Patriots QB Tom Brady Spoke For The First Time At Training Camp On Friday, He Discussed Turning 40, Concussions, And His Love Of Coldplay
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady hadn’t met with the media in training camp, until today. On Friday after a scrimmage had ended, Brady met with the media for a prolonged session ranging on a variety of topics.
Brady talked turning 40, the story about him having concussions, and his love for the band ColdPlay.
The Patriots QB started things off with stating he feels the same today as a 40-year-old as he did every other day before it.
I woke up today feeling like I did yesterday morning and the day before that, so it was good. So many people came out and wished me a happy birthday so it was very nice. I had a lot of support and [it’s] fun to be on the field. It’s where I’ve been for a long time. I enjoyed it.
With his career on the back 9, Brady has been around the league and the Patriots for a long time. During his media session, he mentioned how blessed he is to play the game.
Yeah, I’m really blessed to play with such great teammates and coaches. To have the opportunity to come out and play every day is something I always cherish. I’ve been doing it for a long time and hopefully that’s given me a lot of experience to do the right thing and help our team the best way I can. Part of being a veteran player is really helping the younger guys with their learning curve and we’re working hard to accomplish a lot of things out here as camp goes on. There’s a lot of situations today with a lot of situations. It’s good to have the experience and it’s great to still have a love for the game and my teammates and my coaches and it’s fun every time I come out here.
One of the biggest stories that has popped up since the last time he spoke to the media was his wife, Gisele Bundchen, saying that he suffered a concussion last season.
Brady stated that his medical history is no one’s business, but he also did not deny the concussion.
I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past, certain medical history and so forth. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business, you know, what happened last year and I’m focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at. That’s how I approach everything. I’m not sitting here worried about last year or five years ago. There’s other people that do worry about that – my wife or my parents or my sisters or people that love me and care about me – but I do the best that I can do to come out and be prepared to play, mentally and physically, and I give the game everything that I can.
Despite claiming the privacy of his medical history, Brady is not oblivious to the fact that CTE is an issue in the NFL. Brady noted how important it is to be proactive when it comes to the health of the players.
Well, I think you’re not blind to it as a player. That’s why I believe in so much of being proactive with your health. I think when you’re a player and you see other players before you that did things a certain way and what’s transpired with their health or well-being and then you learn from it. I think that’s the things that I’ve really tried to incorporate in my own life.
I’m confident in what I do. I’m confident in the things that I do and the ways I train but it’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. There’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you [but] certainly you can be put in harm’s way.
You just do the best you can do as a player and obviously it’s great that there’s more awareness for those types of things. That’s been a very important topic certainly. But you just try to be proactive and take care of your body the best way you can.
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One of the questions the future Hall of Famer is always asked is regarding how long he will play football. A reporter asked him about Robert Kraft’s playing into the 50s hopes and Brady laughed it off.
He said the 50s? I don’t think I’ve even said the 50s. Maybe once. You know, I just love doing it. Again, I’ve never thought about not playing.
As for Brady, he might be sneaking into the Coldplay concert at Gillette on Friday night with the band being on of his personal favorites.
They’re one of my favorite bands, so it’s pretty convenient tonight. I think I might try to sneak out there. I’d like to be out there. I think we have meetings to a certain point, but after that, I’d love to see it.
Did Brady receive any birthday gifts from his teammates?
Yeah, I had a lot. It was fun. So many of these guys are so young, but they keep me young too. I got a nice birthday cake from Jimmy [Garoppolo] and Jacoby [Brissett]. Jacoby wrote “old” on it as my age, so they certainly have a lot of fun. But I had so many people that sent me notes, and it was very thoughtful.