Gisele Bündchen, the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, said in an interview with CBS that Brady “had a concussion last year” and hinted that he has suffered previous concussions.
Bundchen made the comments during the “CBS This Morning show” on Wednesday in answer to a question posed by Charlie Rose in response to comments Brady made on SiriusXM NFL Radio in February that indicated she would prefer that he retire.
“Are you trying to get him to retire?” Rose asked.
“You know, I just have to say as a wife, I’m a little bit, it’s, as you know, it’s not the most like, let’s say, unaggressive sport, right?” Bündchen said. “Football, like he had a concussion last year, I mean he has concussions pretty much every — you know, we don’t talk about it but he does have concussions.
“I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through like, through that kind of aggression like, all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right?” she said. “I mean, I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”
Brady, who turns 40 on Aug. 3 and has said he wants to play well into his 40s, was not listed on any injury report last year with a concussion. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Brady hasn’t been listed on an injury report with a concussion dating as far back as 2003.
Neither Brady nor the Patriots have commented on Bundchen’s remarks. The NFL, however, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon and said it didn’t have a record of a concussion.
“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office,” the statement said.
“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”
According to a 2015 report by Newsday’s Jim Baumbach on football helmets, Brady wears a helmet that has a low rating in terms of protection against concussion. The report said Brady wears a helmet with a one-star rating, as determined by Virginia Tech researchers. By contrast, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wears a helmet with a five-star rating.
“A five-star helmet is the best at reducing the risk of concussion,” the Newsday report said. “A one-star helmet is the least effective.”
The NFL requires teams to list injuries to players and how it might impact their status for the upcoming game. The NFL can punish a team by fining and/or removing draft picks for a violation of the rule, although the latest incident in which a team failed to list an injury resulted in a warning. The Seahawks failed to disclose last season that cornerback Richard Sherman was dealing with a knee injury. The NFL hasn’t commented on Bündchen’s remarks about Brady’s concussions.
Bündchen said Brady, 39, has felt much better overall in recent years in part because of the strict diet the family follows.
“We have a plant-based diet, we’ve been having it for 10 years,” she said. “We feel better, it’s better for our health, and everything we put into our body has an effect on us, on our energy, how we feel.
“[Brady] doesn’t feel achy, he just has so much more energy,” Bündchen said. “In the beginning, it was a little, you know, different for him, but now he loves it and he wouldn’t have it any other way because he feels better.”
Two retired players donate brains to research. Two more retired football stars have pledged their brains to research.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall and three-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Hasselbeck say they will donate their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The announcements were made on Wednesday as part of the second annual Brain Trust conference, which is hosted by Veterans Affairs.
Marshall says he already has short-term memory loss and erratic behavior. The former Giants defensive lineman is 55. Hasselbeck’s father, Don, was a teammate of Marshall’s on the Giants and pledged his brain to the foundation in 2010.
More than 1,800 former athletes and military veterans have pledged to donate their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for CTE research. The disease has been linked to repeated head trauma. — AP