Tom Brady would prefer not to change helmets, but knows it’s a rule

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Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is not the only NFL star who’s being forced to change helmets this season. Just the only one who’s threatening to quit football over it.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has also been forced to change helmets this season as the NFL eliminates certain helmet models that haven’t passed the rigorous safety testing that the league requires. But while Brady, like Brown, feels that his old helmet was comfortable and effective, he’s not going to fight the league over it.

“I’ve been experimenting with a couple different ones and I don’t really love the one I’m in, but I don’t really have much of a choice so I’m doing the best I can to work with it,” Brady said on WEEI. “My last helmet, I wore in four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me, and I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they said to do, so I’m dealing with it and working with something else.”

Brady’s response is the only rational one: Players are free to have their preferences, but ultimately the NFL and the NFL Players Association got together and set a standard for helmet safety, and if a player’s preferred model doesn’t make the cut, then that player has to change helmets. Whether applied to Brady, Brown or anyone else, the rule makes sense, and players need to accept it if they’re going to keep playing in the NFL.

26 responses to “Tom Brady would prefer not to change helmets, but knows it’s a rule

  1. Brady had actually joked about possible stand-off if he is not allowed to keep his old helmet. Looks like Brown took this joke as a real thing and run with it.

  2. When my firstborn was 2 he tried throwing tantrums on the floor to get his way.
    So my wife and I would leave the room every time.
    A couple of days later my child learned it was ineffective.

    Let’s leave AB alone, please. There is no confusion to sort through here.

  3. LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.

  4. Considering how badly NE has been cheated since Goodell came into the league hired by the Jets organization, they dot every I and cross every T and have since Framegate I.

    Antonio Brown, however, thinks he’s above the league as do a lot of the Steelers and other AFC teams who are protected by Goodell to help them try to beat NE.

  5. It was the Jets, Goodell’s former employer, that started the fantasy of the Patriots “cheating.” Despite no evidence of any wrongdoing, the myth persists. It’s kept alive by jealousy and the bandwagon rabble. However, this story is just another example of NE doing things the right way like they always do…

  6. steelerfanjo says:

    August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am

    LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.

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    He was never married to another woman other than Gisele and lets face it, you and i don’t really know what happened with Bridget M.

  7. LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.
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    Hahaha. You did get one part right he is the single worst thing to ever happen to the Steelers. Going for 7 this year Pats!!!

  8. Im pretty sure I read Aaron Rogers also had to make the change this year. Like Brady Im sure he didnt like it either, but he too has done it without the tantrum.

  9. Tom brady goes by the rules.
    Antonio Brown believes he should be able to to whatever he wants, or threatens.
    Happens everyday across America, but people dont dare speak out.
    Its all in the demographics

  10. Not a fan of either player but on the field I think they are both great. Toms obviously the goat and A.B. is a stud when he is not getting in his own way.

    Tom is basically saying grow up A.B. It is just a helmet.

  11. Thank you AB! Your antics keep NE off the preseason headlines. Try as they might to bring Tom Brady into it, you can’t really top frost burning your feet, ON PURPOSE!

  12. >>>Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.<<<

    I don't know about that but he's probably the single worst thing to ever happen to the Steelers.

  13. I would say that all players who have success in certain equipment try to stick with it. It’s just how athletes are. However, acknowledging you have to switch to safer equipment and moving on with it is part of what athletes have to do. The big difference between Brown and Brady isn’t their feeling about the helmet. That is incredibly similar. The big difference is that Brown said that he is taking his ball and going home if he doesn’t get his way and Brady is moving on and playing with the new helmet. Filing a grievance is fine, but why threaten to quit?

  14. steelerfanjo says:
    August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am
    LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.

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    Your team’s coach attempted to trip a player on a return play. There has never been a bigger example of poor sportsmanship and cheating in the entire history of the NFL.

  15. steelerfanjo says:
    August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am
    LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.

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    Ask the players if Brady is wimpy. They all think he’s tough. Go find the video of Dumervil’s big hit on Brady. Brady gets up before Dumervil. No question the newer rules help all QBs stay on the field which is good for the NFL, as has been proven by the unprecedented success of the league, but Brady is a 42 year old playing in the NFL. He still takes more hits in a game than any fan has in their whole life. Questioning his toughness is idiocy.

    He is the single best thing to happen to the league in terms of it’s success.

  16. SWFLPC.INC says:
    August 12, 2019 at 10:45 am
    steelerfanjo says:
    August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am
    LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.

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    Your team’s coach attempted to trip a player on a return play. There has never been a bigger example of poor sportsmanship and cheating in the entire history of the NFL.

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    I’m no fan of the Patriots, matter of fact I hate them…Haters gonna hate right? Its only because they are so good though….But this….This…Every team tries to cheat rules here and there, no team is alone here, but when Tomlin tried to trip the return man that is about the worst I have ever seen. At the end of the day they would have still awarded the TD, but the fact he even attempted it.

  17. brady is just a qb. its an un athletic position. mr big chest is an athlete that plays a dangerous position. so why even ask brady

  18. gronknation says:
    August 12, 2019 at 11:00 am
    brady is just a qb. its an un athletic position. mr big chest is an athlete that plays a dangerous position. so why even ask brady

    With Brady being as unathletic as he is and as slow as he is, it would make more sense for him to be better protected seeing how there are guys who are more athletic, faster, stronger, and paid to destroy a QB are looking to plow into him. Brown being as shifty as he is, has a greater chance of dodging the big hit, except the one from Burfict that seems to have a lasting impression on him.

  19. I am no fan of the Patriots, but I will give props to Brady here for just letting it go. There are other things more important in life, especially when he’s in his twilight years, to stress or worry about. He knows that he’s all about business and whining about a helmet will just stop him from his ultimate objective. I hope that Wentz can do the same thing. FLY EAGLES FLY.

  20. steelerfanjo says:
    August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am
    LOL… greatest headline in PFT history. Brady knows nothing about rules unless his cheating team is breaking them, he knows he was married to another women when he started with Giselle, and his whimpy self has changed the NFL rule so QB’s can’t be touched. Tom Brady is the single worst thing to ever happen to NFL.
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    Nah just the Steelers. 🙂

    Imagine that. The mighty Steelers and their fans pounded their chests all these years about 6 rings and having the most rings… an accomplishment singlehandedly made moot by Tom Brady, the man who all intelligent football fans in existence consider the greatest quarterback to ever grace an NFL football field with his presence. WOW! 🙂

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