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Early within the 2001 season, Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe took an enormous hit that almost dislodged his lung. Later that season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took an enormous hit that almost dislodged his head.

Jimmy Traina of SI.com posted the video earlier immediately from the December 16, 2001 sport between the Patriots and the Payments.

With New England main 6-3 within the third quarterback dealing with third and 17, Brady drops again. He strikes to his proper after which decides to run. Which for him has all the time been, principally, race-walking.

Simply earlier than he reaches the road of scrimmage, Payments defensive again Nate Clements lights Brady up. The hit was clear, shoulder first and presumably no helmet contact. However the collision induced Brady’s helmet to go flying backward.

Brady will get up and acts like he’s nice, the usual strategy for gamers who took mind-numbing hits within the years earlier than the league made brain-rattling hits instantaneous penalties. And although a frame-by-frame overview of the collision presumably results in a conclusion that Clements by no means really contacted the top or neck space of Brady, successful like that in immediately’s NFL would lead to a penalty and an ejection.

Earlier this yr, Brady stated it was the toughest hit he ever took. It’s wonderful he remembers it.

By the way in which, the Patriots nonetheless gained the sport. They capped that season by successful their first of six Tremendous Bowls.

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