Tom Brady has been preparing for the 2020 NFL Season with a few of his new teammates, as the forty-two year old legendary quarterback starts fresh with a new team for the first time in his career. Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP, recently moved to Tampa Bay and has made headlines throughout the pandemic for being caught outside during stay-at-home orders.
Most recently, Tom Brady was criticized for continuing his workouts as COVID-19 cases in Florida have increased over the last couple of weeks. The NFLPA’s Medical Director, Thom Mayer, advised that “no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts.” Brady responded to critics on his Instagram with an FDR quote on Thursday, June 25th:
“Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) June 25, 2020
Tom Brady doesn’t seem too nervous about the virus, posting this on instagram. The #Bucs QB has had multiple workouts all week long with teammates in Tampa. #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/maG3DYTwRp
Social media backlashed at the quarterback. ESPN Senior writer, Ian O’Connor, wrote a piece about Brady being a “usually reliable role-model,” and claimed that Brady was “sending the wrong message” to gather his teammates and continue to work out.
The NFLPA’s recommendation isn’t a rule, rather, it’s a suggestion for what should be done. “Brady should have listened to [Dr. Mayer],” O’Connor insisted, “and spent more time connecting virtually with his receivers, backs, and offensive linemen. He’s better than his misguided attempt to use work ethic as a shield.”
The facts are that two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players had indeed tested positive for COVID-19 so far, and Hillsborough County had reported 716 new infections just yesterday. However, Brady and his teammates felt best to continue with their workouts and build their timing and chemistry – something that Ian O’Connor, as accomplished of an author as he is, wouldn’t be able to truly understand.