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SportIt's OK Antonio Brown, Tom Brady doesn't really like his new helmet either

17:30  12 august  2019
17:30  12 august  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Tom Brady subtly weighs in on Antonio Brown helmet controversy

Tom Brady subtly weighs in on Antonio Brown helmet controversy Like Antonio Brown, Tom Brady is also being forced to wear a different model of helmet this year from the one he has grown accustomed to throughout his career. While Brown may have felt he was being singled out by the league this offseason, Brady thinks there’s a different reason why the NFL is also forcing him to make a change. In an Instagram post on Tuesday morning, Brady said the NFL must not have liked the way his old helmet was working for the Patriots.

First, it was Brown ’ s frost-bitten feet. Then, it was his desire to wear a trusty old helmet that had been along for his wild ride, going back to his rookie year—a desire strong enough to lead to some bizarre moments that NFL Network’ s Mike Silver chronicled in a crazy Twitter thread Friday afternoon.

Tom Brady ’ s new helmet (L), Tom Brady ’ s old helmet (R) (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Justin Edmonds/Getty Images). Considering he completed 19 of his 26 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while avoiding any sacks, the new helmet clearly didn’ t negatively

While Tom Brady hasn’t threatened to sit out if he can’t wear his old helmet, he’s not thrilled with his new one.

It's OK Antonio Brown, Tom Brady doesn't really like his new helmet either© Provided by Oath Inc. Tom Brady at practice this month, wearing a new approved helmet. (AP)

The NFL this year is banning some older helmet models and forcing players to wear those approved by NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. This wasn’t a big story through the NFL offseason. Seriously, how often do you look at a man’s helmet?

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But it became the biggest story in the NFL suddenly last week, when it was reported that Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown was so upset about having to give up his old helmet that he threatened to sit out unless he could wear it. An arbitrator is hearing the case after Brown filed a grievance with the NFL.

Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown ‘all in’ with certified helmet

Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown ‘all in’ with certified helmet Antonio Brown wore a certified helmet Tuesday during Oakland Raiders walk-throughs, and head coach Jon Gruden declared the receiver is now “all in.” Reporters spotted Brown with the helmet after practice, which had been closed to the media. Antonio Brown walking to the locker room with a…well, you see it. pic.twitter.com/3wjVeARvOH — Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 20, 2019 Afterward, Gruden confirmed it was a certified helmet and that “he’s all in. Ready to go,” noting he doesn’t think Brown’s feet are an issue any more. Gruden said Antonio Brown used a certified helmet today. “He’s all in. Ready to go.

" It ’ s all important, it all matters, so yeah, just making sure it ’ s kind of similar to what the experience has always been. Like I said, there’s still some tweaks to go and I’m working it out. QB Tom Brady , in his longtime helmet , after New England's Super Bowl LII loss.

Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to try out but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them.

Brady feels Brown’s pain. Just without the retirement threat.

Tom Brady: ‘I don’t really have much of a choice’

Brady said he is still not happy with the helmets he has tried.

"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," Brady said Monday on WEEI, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. "So I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it."

Football players can become attached to their helmet and shoulder pads. Many are creatures of habit and they’re very particular. Sometimes there’s sentimental value in an old helmet.

"You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. 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," Brady told WEEI, via Reiss. "It's kind of what I'm dealing with."

NFL will let Antonio Brown keep his helmet model, if he can find a newer one

NFL will let Antonio Brown keep his helmet model, if he can find a newer one The specific helmet Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown brought with him from Pittsburgh and wanted to wear this season in Oakland has been disallowed. 

Antonio Brown may or may not be healthy enough to play, but he’ s definitely refusing to do so because he can’ t use his preferred helmet . The NFL told 32 players, including Brown and Tom Brady , that they were no longer to wear their models of helmets because they didn’ t meet testing

" Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and I don' t know why it ' s so important to him,'" Silver added. When he showed up to on-field workouts, Brown A witness said Brown told coaches that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers did not have to do the same

Based on his “last four Super Bowls” comment, Brady switched to the now-banned helmet between the 2011 and 2014 seasons. He won three Super Bowls in it.

Brady tried switching last season

Brady and 31 other players were told they had to switch helmets this season after a one-year grace period. Brady tried out a different model last season but wasn’t comfortable in it and switched to the old Riddell VSR-4 for the rest of the season.

These changes are being done in the name of player safety. The NFL was criticized for a long time for not caring enough about player safety. The helmet rules, while not loved by all, seem to mean well.

We’ll see what happens with the Brown saga. Brady will wear the helmet and play. He’ll just be pining away for the old helmet that’s getting dusty on a shelf.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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It's OK Antonio Brown, Tom Brady doesn't really like his new helmet either

Antonio Brown on practice field, but no helmet.
Our long national nightmare may be over. Unless it isn’t. Antonio Brown is back on the field with the Raiders, but he still hasn’t put on a helmet. Via Scott Bair of NBCSportsBayArea.com, Brown was on the field with teammates moments ago for the walk-through portion of today’s practice. That was a good sign, at [more]

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