Tom Brady posts photos of ongoing workouts with this message: “No excuses”

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The man who was once found to be in violation of vague and poorly applied rules of the NFL is spurning the clear recommendations of the NFLPA.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady led offseason workouts on Tuesday with at least a dozen players, two days after the union representing all players advised them to stop doing so until training camp, due to the pandemic. The effort wasn’t private or quiet or discreet; Brady posted various photo of himself at workouts. One shows him standing roughly three feet away from tight end Rob Gronkowski, with this message: “No excuses.”

“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA medical director, recently wrote in an email to all players. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”

At a time when many Americans can’t agree on the appropriate balance to strike on social distancing, mask wearing, etc. as the coronavirus continues to spread, to sicken, and to kill, Brady’s message isn’t shocking, but it is a bit jarring. It’s basically a middle finger to the NFLPA’s recommendation, along with a thumb’s up to any other players on any other teams who want to defy the recommendation, too.

Anyone who cares about winning will likely do so. Brady is doing what he has to do to get his teammates and himself ready for the season. If others don’t, advantage Brady and the Buccaneers.

That actually makes the flaunting of Brady’s decision to ignore the union’s recommendation even more surprising. He should want the edge that comes from his competitors not preparing themselves for competition if they are complying with the suggestions of the NFLPA. His compulsion to show the world that he still follows the New England #NoDaysOff mantra and to drop his “LFG” message (it’s surprising he hasn’t tried to trademark that, too) is also reminding other players on other teams that they need to be doing the same thing now if they want to win football games later.

29 responses to “Tom Brady posts photos of ongoing workouts with this message: “No excuses”

  1. I havent heard of one college or pro athlete dying or being gravely ill that has tested positive. In fact, I havent heard any of them even being mildly sick in this latest “onslaught” of positive tests. Most reports are that these players are not even aware they have an illness when screened as positive.

    College athletics, MLB, NFL, NHL – all mass positive tests, yet no major illness throughout the bunch? Hopefully, and most likely, this thing is winding down. Game on.

  2. Perhaps Brady has done his research and found out the only stats that are increasing in Florida is cases and tests. Imagine that, when you test more, you find more cases. These new cases tend to be among younger people who can handle it better. Hospitalizations are flat, ICU and ventilator use are down, and deaths continue to decrease.

    This is called flattening the curve and getting closer to herd immunity. Isn’t that what we wanted? Let these young men (if you can call Brady young) do their workouts without this phony concern about increased case numbers.

  3. Good for them.

    Unless you’re over 80 with underlying health conditions covid isn’t a death sentence. Get back to work and play. Nobody promised you tomorrow

  4. “Well, nobody specifically said we CAN’T…”

    Clearly, Brady learned his lessons on sportsmanship and fair play in New England and is taking them to Tampa. Too bad for Tampa that Brady was done LAST year.

  5. Good for you Tom!! We all need to stop drinking the kool-aid and get back to living our lives however that looks for each one of us.

  6. Unless you can lock down like CCP did in China, there is no point to lock down, lockdown should apply to senior people who are older than 65.

  7. Get that COVID 19 herd immunity now Tom. It will help you during the season.

  8. Millions of people violate “medical consensus” daily by eating too much, drinking too much, not wearing sunscreen, not wearing seatbelts – all activities that put you at higher risk for premature death. Why the uproar over Tom Brady practicing with others?
    Must be the NFL offseason and must be someone named Brady…

  9. gronkhof says:
    June 23, 2020 at 5:44 pm
    Millions of people violate “medical consensus” daily by eating too much, drinking too much, not wearing sunscreen, not wearing seatbelts – all activities that put you at higher risk for premature death. Why the uproar over Tom Brady practicing with others?
    Must be the NFL offseason and must be someone named Brady…
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    sub-moronic.

    All behaviors that are self induced.

    Contagious- being transmittable to others.

  10. Brady will break rules if it gives him an advantage. I love him. He’d be successful in any occupation.

  11. Brady will break rules if it gives him an advantage.

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    charliecharger,

    You must helped the ball boy doctor the balls before he got the needle.

    Care to tell how you doctored the balls without needle?

  12. Brady with a chip on his shoulder. If there’s a season, I like Tampa Bay’s chances, even though he’s 43.

  13. Seeing he survived Bibi Jones I don’t think the COVID 19 could put a dent in Gronk’s immune system.

  14. daddeeo says:
    June 23, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    I don’t see Stidham doing this… advantage Bucs indeed.

    Stidham has been working out with Edelman and Damien Byrd. Working hard at it also. Do some research.

  15. 3xapple says:
    June 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    “Well, nobody specifically said we CAN’T…”

    Clearly, Brady learned his lessons on sportsmanship and fair play in New England and is taking them to Tampa. Too bad for Tampa that Brady was done LAST year

    _

    Pay attention to the “he was done last season “ crowd..

    They will slowly disappear as always when / if the season starts.
    Brady will do as he always does, prove them writing. As usual.
    Anyone who looks at last season and says “he’s done” doesn’t know what they are watching.

    Unless they know more than the players and coaches who say otherwise

  16. HagemeisterPark says: “I havent heard of one college or pro athlete dying or being gravely ill that has tested positive.”
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    CODY LYSTER, 21-yr-old college baseball player at Colorado Mesa University. Died April 8, 2020.

  17. No excuses… but… lots of bogus pass interference,
    lots of bogus holding calls, lots of under-inflated balls,
    and lots of shady videotaping of opponents.

  18. patriotsrmc says:
    June 23, 2020 at 7:27 pm
    daddeeo says:
    June 23, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    I don’t see Stidham doing this… advantage Bucs indeed.

    Stidham has been working out with Edelman and Damien Byrd. Working hard at it also. Do some research.

    6 3 Rate This

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    Not since the union said NO. Brady is showing horrendously poor leadership and he did it the last 2 years in NE by flipping off his teammates and skipping otas.

  19. Not since the union said NO. Brady is showing horrendously poor leadership and he did it the last 2 years in NE by flipping off his teammates and skipping otas.
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    You cry about OTAs for two years straight then you cry when Brady gets a group together to gel in the off-season. Now it’s bad leadership? Maybe Brady is just flipping you off.

  20. dannywhite11,

    There was no pandemic happening the last two years when Brady blew off OTAs. Would have been helpful if he could have worked with the new young receivers. He used the excuse he needed to spend more time with family. So now this year he doesn’t need to spend more time with the family? He clearly had no interest in working with his young receivers the last couple of years

  21. He clearly had no interest in working with his young receivers the last couple of years
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    Who would want to that YEAR AFTER YEAR, but system born idiots give all the credit to coach?

    Brady didn’t need top paid WR; he didn’t need top paid O-line; he took pay cut. Why couldn’t the “genius” coach give him a stable WR group?

  22. He used the excuse he needed to spend more time with family. So now this year he doesn’t need to spend more time with the family?
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    So you do not think he has spent plenty of time with his family during the pandemic? Which new young receivers were not injured for OTAs last season? Last time I checked Brady still led the team to a SB in one of those years he skipped OTAs. Maybe Brady should have skipped all prior OTAs so the Pats would have won 1/2 the SBs in the past 20 years. Sounds dumb, right?

  23. Dude, it’s over. Brady wreaks of desperation right now. It’s kinda sad.

    He is not on the level of at least the top 5 QBs in this league, perhaps more, and the young guys are only going to get better. Time to run for office or something stupid like that

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