Former Pats Linebacker Ted Johnson, who won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, said Tom Brady’s claim that his “brain is wired for contact” sends a dangerous message.
“I’ll be honest, and I love Tom, it made me throw up in my mouth a little bit,” Johnson told Boston’s The Sports Hub on Thursday. “It was very irresponsible for Tom to talk like that. ‘My brain’s wired for contact.’
“So, what, Kevin Turner’s wasn’t? Junior Seau’s wasn’t? Justin Strzelczyk’s brain wasn’t? Andre Waters’ brain wasn’t wired for contact? But yours is (wired for contact)? It was very insensitive and I thought irresponsible to talk like that.”
In an interview with Jim Gray last month, Tom Brady talked about how he managed to play quarterback at a high level as he ages into his 40s.
When talking about the inherent violence of playing QB and the unavoidability of getting hit, he told Gray he has gotten very good at sensing when a hit is coming because his “brain is wired for contact.”
Johnson also does buy into the TB12 method:
“I don’t. I don’t,” Johnson said when asked if he shares Brady’s confidence in the TB12 method when it comes to brain injuries.
“I haven’t seen it in the medical journals, right? It’s in his book, right? But I haven’t seen any other scientists back it up and validate it. (If) that happens, maybe I’ll start taking it serious. But until that time, it just seems very irresponsible.”
Just what the Pats need.
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