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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally addressed his wife’s claim that he suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired on May 17, Gisele Bundchen said Brady suffered a concussion during the 2016 campaign but played through it. Bundchen’s comments were considered controversial in large part due to the fact that the Patriots never listed Brady with a concussion on the team’s injury report.

Brady, however, was listed on the report several times with knee and thigh ailments.

The Patriots’ superstar spoke to ESPN’s “E:60” Sunday about the concussion claim, but avoided explicitly mentioning whether he indeed suffered the injury.

“She’s there every day. I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home together (from games). But, she also knows how well I take care of myself. She’s a very concerned wife and very loving,” Brady said, via John Breech of CBS Sports.

Despite Bundchen’s concerns about Brady’s long-term health, the quarterback says she supports his desire to play well into his mid-forties.

“She’ll support me as long as I continue to want to play,” Brady said. “She’s like my mom, the two of them together sitting next to each other in the suite watching me get hit all day, I’m sure it’s not fun, but they know how well I take care of myself, too.”

It may never be known whether Brady suffered a concussion, but it remains clear that the quarterback is undeterred by the perils of professional football and aims to lead the Patriots well into the next decade, with a host of teams looking to dethrone the reigning champions.

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Tom Brady’s father revealed to the Boston Globe on Monday that his wife, Galynn, completed her cancer treatments two months ago.

The mother of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 2016 and only managed to attend one of Brady’s games, Super Bowl LI.

“She is doing great,” Tom Brady Sr. said to Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe. “She is getting out and playing golf and tennis and looks wonderful.

“I think in the dark recesses of every cancer survivor is the thought it could reappear. We simply pray now that after her treatment it never rears its ugly head again.”

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Now that Calvin Johnson is retired, he has no problem discussing the reality of head injuries in the NFL, but it wasn’t always that way.

On the heals of Tom Brady‘s wife, Gisele Bundchen, claiming her husband had an undocumented concussion last season, Johnson has opened up about how the injury is treated among NFL players.

“Guys get concussions, they don’t tell the coaches,” Johnson said Saturday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It happens. I don’t tell the coach sometimes cause I know I got a job to do. The team needs me out there on the field. And sometimes you allow that to jeopardize yourself, but that’s just the nature of the world.”

Johnson was never officially diagnosed with a concussion during his nine-year career.

When pressed for specifics and whether he ever lied to doctors about a head injury, Johnson was very honest.

“Of course,” said Johnson. “They’re going to dispute that, but anytime you black out, anytime you hit the ground and everything is stars and stuff, any time your brain hits your skull, that’s a concussion.

“No matter how severe it is, it’s a concussion. Now granted, some people get nausea. That’s a severe concussion when you get hit like that and you get nausea and stuff like that. But if you play football long enough (you’re going to have concussions).”

While Johnson’s retirement was a surprise to most when announced, it appears the Lions all-time leading receiver may have had more reasons than the public knew about for hanging up his pads.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, who inspired the 2015 Will Smith film “Concussion,” praised Gisele Bundchen after she revealed Tuesday that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in 2016.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Omalu told TMZ. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love. … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening, and is vindicating. … So, (Gisele) is my hero.”

The NFL said there are no records of Brady sustaining a concussion or a head injury last season. However, neither Brady or the New England Patriots have commented on Bundchen’s claim.

The 39-year-old quarterback hasn’t been listed on the injury report with a concussion dating back to 2004, when data first became available.

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Drew Brees made a quick sidestep when asked to comment on Gisele Bundchen’s reveal that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in the 2016 season, during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

Brees called it “their business,” but when pressed on whether he’d reveal any head-related health issues to his wife, Brittany, the New Orleans Saints‘ star quarterback said he’d keep her in the dark.

“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees said, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

Brees agreed that self-reporting concussions in the NFL remains a “gray area,” and then talked about when he suffered a concussion in 2004 while with the then-San Diego Chargers, which he said was the only time he’d suffered such an injury in his NFL career.

“I knew that something was not right. I knew that I was concussed,” Brees said. “But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’ …

“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, 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 where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”

The NFL said it has no records that indicate Brady suffered a concussion at any point during his career.

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The greatest quarterback to ever play the game is unsurprisingly a big fan of the greatest basketball player to ever play the game.

In an interview with ESPN, Tom Brady commented on his pursuit of Michael Jordan, whom writer Ian O’Connor called “the presumed greatest American team-sport athlete ever” – a title Brady could be approaching.

“I was in awe of Michael Jordan,” Brady said, “and I still am in awe of what he was and what he meant. … He was such an effortless player. He put a lot of effort in, but there’s an art and a beauty to the way he played the game. That was a very inspiring thing.”

Brady also reiterated that he plans to play for several more seasons.

“I always said my mid-40s,” he said, “and naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to continue.”

Another half-decade of play would give Brady – who’s won five Super Bowls – plenty of time to not only match Jordan’s six rings, but surpass them.

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The 19-year-old who assisted the FBI in tracking down Tom Brady‘s stolen Super Bowl jerseys is being rewarded with tickets to the New England Patriots‘ home opener.

Dylan Wagner, a Patriots fan and sports memorabilia collector from the Seattle area, received the invitation in a voice mail message left by owner Robert Kraft on Thursday.

“Dylan, this is Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots,” Kraft said in the message, according to CBS Boston. “I just want to thank you for the great role you played in helping us get Tommy’s jerseys back.

“I was told someone was flying you out there and I just want to make sure you had good seats and get you down on the field at the first game when we put our banner up.”

Wagner is hopeful he’ll get to meet Brady.

“He (Kraft) said maybe I’ll get to meet some people and he kind of left it at that but it’s pretty open ended,” he said. “I think that’s hinting at meeting Brady at the home opener.”