San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been in the news all week for his pick of quiet protest, but he may not have been the only signal-caller making a statement on Thursday night.
As he watched the New England Patriots play with the New York Giants in their own preseason finale, eagle eyed Patriots fan Eric Penza discovered that Tom Brady’s helmet was missing something: the little NFL logo sticker.
The sticker is supposed to be on the left back of players’ helmets. Other New England players, like running back D.J. Foster, had the decal, but Brady didn’t.
Was Brady, in his own way, making a statement against the NFL?
Brady had his name dragged through the mud thanks to the deflate-gate saga and the Wells Report, and after fighting for over 500 days, decided to give up his legal battle against the league after an appeals court ruled in favor of the NFL and reinstated his four-game suspension.
Looking at matches at older photographs of Brady, he does have the NFL sticker on his helmet.
A team spokesman said he was not aware whether the decal was removed by Brady, and his agent, Don Yee, didn’t return an e-mail. Brady’s suspension officially commences on Saturday afternoon and ends on Monday, Oct. 3.