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Tom Brady had COVID-19 following Bucs Super Bowl parade

The Bucs QB thinks COVID-19 will be a bigger issue in 2021 than it was in 2020.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates their Super Bowl LV victory with the Vince Lombardi trophy during a boat parade through the city on February 10, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a bit of a scare earlier this offseason as Tom Brady revealed on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly the team’s Super Bowl victory parade.

Brady has since been vaccinated and the Bucs joined the Atlanta Falcons as the only two teams to have a 100% vaccination rate among their players. The overall NFL rate is over 90%, but that leaves a handful of players on most teams still unvaccinated and potentially endangering both teammates’ health and finances, and the team’s chances of finding success this season.

The NFL announced in July that if a game cannot be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will forfeit the game and it will count as a loss. Additionally, players for both teams will not receive their salaries for the game.

Brady told the Tampa Bay Times that he thinks COVID-19 could be a bigger issue this year than last year.

“I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last 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. It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year. 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.”