Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said it "always makes a quarterback happy," when his team selects an offensive lineman in the draft, as the Patriots did last night with Colorado's Nate Solder. But Brady also cautioned that Solder faces a tough job whenever he begins his Patriots career.
He also said there is "nobody I love more than Matt Light," referring to the veteran left tackle who is a free agent and now looks to be on his way out after 10 years with the Patriots.
Brady today took part in a live chat in New York with 25 fans, a promotional event for Under Armour, the athletic apparel company.
Asked specifically about Solder, Brady said, according to The Boston Globe. "It's hard for a rookie to come in and play a big role. Those rookies have a lot to learn, not only learning the playbook, but learning what it means to be a professional player. This is your job now. He's going to be yelled at probably more than anybody on the field."
"He was pretty happy last night I saw. He might not be so happy come the start of training camp."
Among the many other topics he addressed was his role as lead plaintiff in the NFL players' lawsuit against the NFL. Brady said that he realizes that football has been very good to him, while giving a nod to past leaders in the NFL Players Association for making that possible. He said that he and fellow plaintiffs Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are looking to be part of the solution to the league's labor discord.
"We're trying to bring reason and compromise to a very challenging agreement," Brady said. "This is not something that is easy. There is a lot that goes into it. I know a lot of people are hard at work. DeMaurice Smith has had a lot of meetings with Roger Goodell. I know Mr. Kraft is heavily involved. Everyone is trying to accomplish the same thing. Hopefully, there is an agreement at some point soon."
Brady said he is confident that football will ultimately be played in 2011.