It's OK Antonio Brown, Tom Brady doesn't really like his new helmet either

While Tom Brady hasn’t threatened to sit out if he can’t wear his old helmet, he’s not thrilled with his new one.

The NFL this year is banning some older helmet models and forcing players to wear those approved by NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. This wasn’t a big story through the NFL offseason. Seriously, how often do you look at a man’s helmet?

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But it became the biggest story in the NFL suddenly last week, when it was reported that Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown was so upset about having to give up his old helmet that he threatened to sit out unless he could wear it. An arbitrator is hearing the case after Brown filed a grievance with the NFL.

Brady feels Brown’s pain. Just without the retirement threat.

Tom Brady: ‘I don’t really have much of a choice’

Brady said he is still not happy with the helmets he has tried.

"I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice," Brady said Monday on WEEI, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. "So I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it."

Football players can become attached to their helmet and shoulder pads. Many are creatures of habit and they’re very particular. Sometimes there’s sentimental value in an old helmet.

"You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf," Brady told WEEI, via Reiss. "It's kind of what I'm dealing with."

Based on his “last four Super Bowls” comment, Brady switched to the now-banned helmet between the 2011 and 2014 seasons. He won three Super Bowls in it.

Brady tried switching last season

Brady and 31 other players were told they had to switch helmets this season after a one-year grace period. Brady tried out a different model last season but wasn’t comfortable in it and switched to the old Riddell VSR-4 for the rest of the season.

These changes are being done in the name of player safety. The NFL was criticized for a long time for not caring enough about player safety. The helmet rules, while not loved by all, seem to mean well.

We’ll see what happens with the Brown saga. Brady will wear the helmet and play. He’ll just be pining away for the old helmet that’s getting dusty on a shelf.

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Tom Brady at training camp, preseason in 2019
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs with receiver Matthew Slater (18) after drills at the Detroit Lions NFL football training facility, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and teammates congratulate wide receiver Maurice Harris (82) after his touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winds up to pass during an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) watches quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throw a pass during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett, left, speaks with quarterback Tom Brady, right, during NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady steps on the field at the start of an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is seen during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thusday, August 8, 2019 (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (88) talks with QB Tom Brady (12) as they walk off the field after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thusday, August 8, 2019. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after losing the coin toss prior to playing the Detroit Lions in a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts to his teams second quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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