Tom Brady still getting used to heavier helmet: ‘I wish it was lighter’
Tom Brady, like several other NFL players, has been forced to transition to a helmet that complies with new league safety standards being implemented ahead of the 2019 season.
The New England Patriots quarterback recently admitted he’s still getting accustomed to his new helmet, specifically its increased weight compared to his favored model.
“I’ve been wearing the same thing for, you know, forever,” Brady said this week on the “Quick Slants the Podcast” during an interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran. “You get used to one thing, one feel … this [helmet] is a pound heavier, so it’s 25 percent heavier on your head. That takes a lot of getting used to. I wish it was lighter. I tried to make it lighter and they couldn’t make it lighter.
“I mean, add 25 percent to everything. Add 25 percent to your pen, or 25 percent smaller keys on your keyboard, and tell me how that feels. It’s a little different.”
NFL training camp season has been rife with helmet-related chatter — as along with Brady, fellow stars Antonio Brown, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, among others — have had no choice but to seek out a new helmet style after their old ones failed to satisfy newly instituted standards.
In total, 32 players reportedly wore helmets last season that didn’t fulfill the league’s new helmet safety requirements.
Brady, meanwhile, also made note of how he’s so superstitious about one piece of equipment that he’s worn the same model going back to his playing days at Michigan: His shoulder pads.
“I’ve worn them for 25 years,” Brady said. “They’ve gotten reconditioned a little bit, but I think once you find something you like, you kind of stick with it. I’ve always kind of liked the way they felt, the shape of them. People have tried to put me in a lot of other ones.”
Brady did originally bemoan how he had to transition to a new helmet, but unlike Brown, was much more pragmatic about the change. At least he can take solace in the fact that the NFL has yet to institute any new policies related to players’ choices in shoulder pads.