Tom Brady “absolutely” lets his sons play football, sees value in contact sports

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Tom Brady is a big believer in contact sports in general and football in particular, not just as an athlete but as a parent.

Asked by Howard Stern if he would allow his two sons to play football, Brady answered “Absolutely.” He then said he thinks contact sports are beneficial to children’s development.

“I think there’s something about contact sports that teaches you a lot about discipline, respect, mutual respect for your opponent, that you don’t get in non-contact sports,” Brady said. “If your body is taking a physical toll and punishment, you’ve got to respect your body because that’s your insulation, that’s your asset. You have to have even more respect for your body. Boxers, for example, MMA, wrestling, the contact sports are the ones where I think you learn the most discipline. Because you can’t perform unless you take great care of your body.”

Brady said that if he has any hesitation about his sons playing football, it’s only because he wouldn’t want them to feel pressured to follow in his footsteps.

“I would never want for them to be ‘Tom Brady’s son’ playing football,” Brady said.

But as far as any concerns about injuries, Brady says the greater concern is that they’d miss out on the lessons that contact sports can teach.

20 responses to “Tom Brady “absolutely” lets his sons play football, sees value in contact sports

  1. When did Tom Brady start playing a contact sport? (insert image of brady complaining to the nearest line/back judge/umpire after every legal hit here)

  2. Swimming would have been a better sport for his kids, Dad could show them how to dive and do the turtle.

  3. Brady benefited by playing a position and in era where the rules kept him for getting the worst of the contact in “contact sports.” Let’s see if he encourages his kid to be an offensive lineman, linebacker, or RB. Wouldn’t put my money on it.

  4. Good for him. I played soccer and there were bumps and bruises. My only concussions happened outside of sports – one was a fall at work and the other was from a poorly designed ride at Universal Studios in Florida where my head slammed into the seat back because the ride was designed to stop on a dime.

    Once you reduce life to the easiest, then we’ll all be fragile cupcakes with no immune systems and easy death candidates.

    Life is to be lived. Otherwise, what is the friggin point?

  5. Brady is much tougher than anyone here saying he’s never been hit or is soft. Fact. He’s the antithesis of soft..

    They also are not-so-suspiciously fans of teams he’s routinely destroyed. Fact #2.

    Now you may proceed as usual.

  6. Swimming would have been a better sport for his kids, Dad could show them how to dive and do the turtle.
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    Tom Brady has made multiple generations of haters dive for cover and turtle up inside their safe space shells.

  7. ikeclanton says:
    April 8, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Brady is much tougher than anyone here saying he’s never been hit or is soft. Fact. He’s the antithesis of soft..

    They also are not-so-suspiciously fans of teams he’s routinely destroyed. Fact #2.

    Now you may proceed as usual
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    Brady falls on the ground to avoid getting hit. How exactly does that translate to being tough?

  8. By the time his kids are old enough to play tackle football, it’ll be flag football instead.

  9. Well, there’s “contact”, then there’s “Tom Brady contact”.
    Is he teaching his kids how to turn and nod to the refs after taking a hit?

  10. mmmpierogi says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:44 am
    Brady benefited by playing a position and in era where the rules kept him for getting the worst of the contact in “contact sports.” Let’s see if he encourages his kid to be an offensive lineman, linebacker, or RB. Wouldn’t put my money on it.

    After your comment I now believe Tom Brady is the greatest athlete to ever play any sport. After all who else could jump right into the NFL at the age of 22 and be an all pro. You do realize he started playing college football at a big ten school in 1996 before there were any rules protecting the QB, and Im pretty sure he started playing high school football in 1992 before the were any rules. The only rule in place at that time was the intentional grounding while outside the pocket rule. The other rules protecting the QB were adopted in 2006 and 2009.

  11. “If your body is taking a physical toll and punishment, you’ve got to respect your body because that’s your insulation, that’s your asset. You have to have even more respect for your body. “
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    Well he wasn’t lying about the concussions that’s for sure with comments like these.

  12. Whoever is saying the Brady is not tough- has never played in the NFL and been hit by a grown man at full speed.

    I think I’m tough, but I never get blindside sacked at my job, so how tough am I really?

  13. I am glad the Brady came out and said this because if Blake Bortles would have said it people some media be writing how out of touch he is and needs to rethink his position. Plus to group of Bortles haters would get their shots at the guy again. So good for you Tom.

  14. The usual Brady whiners all listened to the Howard show today. Can you guys go even a single day without thinking of Brady? I know if I ever hated an athlete or anybody I would not be thinking about them 24/7. The beating Brady did to the teams you root for has given you guys concussions.

  15. He should have said he sees value in avoiding contact. I just watched the replay of the last SB and watched Mahomes take more hits in one game than Brady has done his entire career.

  16. Exhibit A of someone who is so blinded by Brady jealousy he will make up the dumbest things to somehow make himself feel better. It’s okay little buddy. The sun will rise again tomorrow.

  17. How does “being tough” equate to letting 300+ pound men bury you? If you can avoid that without hurting your team, that’s smart. Lots of tough QBs have short careers.

    As for complaining to the refs after being hit, all QBs do that, and so do most RBs and receivers. They all often jump up and start motioning for a flag. If the refs throw a flag because Brady motions for one, and his team gets a first down and 15 yards, that’s on the refs, not on Brady. I’m a Steelers fan and Big Ben takes some questionable hits and seldom sees a flag though he often motions for one. I guess because he is “tough.”

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