From One Patriot to Another: Wounded Vet Offers Tom Brady his One Good Arm
FOXBOROUGH —The New England Patriots say quarterback Tom Brady did not attend a scheduled AFC championship news conference Wednesday because he was meeting with the team medical staff for a right hand injury.
Tom Brady is with our medical staff and will not be available to the media today.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 17, 2018
But in a humbling moment of true patriotism, Chris Tate, of Arkansas, an Afghan war veteran who lost full movement of his right arm when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up right next to him has offered his good arm to TB12. Tate, a self-proclaimed Pats fan, responded to the Patriots post on Twitter saying:
I only got one arm, but he can have it if he need it this weekend. Taliban tried taking my arm in 2011. 2018 I’m giving it to Tom Brady.— Chris (@HoggWild2013) January 17, 2018
In a phone call with NH1 on Thursday, Tate says he became a Pats fan in 2008 when New England lost to Eli Manning and the Giants in a major Superbowl upset. He said everyone was rooting against the Pats, and that's when he decided he was going to root for them.
In 2011, Tate, an Army sergeant stationed in Afghanistan, was in charge of clearing IEDs from the road. His team missed one that was buried, and it blew up taking off half of his shoulder. The sergeant suffered a traumatic brain injury, underwent dozens of surgeries and he lost almost all movement in his left arm and hand.
Tate left the Army in 2014.
He says these days he is doing good. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is building him an adaptive bedroom on the first floor of his Arkansas home in anticipation that at some point he will be unable to walk and will need a wheelchair.
He says he plans on watching the AFC championship game with a couple friends at his home. Tate's favorite players? Tom Brady, Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers (the latter two are from Arkansas).
Tate's original Tweet was favorited more than 2,300 times and retweeted more than 290 times before 4 p.m. Thursday.
Tate followed up his first Tweet with another, showing his battle wound scars as well as his good arm.
Some are calling for the Patriots to step up and get Tate to the big game.
Tate says he has never seen the Patriots play live and says if he got the chance, "That would be awesome!"
Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Jacksonville kicks off at 3:05 p.m. In his 18 year career, Brady has never missed a playoff start.