Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, says the New England Patriots quarterback has a history of concussions, including one suffered last season when he took his team to victory in the Super Bowl.
“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every … I mean, we don’t talk about it. He does have concussions,” Bundchen said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you.”
Brady, who will turn 40 in August, plans to play for at least another five years, although in February he said Bundchen wants him to retire from the game: “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.” Bundchen reiterated that sentiment on Wednesday: “I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope,” she said.
Bundchen did not say whether Brady’s concussion had been medically diagnosed. According to Stat Pass, the Patriots have never reported Brady as suffering a concussion and they have yet to respond to Bundchen’s comments.
Brady has shown few signs of slowing down with age and recorded a passer rating of 112.2 last season, the second best of his 17-year career. The quarterback is known for his freakish discipline and commitment to a healthy diet: earlier this year his personal chef said Brady does not consume sugar, coffee, dairy or caffeine and only has tomatoes once a month as a precaution against inflammation.
Concussions in the NFL have been under increased scrutiny in recent years. One of Brady’s former team-mates, Junior Seau, killed himself in 2012 and was found to have the degenerative brain condition CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is often found in athletes who have suffered from head trauma during their careers.