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Wounded army veteran offers to give Tom Brady his good arm

Alex Reimer
January 19, 2018 - 9:49 am

One Patriots fan loves Tom Brady so much, he’s willing to give the quarterback his only good arm if it helps the team win the AFC championship. 

Army veteran Chris Tate, who served from October 2009 until July 2014, tweeted Thursday he’s willing to sacrifice his right arm if Brady’s thumb injury prevents him from playing or gripping the football Sunday against Jacksonville. Brady did not participate in practice and cancelled his media availability for the second straight day.

“I only got one arm, but he can have it if he need it this weekend,” Tate tweeted. “Taliban tried taking my arm in 2011. 2018 I’m giving it to Tom Brady.”

Tate, an army sergeant, lost movement in his left arm when he was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2011. His team was in charge of clearing IEDs from the road, and they missed one. 

After the accident, Tate spent the next couple of years in and out of surgery. Today, he says the Veterans’ Administration is putting a special adaptive bedroom and bathroom into his Arkansas home. 

Though Tate is a diehard Patriots fan, he says he wasn’t into football until 2008. He decided to become a Patriots fan while watching Super Bowl XLII in Arkansas. 

“Everybody who was at this center was going for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, so I was like, ‘I’m gonna go with New England.’ Even after they lost the Super Bowl, I still remained a fan,” he told WEEI.com in a phone interview. “Once I get my team, I’m sticking with them.”

Eight years later, Tate’s loyalty runs so deep, he insists he’s willing to sacrifice one of his limbs to do what’s best for the Patriots. 

“If it’s going to help us get back to the Super Bowl, (Brady) can have it,” he said. 

This post has been updated. 

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