Tom Brady’s complaint about new jersey numbers is bizarre
By Jerry Trotta
If New England Patriots fans know anything about Tom Brady — other than that he’s the greatest football player of all time, of course — it’s that he’s as buttoned-up as any athlete on the planet.
Whether it be by clocking in as the first player to arrive at the practice facility during training camp and the last one to leave, to never wavering from his plant-based diet, or simply working out like a mad man throughout the offseason, Brady has repeatedly proven he’s everything you would want in a leader.
For someone who also has a squeaky clean track record off the field, the NFL truly couldn’t have asked for a better player to represent their league over the last two decades.
With all that being said, however, the three-time MVP probably rubbed some fans the wrong way in his latest social media post.
In a defiant stance against the league’s new jersey rule, Brady didn’t mince words about it being bad for the game.
“Good luck trying to block the right people now!!!!” Brady posted on his Instagram story on Thursday morning. “Going to make for a lot of bad football.”
Former Patriots QB Tom Brady isn’t a fan of the NFL’s new jersey rule.
Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR exclamation points from Brady. This…this is an actual concern?
For those unaware, league owners passed a rule this week that will loosen jersey number restrictions in significant fashion. Fans and dozens of players around the NFL have been pushing for this to be implemented for a while now, and Brady bizarrely detests it.
It’s not even that drastic of a change, either. All it essentially does is allow more position groups to have a more diverse jersey selection. Here’s a quick breakdown of how the new jersey numbers will look next season.
- Quarterbacks, punters and kickers: 1-19
- Defensive backs: 1-49
- Linebackers: 1-59, 90-99
- Offensive linemen: 50-79
- Defensive lineman: 50-79, 90-99
- Running backs, fullbacks, tight ends and wide receivers: 1-49, 80-89
Could the new rule cause some communication breakdowns early on? Potentially, but let’s keep in mind that players don’t have to switch their numbers.
Most players hand-picked their respective numbers upon entering the NFL. Only a select few will choose to pay homage to their roots. And will it really be that confusing? Block the players in the opposite-color jerseys, TB12.
And no, his rant didn’t stop at just one post.
On top of that, the NCAA is extremely lenient with numbers their football players can wear, and their product hasn’t suffered any semblance of consequences. Given that their product pales in comparison to that of the NFL, we really have zero concerns that this rule change, if you can even call it that, will inflict harm on the sport.
We know Brady is a football purist in every sense of the word, but we honestly thought he’d be more adaptable to this long overdue change.