Brady & the brace: Kraft's request

August, 19, 2013
8/19/13
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he hadn't been wearing a knee brace in practice, but he's changed his mind after a scare last Wednesday.

One person, in particular, has had a heavy influence.

"Mr. Kraft felt pretty strongly about me wearing it," Brady said in reference to team owner Robert Kraft. "He said, 'What's the problem?' I said, 'I'll wear it, I'll wear it.' "

Brady, who spoke with reporters Monday after practice, delivered that line with a smile. He didn't commit to wearing the brace in future practices, saying, "Sometimes when you wear the brace a lot, then you get used to wearing the brace. I like to keep a nice strong leg and if it wasn't strong, something bad would have happened."

Brady also shared a wider perspective on how he views the game at this stage of his career.

"After what happened to me in 2008, I love coming out to practice and playing. Nothing is as exciting as that for me," he said. "I take every day and I enjoy it, because there's no place I'd rather be."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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