Tom Brady did his first training camp interviews with reporters on Friday and made it very clear that he didn’t want to discuss comments made by his wife earlier this year about prior concussions.
“I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past, certainly medical history and so forth. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business,” Brady, who turned 40 on Thursday, told reporters at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
“What happened last year; I’m focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at,” he said.
The inevitable questions about his health came after Gisele Bundchen said in an interview with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” that Brady “had a concussion last year.”
“He has concussions pretty much every … I mean, we don’t talk about it,” the supermodel added. “But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for anybody to go through.”
And not talk about it is exactly what the five time Super Champion did in response to the renewed speculation about his health.
“I’m not sitting here worried about last year, or five years ago,” Brady said in his first press conference since the New England Patriots historic comeback in Super Bowl LI.
“There are other people that do worry about that — my wife, or my parents, or my sisters, people that love me and care about me. But I do the best I can do to be prepared to play — mentally and physically — and I give the game everything I can.”
Entering into his fourth decade, nothing appears to be slowing down the G.O.A.T. as he sets to make history (again) as the oldest non-kicker in the NFL.
Brady has said he hopes to play until he’s at least 45, but admitted in an interview last February that Bundchen wants him to retire from pro football.
“If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times,” he said.
Brady and the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots kick off their 2017 season on Sept. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.