New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lost his favorite target a couple seasons ago when Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos. Despite no longer being teammates, Brady still has concern for his old friend. Welker suffered his third concussion on a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger on Saturday night. The hit may cause Welker to miss a few games to start the season at the least.
On Monday, Brady discussed the hit on his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” morning show. With concussions being such a concerning issue in the NFL, Brady said he teaches his receivers to try to avoid dangerous hits, but in the game of football it sometimes cant be avoided.
“It’s a tough thing to see when you see guys get injured,” Brady said. “Certainly head injuries, which have been a big topic of conversation the last few years. The NFL and the players association are trying to do the best they can to eliminate those types of injuries, but they’re going to come up, because it’s a contact sport.”
Welker missed the final three games last season when he suffered a second concussion. He wore a special protective helmet when he did return to action, but for a receiver like Welker who spends a lot of time catching balls over the middle, hits like the one he took Saturday night can certainly happen again. Brady feels it is unfortunate that it continues to happen to a player like Welker.
He said, “It’s tough to see that happen. A guy like Wes, who’s one of my best friends, he’s as tough as they come. You hate to see him go through those things, to see it happen for the third time in a little less than a year, it’s a tough thing. It’s a tough thing for any player to deal with.”
Brady also mentioned in the interview that he does brain exercises with body coach, Alex Guerrero, to keep his mind sharp. He doesn’t want to be 50 or 60 years old and not be able to function physically or think straight. A physical sport like football has consequences. Brady wants to ensure he stays ahead of those consequences the best way he knows how.