When you consider all the time New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spends talking about the importance of nutrition and taking care of your body, you’d think his thoughts on concussions, one of the biggest health risks facing football players, would be more nuanced than a simple shrug of the shoulders.
RELATED: The Best and Worst New Ideas in Concussion Prevention
But that’s essentially how Brady responded to questions about concussions and CTE in an interview with ABC News. Although he conceded that we know more than ever before about CTE and how it can affect players later in life, Brady seemed unconcerned about football’s long-term staying power in light of the devastating effects head injuries have had and are having on both current and former players.
RELATED: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Your Kid’s Concussion
“It’s just part of life, you know, not only football, but contact sports,” Brady said. “It’s part of people walking down the street. You run, you fall, you hit your head. There’s a lot of sports that are involved, but I think it’s good there’s more awareness than there’s been in the past.”
It was sort of shocking to hear Brady equate the risk of sustaining a concussion playing football to walking down the street. He’s the face of pro football, and though he’s largely avoided major injuries during his career (an ACL tear in 2008 was the worst one he had to deal with), he surely understands that the risk of being hit on the head while playing football is infinitely higher than walking to work and having a piano fall on your head.
“I believe quality over quantity, so play football and love doing that, then take good care of yourself and afterwards, hopefully try to live a great life,” Brady said.
If only it were that simple. For someone who spends so much time taking care of himself the “right way,” Brady should know better.