Tom Brady Thinks The NFL Encourages Low Hits With Rules To Prevent Concussions
I can't blame Tom Brady for being frustrated with his receiving corps' non-stop string of injuries. By the end of Sunday's overtime loss to the Denver Broncos, the Patriots had $20 million-worth cap space sitting on the sidelines with leg injuries, instead of, ya know, out on the field catching footballs like they're supposed to. So Brady hopped up on his soapbox to politely complain about the NFL's increasingly tight restrictions on tackling, which exist to limit concussions.
“I hate to see it, but it’s really the only way for defenders to hit now," Brady said after the game. "I bet if you asked a lot of players they’d probably rather you go high than low. You go low, that’s what happens. I don’t think it’s dirty, I just think that’s the way football is being played now."
“It’s so hard to see guys get hurt like this,” he said about Rob Gronkowski's knee injury, which likely won't keep him out next week. “Guys sacrifice their bodies and it’s hard to see your friends get taken down like that.”
Aww. Tommy doesn't like seeing his friends get hurt, huh? I guess he should take the NFL back to court and get those pesky helmet-to-helmet contact rules abolished because Darian Stewart threw his a shoulder into his buddy's knee while he was going down. Gimme a break. Why not call it what it is: a cheap shots, which falls squarely on the players who do them, not the league's rules aimed at saving players' lives that "encourage" them.
People go after Gronk's knees. Just say it. Don't make this about something bigger.
What Brady doesn't seem to grasp is that the well-being of players brains in the long run isn't something they should be encouraged to risk for gains in the short term. Just because a few extra low hits have derailed your quest for yet another perfect season doesn't mean the NFL should continue turning a blind eye towards definitive proof that concussions can and do ruin people's lives. Get over yourself, dude. Not everything should be about contributing to Tom Brady's legendary existence. Believe it or not, sometimes there are things meant to help people outside of your inner circle. You sound like the guy complaining about the long security line at the airport who conveniently forgets that it exists for very good reasons.
Brady will have more than $200 million in career earnings to swim around in after he retires, so he doesn't need to worry about employment after football. The average NFL player will make around $6 million playing professional football before they're buried on the island of misfit toys after three seasons, which is why it's imperative that they have a fully functioning brain to rely on for the 50-plus years they'll spend going to regular jobs just like the rest of us. A shredded ACL isn't fun, obviously, but it's never hampered anyone's ability to make a living off the field. That's why rules like this exist...
[NFL.com] Beginning in 2015, defenseless player protections are expanded to the intended receiver of a pass following an interception or potential interception. A receiver who is clearly tracking the football and is in a defenseless posture will receive defenseless player protections. It will be a foul to hit this player forcibly in the head or neck area, or use the crown or hairline parts of the helmet. Violations result in a 15-yard penalty that will be enforced after the change of possession.
I'm pretty sure Tom Brady hasn't really thought this one through -- or maybe he has, but he simply doesn't care about the well-being of 90% of his teammates. We wouldn't be surprised if the latter was the case.
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