Pats’ Brady hopeful for NFL lockout outcome

Tom Brady is getting in some football this week.

Just a day after an informal workout with some of New England

teammates, the Patriots quarterback was headlining a charity touch

football game at Harvard University.

Brady took a break during halftime of Friday’s game benefiting

Best Buddies International, which supports programs for people with

intellectual and developmental disabilities, and commented briefly

on the labor stalemate and when it will end.

”Nobody knows. Hopefully soon,” Brady said. ”There’s been a

lot positive moves from both sides. Everyone is working hard toward

a great outcome. And I’m confident that a lot of reasonable people

will come to a very reasonable agreement.”

Brady’s comments were rather polite compared to the arguments

made earlier in the day before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S.

Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Brady, who is among the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit

filed by 10 players, said he’s looking forward to football season,

even if fans and some players are growing restless during the

three-month work stoppage that threatens the opening of the 2011

schedule.

Brady said veterans and young players alike have a

responsibility to leave the league in better conditions than when

they entered.

”We all stick together and we realize how important each one of

us are to each other,” he said. ”A lot of guys really care about

the game.”