New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke extensively Monday morning for the first time about the car accident he was involved in on Thursday, saying he was "scared out of my mind" when his Audi sedan crashed into a minivan that according to witnesses had run a red light.
"I'm telling you, when it happened, I didn't even know what to do, because you're just in shock," Brady said during his regularly scheduled interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Monday morning. "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, who escaped from the accident unhurt, said paramedics acted professionally at the scene, spending most of their attention to a passenger in the minivan who needed to be hospitalized.
A lawyer for the family of that passenger said Monday that 49-year-old Rogerio Rodrigues' condition has worsened.
Attorney Samuel Reef told The Boston Globe that the family of Rodrigues is concerned for his well-being as it awaits more medical tests.
The Fall River resident was a passenger in the minivan driven by his adult son when the collision happened. He underwent emergency surgery and had been listed in serious condition.
Reef says he took a turn for the worse over the weekend.
Police say Rodrigues' son ran a red light. He has maintained he had the green light.
Brady said Monday that besides his own safety at the time of the crash, he also feared for the well-being of a bystander, a woman who was walking her dogs near the intersection where the accident took place.
"I thought we hit her," Brady 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."
The woman was unharmed.
At the time of the accident, Brady said, he was paying attention to the road and was "the most non-distracted driver on that morning."
"My hands were at 10 and 2, I mean, I was doing everything right," Brady said. "I can't always say that. Sometimes, the way I drive is a bit more dangerous. It was one of those fluky things."
Brady said the intensity of the situation didn't really sink in until he got home later that day and saw his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and son.
"I was excited that I was able to come home and see my family ... that felt good," Brady said. "I got in a crash, I came home and I said, 'God I'm just fortunate to be able to be here with my son and my wife.' That's really a blessing."
The lesson he learned from all of this?
"Man, wear your seat belts," Brady said. "That's all I can tell everybody. You never know."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.