Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms is embracing going viral with bold takes regarding Tom Brady.
Earlier this offseason, the NBC Sports analyst created an internet firestorm when he ranked Brady 10th among active quarterbacks. Now, courtesy of Mike Florio, Simms has another intriguing idea involving the seven-time champion, but this one has some credibility.
Simms sounds skeptical about Brady being vaccinated
In recent years, Brady has tried sharing his TB12 Method with the world. That system, which includes everything from diet to mental health, has allowed him to continue playing at a high level even as he approaches his age-44 season.
Would that strict lifestyle prevent Brady from receiving his vaccination against the coronavirus? During the June 30 episode of the PFT PM podcast, Florio said Simms suggested that idea during a recent conversation between the two NBC Sports commentators.
“Simms says Brady won’t even use sunscreen; he doesn’t want any chemicals touching his body directly or indirectly, inside or outside, so he’s not gonna want the vaccine. And [Brady] is gonna think he’s impervious to COVID.”Mike Florio
As of July 2021, Brady hadn’t spoken publicly against the coronavirus vaccine or announced if he’d gotten his shot. NFL players are not required to publicly reveal if they’ve been vaccinated.
Say what you want about Simms’ quarterback rankings, but this theory makes sense. Brady might not see value in getting vaccinated if it goes against the TB12 Method and how the three-time NFL MVP lives his life.
In a situation where Brady is skeptical, the who could become the oldest starting quarterback in NFL history should look at the stats. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA).”
Several NFL players have spoken out against the vaccine
Regardless of how Brady personally feels about the vaccine, it is clear that others in the league are wary about the shot.
Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley has stood his ground and said he does not intend to get vaccinated. His comments came weeks after Bills general manager Brandon Beane suggested the team would cut non-vaccinated players to avoid outbreaks and return to normalcy.
Washington defensive end Montez Sweat and Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold each told reporters they needed more facts about the vaccine. The CDC has continued stressing that the vaccine is safe.
Several NFL head coaches, including Washington’s Ron Rivera, have tried doing their part to educate players — and by extension, the public — about the vaccine’s benefits.
The NFL is trying to return to normalcy in 2021
The 2021 NFL season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8, when Brady and his Buccaneers host Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. That night will officially begin the NFL’s hopes of returning to normalcy.
All 32 teams and 30 stadiums have announced there will be zero capacity restrictions during the 2021 season. Teams are still working on getting to the 85% threshold to where the COVID protocols, including testing, will be relaxed.
If Brady is fully vaccinated, he won’t have to worry about multiple tests per week or constantly wearing a mask in the facility. But based on Brady’s reluctance to wear facial coverings throughout the pandemic, the TB12 Method might be anti-mask.