Vaccination remains a tender subject among many NFL players. But with the league making it very clear what the consequences will be for unvaccinated teams missing games, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is willing to be a bit more candid.
Speaking to the media this week, Brady called on players to “make good decisions” since the risk of missing games is now out there. And Brady made it clear that he doesn’t want to miss any games for any reasons.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has said that the team “should” be at 92-percent vaccination by this weekend. They play the Cincinnati Bengals at home for a preseason game this Saturday.
Given the effectiveness of the vaccine, their high vaccination rate bodes well for the team avoiding any pandemic-related absences – or forfeits – this coming season.
Asked about vaccination levels, Tom Brady said players have to make good decisions, said nobody wants to miss any games and he certainly doesn’t. Arians has said Bucs should be at 92 percent vaccinated by this weekend.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 12, 2021
Last season the Buccaneers were able to weather the storm of the pandemic with only minimal absences due to COVID-19.
They went on to win the Super Bowl, and have brought back almost the entirety of the roster that helped them win it.
Whatever Tom Brady’s personal feelings on vaccines and the pandemic are, he recognizes that following the NFL rules is the most efficient way to ensure he stays on course to play in another one this season.
Will the Buccaneers have any troubles with COVID-19 within their locker room this coming season?