Given the storm that Gisele Bundchen caused when commenting on alleged concussions suffered by her husband, Tom Brady (which the NFL has disputed), it’s only natural that other NFL stars are being asked for their opinions. One of those stars was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday.
Patrick initially asked Brees if he had any comment on Bundchen’s statements. To that, Brees said “I have no comment about that. That’s their business,” taking a dramatically different approach than what Terry Bradshaw said, which you can read here.
Patrick then asked Brees, “If you come home from a game and you might be dinged or your bell rung, would you tell your wife?” Without much hesitation, Brees responded, “No. I wouldn’t want her to worry.”
Brees added that when he suffered his one documented concussion, he didn’t take himself out of the game, even though he “knew that something was not right.”
That certainly shows the athlete’s mentality.
It also shows why it’s incredibly important for the NFL to be proactive in its fight against concussions. The league’s concussion protocol came under attack during the 2016-17 postseason, most notably with Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore.
The athletes are not likely to report a concussion on their own. The league has taken good steps towards head safety in recent years but as last season’s issues showed, it still has a long way to go.