In December, one quarter of the Patriots, Tom Brady, went to Westwood One Sports with Jim Gray and said his brain was "wired for contact". A month later, former Brady's teammate reproached him for making this comment that he described as "irresponsible".

On Thursday, Ted Johnson, who played the linebacker for the Patriots from 1995 to 2004, appeared at 98.5 in Boston to talk about all things Patriots. Towards the end of his conversation with "Felger & Mazz", Johnson had the chance to answer Brady. Johnson tore Brady.

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"I'm going to be honest and I love Tom, that made me throw up a bit in my mouth," Johnson said. "I have to say it was very irresponsible for Tom to talk like this … OK, my brain is wired for contact." So, what, Kevin Turner was not , Junior Bucket was not, Justin Strzelczyk did not have the brain? Andre Waters brain was not wired for contact. But yours is too. He was very insensitive and I thought it was irresponsible to talk like that. "

If you missed Brady's comments on the subject, here is what he said:

"First of all, I've been doing it for a long time, so your body is getting used to the shots, the brain understands the position in which you put it, and my brain is wired for contact. Some way that it is Based on all the flexibility treatments I do, my muscles absorb strengths and disperse forces as well as ever.I hit better now at 41 years old than before. at age 25. I'm really training like that.I have made it a priority in my life.I think about it every day.This is so important to me because I am realize that when I look in the locker room, I look around me I realize that they play such a disadvantage because of what I am able to do and how I can treat my body. It gives me a lot of confidence in myself, I watch some shots in a match I see on the film and people go, 'My God, is that? that it hurt a lot? & # 39; And I will say: "No, I did not even really feel it."

"It's just because of all the work I do, the understanding of what I need to do to prepare my body.I do it all year.This really works for any purpose. it works for me for football, I feel the same way I could play basketball, any activity I want to do, I feel like my body is ready to do it. "

This is not the first time that Johnson has been making headlines for something he's said about a former teammate. It is also not the first time he talks about brain trauma. In 2013, Johnson apologized for calling the wife of Vince Wilfork, Bianca, ugly. In 2007, Johnson opened its doors to The New York Times about his personal struggles, saying "There is something wrong with my brain."

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In 2015, a study revealed that 87 players dead on the NFL had a CTE, a degenerative brain disease. In 2017, a A study found that 110 former NFL players out of 111 had a CTE. Last January, a study found that repeated blows to the head, even those that do not cause concussions, can result in a CTE.