FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he didn’t touch or think about the footballs used to get his team into the Super Bowl after he picked out the ones he wanted to throw.
Brady said Thursday that he didn’t know how New England ended up using underinflated balls in its win Sunday against the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
Brady says he doesn’t know the protocol for handling game balls after he chooses them a few hours before game time and that he didn’t alter the footballs whatsoever.
“I have a process that I go through every game, and I pick the footballs that I want to use for the game. Our equipment guys do a great job of breaking the balls in, they have a process that they go through,” Brady said. “When I picked those footballs out, at that point, to me they were perfect. I don’t want anyone touching the balls after that, I don’t want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me those balls are perfect and that’s what I expect when I show up on the field.”
Like his coach Bill Belichick said a few hours earlier, Brady said he learned about the issue the morning after the game.