Tom Brady Had a Concussion Last Year, Gisele Reveals on CBS
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Tom Brady had a concussion last year, the Patriots quarterback’s wife Gisele Bundchen revealed on CBS’s This Morning.
Host Charlie Rose asked Bundchen, who was promoting her new book on climate change, if she would like to see her husband retire, fresh off his sixth championship:
ROSE: Your husband said the other day that you wanted him to retire. He said that, not me.
BUNDCHEN: You know, the thing is—
ROSE: And that he was going to play as long as he felt as good as he does now. Now, are you trying to get him to retire?
BUNDCHEN: You know, I just have to say, as a wife, I’m a little bit— As you know, it’s not the most…let’s say ‘unaggressive’ sport, right? Football? Like he had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much—I mean, we don’t talk about it, but he has had concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right? I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.
Statistically speaking, Brady is playing better football at 39 than he did at 29. The Super Bowl LI MVP has attributed his longevity in a league notorious for brutally short careers to his personal guru Alex Guerrero, whose controversial treatments have drawn scrutiny from some in the medical community.
After the Federal Trade Commission claimed Guerrero faked being a doctor and claimed his products could cure cancer, Guerrero’s company 6 Degree Nutrition marketed NeuroSafe, a drink it claimed could prevent concussions. “Besides protective equipment,” NeuroSafe’s website advertised, “NeuroSafe represents the only preventative measure available to athletes to protect their brain. When used consistently, NeuroSafe helps to dramatically improve recovery from head trauma by providing the brain the nutrients it needs to repair itself.”
Brady was featured in a banner ad on NeuroSafe’s website in 2011 endorsing the product—”NeuroSafe makes me feel comfortable that if I get a concusion [sic] I can recover faster and more fully”—and his “TB12” logo appeared on the label. The FTC looked in to NeuroSafe in 2012, but rather than take action, it said that Guerrero’s company agreed to discontinue marketing the product and issue refunds to all consumers of it.