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NFL Makes Shocking Claim About Tom Brady After Concussion Probe

The NFL has addressed claims that star quarterback Tom Brady continued to play with a concussion.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen slammed the NFL in an interview with CBS last year when she told them that her husband, Tom Brady, played in a game with a concussion. Bundchen was pushing for her husband's early retirement from the rough sport. The NFL has shot back saying that there is no evidence that Brady had a concussion during his game. Brady himself has refused to comment.

In 2009, the NFL created concussion protocol as new studies showed the long-term dangers of the trauma, but some have questioned whether it's enough. The Journal of American Medicine found in July that out of 111 deceased NFL players, 110 of their brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Players can suffer from amnesia, chronic headaches and more, and symptoms can begin as late as 10 years after the trauma.

In May, Bundchen was being interviewed by CBS and said, "He had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much. We don't talk about it, but he does have concussions."

As pro-football has come under scrutiny for putting players in physical danger, the comments caused a firestorm. Brady was questioned but refused to discuss his wife's comments.

"I really don't think that's anybody's business, what happened last year and I'm focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at," Brady said.

The player hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2008, when he injured his left knee during the season opener. Brady has previously talked about continuing to play until he's 45, and he has made no comments in agreement with his wife about early retirement.

The NFL has put out a statement saying that they disagree with Bundchen. They reviewed Brady's history and denied he ever played with a concussion.

"This review included an examination of all game film from every Patriots' game last season, every report from the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants and Booth ATC Spotters assigned to those games and Mr. Brady's medical records, which were produced pursuant to a release signed by Mr. Brady," read the statement. "We appreciate the cooperation of the Patriots' medical staff in conducting this review."

The NFL defends itself against critics who complain that football is too violent a sport. "Our game, of course, is a contact sport," said commissioner Roger Goodell in an open letter to fans. "Fans love to see the action on the field, including the big hits. While we can never completely eliminate the risk of injury, we are always striving to make the game safer—for our professional athletes down to young athletes first learning how to play."

Goodell notes that the NFL has been making progress in taking precautions to preserve the health and safety of players. "We’ve made safety-related rules changes, encouraged advancements in equipment, improved medical protocols and care and changed the way we teach the game. Rightfully, much of the public discussion is about concussions—how they happen, how they can be prevented and treated and what is known about their long-term impact."

Source: Daily Mail
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