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Tom Brady says concussions are ‘just part of life’


Tom Brady made some provocative comments about the risk of concussion inherent to playing professional football, saying a person takes as much risk as a football player by simply walking down the street.

The New England Patriots quarterback, currently on a promotional tour for a mattress company, was quoted in an ABC News report as acknowledging that football can be dangerous — as is every other contact sport — but increased awareness will help limit the risks.

“I think there’s been more awareness from the general media on what CTE is, how it affects you, the long term ramifications of it,” Brady said. “I think, as an athlete, you have to take all those things into consideration and try to be as proactive as you can. Gain information, then go through the proper protocols if you do get a concussion.”

But Brady then made the arguably spurious contention that football presents no more risk for concussion than other sports, not to mention even everyday activities.

“It’s just part of life, you know, not only football, but contact sports,” he said. “It’s part of people walking down the street. You run, you fall, you hit your head. There’s a lot of sports that are involved, but I think it’s good there’s more awareness than there’s been in the past. Women’s soccer and cycling, water polo, there’s a lot of sports.”

Shutdown Corner’s Jay Busbee notes that Brady’s comments fall in line with what Roger Goodell — among others in the NFL community — have had to say about concussions.

Brady takes incredibly good care of his body through a restrictive diet and a grueling offseason workout program, saying he’s been “very fortunate” over his career at avoiding injuries.

But one thing an intense commitment to physical fitness cannot protect an athlete — or any person, for that matter — from is a concussion. Brady’s comments are intriguing to say the least, especially given the risk even someone as adept at avoiding brutal hits as Brady takes every time time he steps on the field.