Drew Brees Wouldn't Tell His Wife About a Football-Related Concussion: 'I Wouldn't Want Her to Worry'
NFL star Drew Brees says that if he got a concussion, he wouldn’t tell his wife of 14 years.
His statement comes one day after after Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bündchen dropped a bombshell claim that her New England Patriots quarterback husband had reportedly suffered from multiple concussions — prompting the NFL to investigate her claims.
In an interview with Dan Patrick on the Thursday, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said he wouldn’t want his wife, Brittany Brees, to worry about him.
When Patrick asked Brees if he would tell his wife if he got his “bell rung” in a game, he replied, “No.”
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“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” he added.
Brees said he’s only had one documented concussion from 2004.
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“When I was playing for the Chargers and I remember the event, the hit and everything and I knew something wasn’t right,” Brees said. “I knew I was concussed. But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and said, ‘I’m looking out for you here and you’re not going to play anymore because I know something’s not right.’ ”
” But it wasn’t for him, I wasn’t pulling myself out of the game. That’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the battle and it’s competitive you do not want to pull yourself out.”
“That’s why the concussion protocols are in place. You’ve got the INC’s — the independent neurological consultants — the trainers and the referees are supposed to be looking, everybody’s supposed to be looking. And when you see a guy who’s obviously in that situation, you pull them aside so they can get evaluated before they go out and return to play.”
“If it’s deemed that, hey, this is serious enough, you’re out until further notice which at times, we’ve seen it with (Carolina Panthers linebacker) Luke Kuechly and other guys, we’ll sit them for three or four weeks to make sure they are completely healed before they go back out there again.”