Did Patriots QB Tom Brady have the flu?
Brady was caught on camera sniffing ammonia cartridges just moments before kickoff of the team’s AFC divisional playoff game loss to the Jets. The act not only caught the curiosity of fans, but tipped off NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan that Brady was probably under the weather.
“Tom looked like he had the flu,” Kirwan said during his weekly NFL.com chat. “His body language between series was not his typical animated self. [CBS analyst] Boomer Esiason and I watched him closely and we both felt he might have been ill. There were plenty of times when he looked like he was hunched over on the sideline.
“It’s no excuse for losing, just an observation. Watch the replay of the game. He also looked like he was sweating a lot during the game — his uniform was drenched.”
But Brady appeared on the Dennis & Callahan Show on WEEI on Monday morning and put the matter to rest. Or at least he denied that he was sick.
“I didn’t have the flu,” Brady said. “I felt fine. I’ve been dressing warmer as the season’s gone on. I felt fine.”
But what is with the whole deal about the ammonia?
“We all do it,” Brady said. “It’s kind of a receiver and quarterback thing.”
Brady claims that he was fine for the game, but you can believe that most Patriots fans — wait for it — felt sick after the loss.