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TAMPA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 14: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Tom Brady had to overcome a number of challenges to win the Super Bowl in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Between adjusting to a new team, learning a new offense, and navigating a season defined by COVID-19, it

It turns out, the challenges didn’t end when the season for Brady. The 44-year-old recently confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that he contracted COVID-19 last year “shortly after the Super Bowl 55 championship boat parade.”

The report from the Times does not indicate whether or not Brady was symptomatic. We do know Brady has since been vaccinated, with the news earlier this week that the Buccaneers have becomes the second team in the NFL to reach the 100 percent vaccination status, after the Atlanta Falcons.

Brady isn’t the only member of his family to deal with COVID. His parents reportedly contracted ‘severe cases‘ last fall.

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