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Tom Brady reveals the injury he was left with after military dog went for his throat

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You can call this a “Dog Bites Quarterback” story.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seems to be fearless on the football field, but around strange dogs he might be a little nervous, given his past history.

Talking to reporters Wednesday before the Super Bowl, Brady was asked directly by a reporter to tell a story about the time he was bitten by a dog at Gillette Stadium.

The reporter obviously knew about the incident and wanted the world to hear about.

“Wow,” was Brady’s first reaction. But then he responded with not one but two stories about being bitten by a dog.

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“Yeah, I was bitten by two dogs, one when I was little, in Minnesota, my grandpa’s farm here,” said Brady.

“I gave the dog a bone and then went down to give the dog a kiss, I was young, and he bit right through my lip. So that was pretty rough.”

The second dog bite was the one the reporter was referring to.

“We were in the stadium, this was, I don’t know how many years ago, there was some military training going on in our stadium,” said Brady. “[Patriots owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft had allowed some military members to do some training they needed to do, and I was able to witness it at night, it was during training camp.”

“We got a chance to go on the field after and meet a lot of the guys. We were going to take kind of a team picture, their team and then there was a few of us that went out there — I think it was Vince [Wilfork] and Jarod [Mayo] and Mr. Kraft and [his son] Jonathan [Kraft],” said Brady.

“I was walking out to the middle of the field and there’s helicopters flying and everyone’s lined up, and some guys were kind of excited to see us walk out.

“So I was close to all the guys and didn’t realize that there was dogs, and obviously those weren’t like Labradors, those were tough dogs. I raised my arms up over my head and right when I raised my arm up, the dog jumped up and I guess was going for my neck. The guide grabbed the dog back down and the dog got my thigh on the way down.

“I was standing there with a bunch of tough guys and they all saw it. They were like, ‘Are you OK?’ And I’m like, ‘Of course I’m OK.’ But I could feel the cut, but obviously I couldn’t say anything like, ‘Aw man, that hurt,’ you know, because I’m with the toughest guys in the world. So I just sucked it up for like an hour after we said hi to all the guys and so forth.

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“It was probably 10:30, 10:45 when I went back in to our training room and I called up Jim Whalen, our trainer. I said, ‘Hey Jim, I have a problem.’ He’s like, ‘What is it?’ And I said, ‘I just got bit by a dog.’

“He was like, ‘You got bit by a dog?! What are you talking about?!’ So I had to come over and get it taken care of. So I have a nice little scar on my quad thanks to that night. I learned a very valuable lesson.”

There will be one ‘dog at the Super Bowl, the Eagles, who are 4.5-point underdogs.

Unless you count these guys.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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