NEW YORK – The agent for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday his client did not suffer a concussion in 2016.
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,” agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets. “Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.”
Tom Brady and wife, Gisele
The statement came two days after Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said her husband “had a concussion last year” and alluded to more concussions during his career.
The supermodel was asked by CBS’ Charlie Rose of her thoughts on Brady’s plans to play into his mid-40s and whether she wants him to retire from football.
“I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year,” she said in the interview. “He has concussions pretty much every — I mean we don’t talk about it.
“But he has concussions and I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through. You know, that kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100 I hope.”
Bundchen did not clarify when her husband suffered a concussion or whether it was medically diagnosed. She was not asked a follow-up question about her comments.
Brady has never officially been listed with a concussion or head injury in his professional career.
The Patriots did not list the 39-year-old Brady as having a concussion at any point in the 2016 season, but he sat out the first four games due to the Deflategate suspension given by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Patriots declined to comment on the situation and the NFL issued a statement later Wednesday regarding Bundchen’s comments and said it will look into the matter along with the NFL Players Association.
“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 NFL statement read.
“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.”
Brady, who has not missed a game due to injury since 2008 when he tore his ACL in a Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, was listed with thigh, knee and ankle injuries at various points in 2016.
Brady, who turns 40 in August ahead of his 18th NFL season, is a five-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP and two-time league MVP. He collected his fifth ring in February when the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl LI
PHILADELPHIA – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Wednesday. The deal is worth up to a reported $2.8 million for the 30-year-old Blount, who entered free agency after the best season of his seven-year NFL career in 2016.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”
The Patriots issued a $1.1 million free agent tender to Blount last week in a move that now means Blount will count toward the 2018 compensatory pick formula.
The 6-foot, 250-pound Blount rushed for 1,161 yards on 299 carries and a league-high 18 touchdowns in the 2016 regular season. He gained 109 yards and scored a touchdown in the Patriots’ three postseason contests last season, which ended with a second Super Bowl ring for the power running back.
Blount broke into the NFL in 2010 with Tampa Bay and played three seasons for the Buccaneers. The Patriots acquired Blount in a trade with the Bucs in 2013. Blount appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots in 2013, then started the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before rejoining New England.
In 100 career games, Blount has 5,122 rushing yards on 1,168 carries (4.4 yards per attempt) and 49 rushing touchdowns
BOSTON – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, following his fifth Super Bowl ring, has been selected to be on the cover of “Madden NFL 18.”
Brady, who will turn 40 in August, becomes oldest player to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports football video game.
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EA Sports announced Friday morning that Brady follows teammate Rob Gronkowski, who was on the cover of last year’s edition. It marks the first time in Madden’s 29-year history that teammates have been on the cover in back-to-back years.
“Madden 18” is dubbed the G.O.A.T. edition and the cover image shows Brady emitting his trademark scream.
Brady grew up a few miles away from where Electronic Arts, or EA, opened in his hometown of San Mateo, Calif.
According to ESPN, a young Brady would work out in the EA gym, in part because the company employed a family friend who lived across the street from him.
“When this all came about,” Brady said, “I thought, ‘How cool is that to do this knowing when I was a kid in high school I was tagging along down there, working out where it all started?’ It’s been such a great game over a long period of time. I played it so much when I was younger, a little less now. … My son Jack loves beating up on me.”
Gronkowski was limited to just eight games in 2016 because of a back injury after appearing on the cover, the latest NFL player to fall to the so-called “Madden Curse.”
Brady isn’t worried about the curse.
“The cover is a great honor for me,” Brady said in a prepared news statement. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!
EAST HANOVER – (Staff report from Official news release0 – You say TOM-a-TOE, and I say To-MAY-toe, you say Picasso and I say Kickasso.
To commemorate its five-year anniversary, XTECH, a maker of lightweight and durable protective pads, collaborated with upstart artist Troy Cole, better known as “Kickasso,” to create a special set of custom shoulder pads reflecting the brand’s meteoric growth.
“Kickasso” Product Design
Kickasso, who has reached Instagram Fame by becoming the go-to artist for pro athletes and custom cleats/sneakers embarked on a two-month creative experience to showcase the road XTECH has taken as a disruptor in a business that has seen few changes in almost 30 years. The result, especially as interest has grown virally in the last 18 months, has been an astounding growth in new client business of all levels, with an expanded line of football shoulder pads and accessories coming this fall.
“Our journey in the use of our proprietary technology to keep athletes safe has been quite unique, especially in the last 18 months as the company has seen rapid growth, expansion and national media recognition, and this custom pad project symbolizes the people who have helped and the places we have been, with more to come,” said cofounder Bob Broderick. “The inbound requests we get from athletes and coaches wanting to know more has really been astounding, and myself and my partner Ted Monica are certainly grateful and look forward to continuing to grow and expand our business on all levels.”
“This project was a great challenge. I’m thankful that Bob and XTECH trusted me to tell their story. I call it the ‘Roadmap To Success.’ Once I saw how really protective the pads are and how much the players love them I knew I had to be a part of this awesome project,” said Troy “Kickasso,” Cole.
