During his Monday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talked at length about Thursday's car accident in which he collided with a minivan in Boston.
"I was scared out of my mind," Brady said. "I'm telling you, when it happened, I didn't even know what to do, because you're just in shock. I was kind of sitting there in the car, looking around, trying to get my bearings. And then I got out of the car and I saw a woman and I said, 'Are you OK?' And she said, 'Yeah.' And she said, 'How are you?' I said, 'I'm fine." And I was just kind of looking around, I was looking in the other car to make sure they were OK.
"The next thing, a guy says, 'Hey, do you want to call 911?' I said, 'God, that would be a good idea, wouldn't it?' So I did that. But I didn't even think about doing that. I was just thinking, 'How am I going to — I've got to call [Bill] Belichick, I'm going to be late [for practice].' And then once I got home, then it really hits you."
Brady said he felt protected in his Audi, although the airbag did not deploy. "No, it didn't," he said. "I'm not sure why. I don't know if it was a side impact. I don't know why."
Brady said he was a model driver on that morning, when the van allegedly sped through a red light. "As a matter of fact, I was the most non-distracted driver that morning," he said. "My hands were at 10 and 2, I mean, I was doing everything right. I can't always say that. Sometimes, the way I drive is a bit more dangerous. It was one of those fluky things."
A woman who was walking her dog was knocked over in the crash but was unharmed. Brady said he feared for her initially. "I thought we hit her," he said. "I swear to God. It was like "The Matrix." When the cars hit, I saw all the glass kind of explode. Then I saw her go flying. I thought, 'Oh, my God' as we're kind of skidding to a stop. I saw her go flying back."
Added Brady: "That was a scary morning for all of us. Man, wear your seat belts. That's all I can tell everybody. You never know."
An onlooker snapped a cell phone picture of a stunned Brady as he exited his vehicle. "That was a little strange to me. That was a little awkward," Brady said, adding, "The ambulance, the people from the ambulance, the medics and the fire, they were very professional. They were great. The older gentleman in the other car definitely needed to be attended do, so that's where they were focusing their time. Hopefully, he's OK."
Asked if the accident was worse than a hit from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Brady said: "Ray Lewis got me last year in the playoff game pretty bad, one that I still feel from time to time."
Check the It Is What It Is blog later this morning for a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, check out the team page at WEEI.com/Patriots.
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