He isn't exactly threatening litigation. But like Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, Tom Brady isn't thrilled with the NFL's new helmet rule.
The New England Patriots quarterback's old Riddell VSR-4 helmet was among several the NFL officially outlawed this year due to their failure to pass the league's safety tests, ending the grace period that allowed Brady, Brown and a few others to wear the helmets last year.
That means Brady finally has to pick a new helmet in 2019, and it sounds like the process isn't going well.
"Yeah, they kind of spoke to me last year about it," Brady said Monday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "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. So, I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it."
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But the 42-year-old quarterback still found a way of voicing his displeasure.
"You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time," Brady said. "My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf. It's kind of what I'm dealing with."
Brady will surely take interest if Brown makes any headway in his grievance. But it may be for the best that Brady isn't taking the league to task himself, as NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy seemed unequivocal about the new helmet rule in a tweet Monday morning.
The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved. If he doesn't play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn't get paid. Nfl policy is that Helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don't certify equipment that's old than 10 years. — Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 12, 2019
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