Tom Brady needs a new Patriots helmet after NFL enforces equipment ban


Did you see the video Tom Brady posted Wednesday on Instagram? The one where he pulls a piece of Super Bowl confetti out of his helmet?

Guess what: Brady won't be wearing that helmet for the New England Patriots in 2019.

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Friday they have eliminated a grace period allowing players to wear helmet models that don't pass new safety tests. One of those helmets was Brady's Riddell VSR-4, which now is officially outlawed by the league.

Brady's banned helmet is one of 10 models that are now illegal, and enforcement starts immediately: Equipment managers have been instructed to remove all banned helmets from their locker rooms, and teams will face discipline if the NFL finds one of their players wearing an illegal helmet, per's Kevin Seifert.

Brady knew this day was coming, as he briefly tested a new approved model -- the Riddell Precision Fit SpeedFlex -- during the 2018 season. But the 41-year-old quarterback went back to the VSR-4 late in the season, jokingly predicting a "stand-off" with the league this offseason if they didn't allow him to stick with it.

Brady reacted to the news with a message on his Instagram story:

It appears Brady's day of reckoning has come, so unless he wants to do battle with the league again, he'll need to find a new favorite helmet for his 20th NFL season.

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