The company’s designers and partners—industry leaders in the field of plastics and foam safety gear—use their cutting edge, patented technology to design pads which enhance performance while optimizing safety. That is how XTECH Pads, through an exclusive partnership with XRD Foam, can provide unmatched protection while being lightweight, breathable, flexible, water-resistant and comfortable for players from the pee-wees to the pros.
To date, XTECH pads are now worn by 27 NFL Teams, seven CFL teams, over 225 NCAA Football Programs and a growing number of over 100 High School programs nationwide, NONE OF WHOM ARE COMMERCIAL ENDORSERS OF THE PRODUCT. The list also includes no less than 27 players in the first three rounds of the just completed NFL Draft, including Ryan Anderson of The University of Alabama, the second round pick of the Washington Redskins.
“Rogers is proud to be partnered with XTECH products with XRD Impact technology. XTECH’s understanding of the players performance needs, unique design, and use of the most innovative materials are keys to the success of XTECH and their growing relationships with Football teams across the Nation. XTECH’s knowledge of the XRD technology and ability to translate that into the best performing products for the Elite Football athlete is unmatched. Congratulations to XTECH for the first 5 years and to continued success” added Chris Shadday, VP & GM of XRD, a Brand of Rogers Corporation and the exclusive provider of XTECH’s protective padding foam.
The Kickasso design is reflective of XTECH’s drive and mission in becoming the most requested protective pads for football in the country in the past 18 months. The pads, which are 100% American Made with final custom work and assembly done at the company’s warehouse in East Hanover, New Jersey, outlines the road trips we’ve made across the country, highlights logos of organizations and teams that have recently purchased and use XTECH from elite high schools to high level college, programs as well as a growing number of CFL and NFL teams, and specific nonpaid advocates of the technology, ranging from stars like Mohamed Sanu of the Atlanta Falcons and Damon Harrison of the New York Giants.
The unveiling of the new product can be seen here
In 2012 XTECH Protective Equipment set out to develop the best protective gear on the market. The company has incorporated feedback from customers who used XTECH gear to maximize protectiveness and usability. The XTECH Pads team also includes renowned trauma surgeon Dr. Maurizio Miglietta. The former director of the NYU School of Medicine and the Bellevue Trauma Center serves as XTECH’s medical director. In the first quarter of 2017, 27 NFL Teams, over 225 NCAA Football Programs and a growing number of over 100 High School programs nationwide are using XTECH protective equipment. The company is headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey, and is all American made. For more details visit https://www.xtechpads.com/
Derek Rivers – New England Patriots
- Buffalo BillsAfter weeks of speculation that the Bills would invest in a quarterback to push incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor, general manager Doug Whaley instead took the blue-collar approach with ultra-productive selections at bigger positions of need, including All-SEC corner Tre’Davious White at No. 27 and the most productive receiver in the country a year ago in Zay Jones. Each stood out at the Senior Bowl, as did tough guy Dion Dawkins, a future starter selected at No. 63 who I thought warranted consideration 20 picks earlier. Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman has the intangibles to carve out a niche in the NFL, but he may not possess the arm strength to cut through the cold and wind in Buffalo.Grade: B-
- Miami DolphinsDefense was clearly the top priority for the Dolphins in this draft and first-year general manager Chris Grier did a nice job of stacking his board, getting terrific value with his seven selections. Top pick Charles Harris’ best football lies ahead of him after only joining the sport five years ago. The Dolphins added a classic glass-eating, run-stuffing inside linebacker in Raekwon McMillan and a lanky press corner with excellent ball skills in Clemson’s Cordrea Tankersley on Day Two, both of whom project as starters early in their respective careers. Isaac Asiata, the reigning Morris Trophy Award winner as the top blocker in the Pac-12, will outplay his fifth-round grade. Fellow Day Three strongmen Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor are similarly built run-stuffers, but may be too alike to both make the final roster.
- New England PatriotsAfter trading away three picks for quality veterans Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Mike Gillislee, the defending champs had to wait until No. 83 overall to make their first selection. Youngstown State edge rusher Derek Rivers certainly was productive at the lower level — recording 41 sacks over his career — but only three forced fumbles over that time, which speaks to his lack of polish. Similarly, former Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia has good feet but didn’t face top-notch competition. Both are developmental prospects who need to get stronger but have starter-caliber traits, otherwise, if they commit to their craft. Day Three picks Deatrich Wise and Conor McDermott are big names from solid programs but are lacking in ideal length and balance, respectively. The veterans will provide an immediate impact for the Patriots, but otherwise this is a class that may require a redshirt year.
- New York JetsThe Jets added some very intriguing individual talents but the group as a whole may struggle to help the club build upon last year’s 5-11 last-place finish in the AFC East. SEC standout safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are similar highly physical prospects whose presence may lead to a trade of former first-round pick Calvin Pryor. Similarly, the Jets replaced Brandon Marshall with another physically imposing receiver in ArDarius Stewart in Round Three and added polished pass-catchers Chad Hansen and Jordan Leggett a day later. None of them, however, possess the game-breaking ability necessary to make up for the Jets’ below average talent at quarterback.
–Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst for www.NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.