Tom Brady doubles down, calls new jersey number rule “dumb”

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Tom Brady really doesn’t like the NFL’s decision to expand its jersey numbers. Like really, really, really doesn’t like it.

In fact, you could go so far to say Brady hates it.

He made that much clear in his first Instagram post of the day, and the Buccaneers quarterback has doubled down in a second post just in case anyone misunderstood his feelings.

DUMB,” Brady wrote over news of the the rule. “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too? Why have numbers? Just have colored jerseys. . . why not wear the same number. . . DUMB.”

Brady posted his concern earlier in the day, writing, “Good luck trying to block the right people now! [G]oing to make for a lot of bad football.”

The rule didn’t come out of the blue. The Chiefs proposed it weeks ago, and many players around the league have discussed changing numbers on social media since.

So the question is: Why didn’t Brady bring up his concerns before owners voted Wednesday? It’s too late to do anything about it for this year. So he will have to live with another “dumb” NFL rule.

43 responses to “Tom Brady doubles down, calls new jersey number rule “dumb”

  1. “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

  2. This guy looks like he’s going to sack my QB, but he’s wearing a kicker’s number, so I’ll just let him go.

  3. Brady needs to stay in his lane. No one cares what this prima Donna thinks and are sick of the special treatment he gets from the Refs. Probably the most disliked player in the league.

  4. Why ?all it the New Jersey number rule? The only worthwhile thing to ever come out of that state is Bruce Springsteen

  5. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

    5 11 Rate This

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    He’s actually just missing a comma, Einstein. Like you missed an apostrophe in C’mon.

  6. I’m sure all the high schools and colleges are annoyed about it, lot’s of new jerseys are going to be necessary to appease these kids that are watching this nonsense.

  7. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

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    My biggest pet peeve is grown adults acting as grammar police. Get a life.

  8. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

    8 19 Rate This

    Umm, I think they left a comma out before the correctly spelled too.
    I guess you have to blame the editor of the article for making this so difficult for you to comprehend LOL

  9. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

    Hey supercharger, I believe Tom actually intended to use the word as it is written… as in meaning “also” or “as well”. At least that is the way I read it.

  10. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

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    Despite having gone to Michigan, he actually got this one right! Could’ve used a comma but otherwise he’s fine. Go back to school!

  11. Tom doesn’t understand why because his OLinemen never get called for holding. He doesn’t realize that others teams DO get called.

  12. He’s actually just missing a comma, Einstein. Like you missed an apostrophe in C’mon.
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    Wow. No. It’s “whatever they want to wear.” Not “Whatever they want too wear.” And you got mad upvotes too! Social media is making everybody way too dumb to believe.

  13. While it’s a weird hill to die on he does bring up a good point. Jersey numbers in football serve a purpose, presumably that’s why they exist. If they don’t, just scrap them all together. It’s a cleaner look that way.

    Not surprised this came from the Chiefs, who have a QB that doesn’t do much pre-snap recognition and hence couldn’t help his linemen block anyone in the Super Bowl.

  14. Sure, pile on him now, but when Belichick exploits it with substitutions and formations, you will call it a dumb rule.

  15. I didn’t read the article (only the headline), but why does Tom Brady hate New Jersey so much?

  16. Vasteelerfan says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:25 pm
    Brady needs to stay in his lane. No one cares what this prima Donna thinks and are sick of the special treatment he gets from the Refs. Probably the most disliked player in the league.

    “No one cares” But yet you took the time to click on the article and post yet another LAME comment.

    I’m confused, if you don’t care why waste your time with a comment?

    Oh yeah, I forgot he owns your Steelers. That’s why.

  17. Gee Tom, it wasn’t a problem for you when you were in college, why should it be one now? Is this the reason you weren’t as good in college?

  18. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.
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    My pet peeve, though not my biggest, is grown adults who don’t when to use “are” v. “is.” C’mon, man. Of course, it’s informal writing, so no biggie.

  19. “Wow. No. It’s “whatever they want to wear.” Not “Whatever they want too wear.” And you got mad upvotes too! Social media is making everybody way too dumb to believe.”
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    Speaking of dumb… Both are correct. Your way is correct but you could use “too” which meaning the linemen would “also” be allowed to wear other numbers just like the other positions.

  20. I’m confused, if you don’t care why waste your time with a comment?

    I know you are confused.

    Nice comment about the topic…..not. Your hero worship gene is exposed. To some Brady is a god but in reality he is just a ball player that some people like. Springsteen on the other hand is a musical legend with thousands of fans around the world.

  21. How many of those single digit linebackers were there pressuring him to nearly throw the Lombardi trophy into the drink?

  22. It is a dumb proposal, it will blow up in the league’s face, and Tom Brady will be victorious once again. Source: the last 20 straight years.

  23. It’s really hard to comprehend why Brady is so bent out of shape by NUMBERS.
    I hope he’s just having some fun trolling or something. Didn’t he play in college against linemen wearing single digit numbers?

  24. Brady isn’t worried about himself playing bad football. He’s survived/excelled 21 years in a league that seems to change on an annual basis.

    He is more worried about the quality of play overall when it comes to other qbs/teams. Not many qbs are able to go thru all their reads without panicking, add in another aspect they have to worry about won’t help them. Brady is a master at the line of scrimmage and during the plays. Other qbs need their hand held to even recognize a blitz let alone telling their whole team what to do.

  25. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm
    “Why not let the linemen wear whatever they want too”

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    My biggest pet peeve in life are grown adults who don’t know the difference between to and too. Cmon, Tom. You went to Michigan.

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    He was clearly saying let the offensive linemen whatever they want “also.” So “too” was correct.

  26. Wow. No. It’s “whatever they want to wear.” Not “Whatever they want too wear.” And you got mad upvotes too! Social media is making everybody way too dumb to believe.
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    Try reading it again. If he said what you think, then you’d be correct. But he didn’t. As others have stated, he used “too” correctly as an adverb. As in “also”. It doesn’t appear he intended it as a preposition, which would have been questionable grammar (ending a sentence with a preposition) but not technically incorrect.

  27. supercharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    He’s actually just missing a comma, Einstein. Like you missed an apostrophe in C’mon.
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    Wow. No. It’s “whatever they want to wear.” Not “Whatever they want too wear.” And you got mad upvotes too! Social media is making everybody way too dumb to believe.

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    Where do you see the word “wear” used??? He said whatever they want “too” as in also genius.

  28. The rule might confuse fans as to which position a player is supposed to be playing, but it shouldn’t confuse the players or coaches.

  29. Settle down Tommy Boy. The rules of football and positions isn’t changing. It’s not like the Center can now go downfield and catch a pass. Oh, maybe THAT’S why they won’t just let linemen wear whatever number they want, too. I fail to see why he’d care if a WR, a safety, or a LB wears, say, number 5, instead of 85 or 45 or 55. Maybe he thinks he will feel foolish if he yells “number 1’s the Mike!” presnap.

  30. It’s only going to make bad OFFENSIVE football.

    Defense just got a whole lot better.

  31. I’m not a Brady fan in any way, but I do agree with him on this one. This is dumb.

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