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Tom Brady and NFLPA statement

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's role as one of 10 plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against the NFL has been widely talked about, in part because the suit is referred to as "Brady v. NFL."

Brady's role as a plaintiff has mostly been symbolic; he hasn't been present during negotiations. Compared to fellow plaintiff Drew Brees, he also hasn't said much publicly about the situation.

Brady's standing as a plaintiff comes back to the forefront today as he has released a statement to the Associated Press along with Peyton Manning and Brees, through the NFL Players Association.

The statement reads: "We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done. This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way."