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David Epstein
February 26, 2007
Tom Brady testifies in Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis's medical malpractice suit
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February 26, 2007

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Tom Brady testifies in Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis's medical malpractice suit

AS NEW ENGLAND'S offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis took unproven quarterback Tom Brady under his wing—and the Pats won three Super Bowls in four years. But, as a Massachusetts courtroom heard last week, their relationship also had a personal side. During a malpractice lawsuit Weis, now Notre Dame's head coach, testified that when he decided to have gastric bypass surgery in 2002 (he weighed nearly 340 pounds), he told neither his wife nor his boss, New England coach Bill Belichick, until two weeks before the operation. But he did tell Brady, whose Friday testimony drew an overflow crowd to Judge Charles T. Spurlock's courtroom. "Obviously, a coach-player relationship ends up being very close, and over the years we developed a very special relationship," testified Brady.

Weis seeks unspecified damages from doctors Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin; he claims that they failed to recognize postoperative bleeding and infection. (The doctors say that they treated Weis properly and that he knew of the risks of the procedure.) Now around 250 pounds, Weis says he has nerve damage that has led to partial paralysis in his feet. "I feel very fortunate to be here, so whatever I'm dealing with, so be it," he testified. "But the bottom line is, I don't understand why I can't walk with my wife.. . or run out on the field with my football team."

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