New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, have become the talk of the town since it was revealed that the Super Bowl winning signal caller may or may not have sustained a concussion last season. As a result, many have added their two cents regarding the controversial topic while New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is also a Super Bowl winner, has become the latest to do so.
During a recent interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Brees discussed both his experience with the dangerous head injury and the fact that he probably would not tell his wife if he suffered a concussion. However, Brees did not elaborate much more when such a topic was brought up by Patrick:
“I knew that something was not right. I knew that I was concussed,” Brees said while discussing his only publicly reported concussion from 2004. “But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’
“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it’s competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. That’s why the concussion protocols are in place where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”