Tom Brady says he contracted COVID-19 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their celebratory Super Bowl Parade in February
- The star athlete recently spoke to the Tampa Bay Times and noted that he contracted the coronavirus following the celebratory event
- The quarterback also expressed that the coming NFL season would be ‘challenging’ with COVID-19 safety protocols in place
- He predicted that many of his teammates would also contract the coronavirus during the season
- The professional football player has been fully vaccinated prior to the start of the coming set of games
- The NFL currently does not require its players to have received inoculations for COVID-19
The 44-year-old professional football player made the news known through the Tampa Bay Times, who published an interview with the quarterback on Saturday.
During the sit-down, the athlete spoke about the changing face of the NFL amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expressed that the coming season would likely see various new safety practices put in place.
Dealing with it: Tom Brady revealed that he contracted COVID-19 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl Parade; he is seen with his daughter Vivian at the February event
When asked if he had dealt with the health issues that come with the coronavirus, Brady simply told the news outlet, ‘yeah.’
He also expressed that the forthcoming 2022 NFL season would be difficult considering the continuing state of the global pandemic.
Specifically, the quarterback stated: ‘I think it’s going to be challenging this year.’
Brady also briefly spoke about how the logistical side of the Buccaneers’ operations would be much more difficult after the implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols.
Working around it: The quarterback expressed that the forthcoming NFL season was ‘going to be challenging’ while dealing with various COVID-19 safety protocols; he is seen in February
Making changes: The athlete also revealed that the Buccaneers were being routinely tested for COVID-19; he is seen last month
The athlete remarked that the new season would be different for him and the rest of the team ‘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.’
He went on to note that the members of the Buccaneers were being routinely tested for COVID-19 and anticipated that many would contract the coronavirus over the course of the year.
‘It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year…I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it,’ he said.
All of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including Brady, have been fully vaccinated prior to the start of the season.
Adjusting to change: Brady also noted that, due to the ongoing state of the pandemic, ‘guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it’; he is seen last month
The news about the team’s status initially came from its head coach, Bruce Arians, who previously announced that all of the players had received their shots, implying that the quarterback had also taken precaution against the coronavirus.
It also noted that, during this coming year, fully inoculated players would be able to leave their hotels and spend time with their family members.
During the previous season, two of the Buccaneers tested positive for COVID-19, including running-back Ronald Jones, who missed two games.
Making it public: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach, Bruce Arians, previously announced that the entire team had been vaccinated; Brady is pictured in February
Linebacker Devin White also contracted the coronavirus and missed the regular season’s final match, as well as the first game of the playoffs.
The NFL does not require all of its players to be fully vaccinated at the moment.
However, the sporting organization does have quarantine protocols in place for athletes who have chosen not to receive any available vaccines.
Many players have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the beginning of the new season, which is set to take place on September 9th.
Taking risks: The NFL currently does not require that all of its players be vaccinated prior to the start of the 2021 season; Brady is seen last month