Like many thousands of people around the world, seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady battled COVID-19 earlier this year.
That’s right — Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady had COVID-19 back in February. It didn’t hit mainstream news at the time. However, Brady recently told the Tampa Bay Times what happened during a recent interview. He found out that he had tested positive for the virus right after the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl parade. When the GOAT got the question on whether or not he had the virus, he replied, “Yeah.”
“And I think it’s going to be challenging this year. I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans,” he said.
The star quarterback also talked about what it’s going to be like dealing with COVID-19 in-season. It’s not like the virus is just going to go away. Brady knows that he and his team, along with the other 31 organizations in the National Football League will have to deal with whatever happens.
“It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year,” he said. “It’s going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it.”
As for Tom Brady’s head coach, Bruce Arians has had talks with his players and staff about getting the vaccine. And while it is ultimately a personal decision, in the end, he has encouraged everyone to get the vaccine. And earlier in the week the head coach revealed that the entire team is 100% vaccinated.
NFL Will be Testing Tom Brady, Other NFL Players Once Per Week
Yep, the NFL has officially updated its testing policies when it comes to COVID-19. Previously, the league had been testing players every two weeks. But that will move to a weekly increment during the regular season as officials work to keep positive cases under control.
According to the NFL Players Association, they have been making a push for daily testing for all players since the beginning of training camp. However, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said that despite added testing last season, it did not actually prevent large outbreaks. Instead, he says that other types of mitigation procedures — like wearing a mask, and avoiding in-person meetings and meals — proved to be more effective in limiting the spread.
“People ten to focus on safety, and it’s very important that we realize that testing is not prevention,” Sills told ESPN last week. “Testing is not preventing anyone from transmitting the virus. It is one part of our mitigation strategy but it’s not the key part.”