The last time Tom Brady missed a regular season game, he had Bernard Pollard to thank.
Pollard preemptively ended Brady’s season in 2008 when his hit tore the New England Patriots quarterback’s ACL. Now, Brady could sit out for the first time since that injury if his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate holds up.
Pollard isn’t exactly well-liked in New England and by no means is best buddies with Brady. But when asked for his thoughts on Roger Goodell’s decision to give Brady four games, the free-agent safety sided with the quarterback.
“I do not like Tom Brady as a competitor, somebody that?s playing against him because he is a competitive player,” Pollard said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I respect the piss out of him because the guy knows how to win. The guy, you can say whatever you want about him, but he is a true champion.
“Do I feel that he should be suspended for four games? I?m going to tell you no. This dude is a competitor, man. I don?t think he should have been suspended for four games. But I?m not the commissioner. I?m not on that committee that suspended him. (But) I know he?s going to fight tooth and nail like he does on the field to get back on the field with his team.”
Reaction among NFL players was mixed when Brady initially was suspended four games, but it’s been hard to find those who support Goodell after the commissioner denied Brady’s appeal and upheld his full suspension.
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