Brady talks con­cus­sions

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS - By Jimmy Golen

FOXBOR­OUGH, MASS. » Tom Brady doesn’t worry about con­cus­sions and con­sid­ers them part of play­ing foot­ball, the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back says in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view to be broad­cast this week­end.

“I’m not obliv­i­ous to them,” Brady tells CBS Sun­day Morn­ing. “I mean, I un­der­stand the risks that, you know, come with . the phys­i­cal na­ture of our game.”

Brady’s wife, su­per­model Gisele Bund­chen, had said in a May in­ter­view that the quar­ter­back has had un­re­ported con­cus­sions and she wor­ried about his longterm health. A joint NFL and play­ers union in­ves­ti­ga­tion found this week there was no ev­i­dence that Brady or the team failed to fol­low the league’s poli­cies or pro­ce­dures on con­cus­sions.

A five-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion and two-time league MVP, Brady had one of his best sea­sons ever last year at the age of 39. Af­ter miss­ing the first four games to serve his “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion, he threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touch­downs with only two in­ter­cep­tions, lead­ing the Pa­tri­ots to their fifth NFL ti­tle by ral­ly­ing them from a 25-point deficit to the first over­time vic­tory in Su­per Bowl his­tory.

The net­work said co­host No­rah O’Don­nell in­ter­viewed Brady mul­ti­ple times, both at his sub­ur­ban Bos­ton home and at his TB12 Sports Ther­apy Cen­ter near the Pa­tri­ots’ sta­dium. Now 40, Brady re­peated his de­sire to con­tinue play­ing un­til his is 45 — some­thing no non-kicker has done in mod­ern NFL his­tory.

“I do want to go out on my terms,” he said. “I do want go out play­ing my best.”

The NFL has strug­gled to come to terms with the danger of con­cus­sions and the life­time health risks they pose. The league this year agreed to pay as much as $1 bil­lion to for­mer play­ers who have been di­ag­nosed with post-con­cus­sion symp­toms that could in­clude the de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy.

ELISE AMENDOLA - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady speaks to the me­dia fol­low­ing an NFL foot­ball game against the Los An­ge­les Rams,in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

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