Ted Johnson is a former American football player in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft with the 57th overall selection and went on to play for them until his retirement in 2004.
During his tenure with the Patriots, he and the team won three Super Bowls. He also had the chance to play alongside what has become the greatest quarterback of all time – Tom Brady. However, Johnson came forward recently to say that he is disgusted by the quarterback’s “irresponsible” opinion on concussions. He said:
“I’ll be honest, and I love Tom, it made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. It was very irresponsible for Tom to talk like that. ‘My brain’s wired for contact.’ So, what, Kevin Turner’s wasn’t? Junior Seau’s wasn’t? Justin Strzelczyk’s brain wasn’t? Andre Waters’ brain wasn’t wired for contact? But yours is (wired for contact)? It was very insensitive and I thought irresponsible to talk like that.”
The names Johnson mentioned are just four of the players whose deaths have been linked to CTE after suffering numerous concussions during their football careers.
Johnson also had some problems coming to terms with the end of his football career. In an interview years after he retired, he said that he was battling depression and barely left his house in the years after leaving the game:
“I’d [leave to] go see my kids for maybe 15 minutes. Then I would go back home and close the curtains, turn the lights off and I’d stay in bed. That was my routine for two years. Those were bad days.”
When reporters asked Johnson if he shares Brady’s confidence in the TB12 method when it comes to brain injuries, he said:
“I don’t, I don’t. I haven’t seen it in the medical journals, right? It’s in his book, right? But I haven’t seen any other scientists back it up and validate it. (If) that happens, maybe I’ll start taking it serious. But until that time, it just seems very irresponsible.”
Do you agree with Johnson on this one?!