Brady answers dad's concern about injuries

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Brady answers dad's concern about injuries

As the father of three teenage sons, I'm learning how often divergent opinions arise. On everything from the suitability of a 13-year-old going to see "The Dictator" to icing an arm after pitching, debates -- and eye rolls -- are frequent.

Apparently, I better get used to it.

On Tuesday, I asked 34-year-old Tom Brady about his father's recent comment that Brady Sr., would be "very hesitant" to allow his son to play football if he had to do it all again.

"No, not without hesitation," Tom Brady Sr. told Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver. "I would be very hesitant to let him play."

The younger Brady's reaction?

"Everybody has a different take," Brady said. "My dad is always happy to share his opinion with anybody that will ask, often contrary to my own beliefs."

Brady didn't sound annoyed. But he was emphatic.

"He's always a concerned parent and we as parents are always concerned about our kids," Brady pointed out. "You never want to see your kid fall down and bump his elbow. You're always concerned when things are out of your control as a parent.

"But there's no job I'd rather have in the world," he added. "I'm so fortunate to be in a job that's so fun for me every day. What football has taught me in the grand scheme of my life about being a part of a team and working with people and hard work, discipline and mental toughness - all those things that serve me in life. The lessons far outweigh anything I've experienced in terms of injuries."

As the conversation continues about the bodily toll the game extracts, it is worth pointing out that the game has never been safer in terms of equipment, teaching and awareness. That's at all levels.

For an NFL player like Brady who is -- in essence -- defenseless while looking downfield to throw, you have to reconcile yourself to the risks, he said.

"They are a part of our game and we're all taking precautions to try to limit the exposure to some of those things," Brady offered. "My hope is we all find the best way to treat ourselves and to rehab our bodies whenever injuries come up.

"I feel very strongly about getting your body in condition and keeping it in condition so we can play as long as we want to play, so that it's our decision to go out when we choose to and not have an injury force us out," he added. "But we all understand the risks and we have to do our best. I love playing this sport. It will be hard to give it up."

Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he'll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York.

"I think that’s a good question, it’s a fair question, it’s one that we really have to give some good consideration to," Belichick began. "As I said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the Arizona game. Tom [Brady] isn’t going to be playing for a while, so it’s kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks. Jacoby [Brissett] certainly could use all the playing time that he can get. I think that whichever players we play will benefit from it and it will be valuable to them. We could play all three quarterbacks a lot next week and they’d all benefit from that and it would all be good, but we can’t."

Since they can't, Belichick said there will be situational work done with whoever isn't going to get the game reps.

"We only have one game and so many snaps, so we’ll have to, between practice and the game, put them in some situations that are somewhat controllable like a two-minute situation or things like that that you know are going to kind of come up one way or another," said Belichick. "You can sort of control those in how you want those broken down, what’s best, what does each guy need and how can we get the best we need for each guy. I need to let them get the reps that they need, but it’s how do we get the team ready for what they need to be ready for. They all need to get ready for different things.

What Jimmy’s role is in a couple weeks is going to be a lot different than what Tom’s is, and it’s going to be a lot different than what Jacoby’s is. At some point later on, those roles are going to change again. So again, there’s no perfect solution to it. We’ll just do the best we can to try to have our individual players and our team as well prepared as possible at whatever point that is that we have to deal with, and whenever those situations come up."

As I wrote earlier today, this is the sticky and uncomfortable situation arising from Deflategate. It's not a Tom Brady penalty. It's a team penalty when one considers the ripple effects. And there's no handbook to consult.