After Gisele Bündchcn, wife of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, said that he had played with a concussion during the 2016 NFL season, rampant speculation immediately began about if and when he suffered such a head injury.
Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated believes the concussion could have occurred during the final drive of the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, when Brady was knocked into offensive lineman Nate Solder.
While we don’t know for sure what the extent of the damage was, you do see Brady’s head get jolted a bit on the play.
Patriots Radio Network analyst Scott Zolak, however, does not think Brady sustained a concussion, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
While Zolak does acknowledge that if Brady did suffer a head injury during the 2016-17 campaign, that was the instance in which it may have occurred, he goes on to say that he did not see any real evidence of a concussion.
Namely, Brady did not seek medical attention nor did he receive any from the staff, and backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did grab his helmet.
Of course, there are a lot of gray areas here.
It was the final drive of the Super Bowl, so that is essentially the worst time for a medical evaluation for your starting quarterback, as Florio points out. Also, these guys are hyper-competitive professional athletes and are never going to want to succumb to a medical evaluation in such a big game.
Let’s say the Patriots medical staff did want to check Brady out for a concussion. How in the world were they going to force him out of that game?
Regardless, this is certainly an interesting story.