Former Michigan and current New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t lost much throughout his NFL career. But on Friday, Brady threw in the towel on one of his toughest battles yet.
Brady announced on his Facebook page that he will no longer continue with legal proceedings against the NFL in the “Deflategate” scandal. Brady’s four-game suspension for allegedly deflating footballs below the regulatory PSI level before the 2014 AFC Championship Game was reinstated by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after Brady won his original appeal against the NFL last offseason.
Brady’s last hope was to take the case to the Supreme Court, but that would’ve been more of a Hail Mary than anything else. There would be no guarantee that the Court would even hear the case, which is probably a part of the reason why Brady decided to end his battle against commissioner Roger Goodell.
Brady will now sit out the first four games of the 2016 season. It will be only the third time in Brady’s career that he won’t start all 16 games for the Patriots and the first time since 2008, when he missed 15 games after sustaining a torn ACL injury.
Former second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo will likely start in Brady’s place. The Eastern Illinois product has only thrown 31 passes during his NFL career.