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Tom Brady's Dad Defends Kurt Warner's Stand on His Kids Playing Football

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Tom Brady is arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football.

Recently, his father, Tom Brady Sr., talked to Yahoo!'s Mike Silver about letting his son play the sport that's made him rich and famous. His take was especially interesting given Kurt Warner's statements about not letting his kids play.

Brady Sr. told Silver that if his son was born 15-20 years later, he wouldn't have let him play.

"I would be very hesitant to let him play. This head thing is frightening for little kids. There's the physical part of it and the mental part -- it's becoming very clear there are very serious long-term ramifications," said Brady Sr., who wouldn't let his son play football until he was 14 and had hoped baseball would be his sport of choice.

Brady Sr. went on to defend Warner's comments.

"I think Kurt Warner is 100% correct. He's there to protect his children, and these other people who are weighing in are not addressing the issue of whether it's safe or not for kids. All this stuff about, 'He made his fame and fortune off of football,' that's true -- but we didn't know then what we know now. Apparently, they don't take their own parenting responsibility very seriously, or they don't value their children's health as much as they should."

Brady Sr. capped off the conversation by saying that he's still worried about Brady today. He also said that the NFL is becoming a "Russian roulette."

"Absolutely. That never goes away. The answer is yes, I'm concerned. He claims that he's only been dinged once or twice, but I don't know how forthright he's being. He's not gonna tell us, as his parents, anything negative that's going on. I wouldn't be shocked that he would hide that.

"There are distinct personality changes that go along with head trauma. In the old days, it was conjecture. I don't think it's conjecture anymore. And it's Russian roulette. Different people respond differently. Maybe one person avoids it, but not everyone."

What do you think of Brady Sr.'s comments?

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. He also contributes at Hoops Authority and Eight Points Nine Seconds. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.

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