Tom Brady would prefer to keep playing with his old helmet this season. But due to NFL rules and regulations, the quarterback is adjusting.
Someone should alert Antonio Brown.
The mercurial wideout is threatening to retire if the league doesn’t allow him to hear his old helmet model, which the NFL outlawed as part of a joint program with the NFLPA to improve player safety. Though this saga came to the forefront last week, when ESPN’s Adam Schefter first tweeted Brown was thinking about hanging it up, the issue apparently dates all the way back to OTAs.
In a tweet thread, NFL Media’s Mike Silver explains the madness behind Brown’s helmet strike. Apparently, the All-Pro was exasperated when he was alerted of the league’s new protocol, and said he was being treated differently than Brady and other star quarterbacks. “When he showed up for the 1st OTA, however, Brown requested his old helmet,” Silver writes. “After being told he’d have to wear an approved model, witnesses say, the WR loudly voiced his displeasure, complaining QBs such as Brady and Rodgers were not being subjected to the same scrutiny.”
According to Silver, Raiders officials later texted Brown a photograph of Rodgers working out in his new helmet. Since then, Brown has twice tried to sneak his old model onto the field without success.
On “The Greg Hill Show” Monday, Brady talked about his disappointment with the helmet regulations, but said he will follow the rules. It’s uncertain whether Oakland officials have sent over Brady’s interview to Brown.
“I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice,” Brady said. “So I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it.”