Tom Brady jokes about real reason he had to change his helmet

Who knew the biggest drama of the NFL preseason was going to be about helmets?

Earlier this year, the NFL conducted a study on helmet performance to identify the safest equipment for its players. Several models, including those worn by quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, would be prohibited to wear in 2019 as a result.

Though some people weren't thrilled, every player has thus far complied with the new rule — except for one.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, whose preferred helmet is prohibited because it is over 10 years old, threatened to sit out over the issue and filed a grievance against the NFL, which he later lost. He is now in search of new gear and began enlisting the help of Twitter to do so. 

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When asked about the ongoing drama, Brady admitted that he doesn't "love" the helmet he's currently using, but acknowledged that he doesn't "really have much of a choice" in the matter. 

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Brady joked about the real reason he was made to change helmets — his old one was simply working too well.

"I think they just didn’t like the way the old helmet was working up in New England," the six-time Super Bowl champion said, accompanied by two photos of himself and a crying laughing emoji.

Brady wore his previous helmet in his last four Super Bowl appearances, three of which were victories for the Patriots. We certainly can't blame him for being a bit superstitious, considering that track record.

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