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Tom Brady Did His Own Protest?!?!

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been in the news all week for his choice of silent protest, but he may not have been the only signal-caller making a statement on Thursday night. In fact, it is a fact. He was not. But, tomorrow we are going to have more articles covering the Kapernick kneel down and sit down from a variety of angles.

brady-helmets-nfl-sticker-and-withoutAs he watched the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in their preseason finale, eagle-eyed Patriots fan Eric Penza noticed that Tom Brady’s helmet was missing something: the small NFL logo decal.

The decal 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 did not.

So was Brady, in his own way, making a statement against the NFL?

It appears he did:

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.

So, he silently got back at the league by not wearing their logo on his helmet for the final two preseason games. He did so when he played under center against both the Giants and the Carolina Panthers.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

The funny thing was, Brady didn’t let the cat out of the bag, or the air out of the ball when he did his protest. Personally, I like Carson Palmer, agree that if you get caught doing something shady then you should pay the consequences, but I must admit this was a clever, suddle slap in the face of Roger Gooddell and the league he is in charge of.

Looking at older photos of Brady at games, he does have the NFL sticker on his helmet.

A team spokesman said he was unaware whether Brady purposely removed the sticker, and his agent, Don Yee, did not return an email to, which is where I first discovered this unusual and clever story. Brady’s suspension officially begins on Saturday afternoon and ends on Monday, Oct. 3. But as of today, Brady may have “Stickered it” to the NFL.

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