You’re probably sick of “Deflategate” by now. We get it. Hell, even resolute souls like John Cena – motto: “Never give up” – have reached the breaking point. But while the world continues to cover the exhausting investigation and the endless legal wrangling it has wrought, just know that all the extra attention is really starting to weigh on Tom Brady.
You know, as if you couldn’t tell based on his body of work during the preseason.
And while you could just chalk that up to rust, one of Brady’s former teammates – wideout Randy Moss – shed some light on how his old QB is coping with the whole fiasco during the Patriots’ practice at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia on Sunday. While Moss says Brady is doing just fine, he also confirmed that he is not a cyborg programmed not to feel (despite what Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force might insist).
“Anytime that the spotlight is on you, there’s a concern,” Moss said. “Just with talking with Tom the last couple months, I think he is handling it like a professional, but at the same time he is still affected by it.
“Tom Brady is OK,” Moss continued. “He is human. He does have somewhat an emotional scar because I don’t think that Tom Brady has ever been through anything like this.”
Meanwhile, as Brady continues to cope, Moss can’t help but flirt with the idea of returning to the field. Before the Rams and Titans squared off in yet another meaningless preseason game over the weekend, Moss said he “hasn’t lost that itch” before shrugging his shoulders and admitting he’s taking the wait and see approach.
You know what to do, Peyton Manning – just say the magic words.