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The NFL has instituted rules to protect defenseless wide receivers recently. But that only protects them as they make the catch.

The Patriots pass catchers are at their most vulnerable after they have made a big play or scored a touchdown. If they don't keep their head on a swivel the are liable to take a huge helmet to helmet hit from one of their own.

Tom Brady.

In this piece by The Wall Street Journal, Brady's teammates give an awesome account on what its like to be around a fired up Tom Brady.

All of a sudden he’s a foot away from you, head-butting you three times,” said teammate Brandon LaFell. “I’m like, hey, man, calm down.

You’ve got to—got to—be prepared for his head-butts and high-fives, because they are coming…You’ve got to brace yourself. It doesn’t look like much coming at you but it’s intense,” said Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms. “If he throws the ball 50 yards and you run 50 yards and score, he’s going to run all 50 yards and head-butt the hell out of you.

These stories keep on coming. It sounds like just about everyone on the Patriots roster has been the victim of a Brady headbutt. Devin McCourty was strolling around in warmups just minding his own business when he came across Brady.

I didn’t know he’d come that hard. My helmet was loose,” McCourty said. “So I felt it.

Could this have been when Edelman suffered his concussion this last week? - Getty Images

When Brady was getting left high and dry on all those high fives it might have been that his teammates had no idea what to expect when they tried to give him one.

Running back Jonas Gray said that Brady gets so fierce and excited that he struggles to indicate whether he’s going to high-five or do a fist bump. “We don’t know what he’s going to do,” Gray said. “We don’t know if he’s going to go either way.” Gray explained that the best way to deal with it is to simply lay your hand out flat and let Brady do the work on the high-five.

The excitement that Brady shows is awesome! It's something that brings this team together. Here you have your leader, a three time Super Bowl champ, that's running 50 yards down the field to congratulate you for making a big play. How can that not get you pumped up and excited. Even a guy that like Julian Edelman that's been around him for a while was blown away that Brady was in the end zone after his punt return touchdown.

This excitement is just part of who he is. He doesn't need to script any celebrations, it just comes naturally. That's what makes him so special.

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Thome 12/19/2014 01:51:00 PM Edit
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