Sheldon Richardson Says NFL Protects Tom Brady

By Andrew Fisher
Sheldon Richardson
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The New York Jets are currently getting set for a crucial week seven matchup with the New England Patriots. It’s no secret that these two teams don’t like each other. The two AFC East rivals frequently engage in banter back-and-forth prior to their games. So given that fact, rookie Sheldon Richardson apparently felt like he needed to get involved in a big way. Here’s what the defensive tackle had to say on Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady:

“You’re going to see a lot of stuff, man, that the Patriots can do to you, that they get away with, that we can’t do to the Patriots. It’s just the way it is. They made the Tuck Rule back when, 2000? Tom Brady rule, right? Okay, a lot of great quarterbacks have hurt a knee before, but now we can’t hit quarterbacks in the knees now cause Tom Brady gets hurt. Doesn’t it seem that way? Right or wrong? Cause if you take Tom Brady away from the Patriots, they win no more championships.”

Richardson’s comments aren’t really that out there. I think most of us outside of Massachusetts have thought at one time or another that Brady gets special treatment. However, it doesn’t mean that making the comments was a smart move.

As much as Rex Ryan probably agrees with the rookie DT, he has to slapping his forehead. There’s no reason to give Brady any extra ammo. He’s not a QB you want to give any type of edge to. The guy is as driven as they come, without being poked by a stick.

Sheldon Richardson spoke the truth with his comments on the QB, but he was best served to keep those thoughts to himself.


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