Tom Brady: “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”

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The man known for reciting “LFG” is now channeling FDR.

“Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” Brady posted on Instagram, with a photo of him drinking from a water bottle at Buccaneers workouts that he has organized.

It’s the latest act of open defiance from Brady, given that the NFL Players Association has recommended that no players work out together before training camp, explaining that the “goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”

The NFLPA isn’t alone in that regard.

“The NFLPA and the NFL are in the same place,” NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills said on a Thursday conference call with reporters, specifically in response to a question from Ian Rapoport of the NFL regarding Brady’s workouts and his Great Depression-era message. Dr. Sills explained that the league hopes to have the “safest possible environment for all our constituents,” and he said that there is a shared risk but also a shared responsibility among players to keep themselves and household members as safe as possible.

This isn’t to pick on Brady. He’s hardly the only quarterback organizing workouts happening without the benefit of NFL/NFLPA protocols and oversight. But Brady is the best quarterback in league history, and he has been the most visible and discussed player in recent months. His words and actions have considerable influence, both on other players in the league and far beyond.

If Brady isn’t taking the threat of the coronavirus outbreak as seriously as he should, why should anyone else? That’s the heart of the problem, and either he doesn’t realize that or he just doesn’t care.

Moreover, it’s another example of the bizarre disconnect currently sweeping the nation regarding the appropriate response to a pandemic that has in recent weeks shown no signs of dying down or going away anytime soon. Brady obviously doesn’t care about any of that, and that’s his prerogative. He just needs to understand the impact that his message will have on others, whether it persuades people to become unconcerned about the situation or whether it gives those who are searching for evidence to support their own lack of concern a fairly strong plank on which to stand.

77 responses to “Tom Brady: “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”

  1. He’s entitled to his opinion…but this is a bad look for his image. Florida is one of the states being hit the hardest and he’s openly mocking the threat.

  2. My brother in laws sister (healthy, in her late 20’s) was on a ventilator for over 20 days and it’s unlikely her lungs will ever be the same again. There is definitely something to fear

  3. Easy to say when you have millions and can get every type of corona test known to man and get preferential medical treatment if need be.

  4. Translated: “The only thing I fear is not being featured in the media every damn day.”

  5. Again, why BB walked and Kraft signed off on it. His leadership has been abysmal in recent years and this is another example.

    Beyond disappointing as a Pats diehard for 38 years. I never thought he would diva like this.

  6. Platitudes don’t generally protect against a rapidly spreading virus. Nor does a mindset of invulnerability. Especially in Florida. Irresponsible remarks like that embolden others to ignore scientific and medical advice. Our society as a whole will suffer from the hubris of Brady and others like him.

  7. Great men lead by example.

    If you’re afraid, stay home, let the real men take care of this. We always do.

  8. Also the Saints. You should fear the Saints…..and the Falcons you should fear the Falcons……oh ya and the Panthers you should certainly fear them as well.

  9. Resurgence in numbers being blamed on Spring Breakers from back in March. Nobody is saying a word about protests that occurred 20 days ago with thousands upon thousands of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder in heavily populated cities.

  10. Drew says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:10 pm
    He’s entitled to his opinion…but this is a bad look for his image. Florida is one of the states being hit the hardest and he’s openly mocking the threat.

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    I have the misfortune to be a resident of Florida. Brady is hardly the only person in this godforsaken state that is not staying inside the house with a mask on his face. I’ve worked at home since a year before this whole Covid-19 situation began, so I’m used to staying in, but when I leave the house to get groceries, fast food, or whatever, I’m shocked at the number of people, even the elderly, not wearing masks. Where I live, I see most of my neighbors gathered in groups outside visiting, for the last few months now. I just keep my distance and wave hello, because Covid has provided me with a great excuse not to make pointless conversation with them. At least Brady is accomplishing something with his teammates. Not to mention the fact that neither the NFL nor the NFLPA are flat out forbidding this sort of activity. For that matter, neither is the governor of Florida, who is too busy trying to get the president to notice him, rather than do anything sensible.

  11. As a New England native, blessed with Brady and Belichick’s excellence for 20 years and reveling in every moment, I am genuinely pained to see TB at this low point. This isn’t simply one of those “football boys will be football boys” issues. He has the power to set examples, and if “No Excuses” in a real pandemic is your rallying cry, then that’s sad to see. That attitude spreads to others in different occupations, and contributes to the spread. Is this so hard to see? I suspect that I am not the only Patriots fan for whom this definitely puts TB few pegs downward on the admiration scale.

  12. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says: “Resurgence in numbers being blamed on Spring Breakers from back in March. Nobody is saying a word about protests that occurred 20 days ago with thousands upon thousands of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder in heavily populated cities.”
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    Nice try. Statistics show Florida covid-19 cases skyrocketing to over 5,000 new cases in a DAY, while other states that ALSO held protests at steady numbers relative to before protests happened.

    So unless Florida protesters were doing something completely different than the protesters in all the other 49 states, your argument is invalid.

  13. That is silly. If he goes crossing an interstate freeway with cars zipping by at 70mph, having no fear will not work. The only thing that works is avoiding risky situations and risky behaviors.

  14. Great men lead by example.

    If you’re afraid, stay home, let the real men take care of this. We always do.

    There are 130,000 dead people that were probably Afraid of the actions of those not smart enough to be afraid.You don’t have the right to endanger anyone’s life but your own.

  15. I’ll always love him but you can clearly see who hes become! belichick couldnt keep him grounded anymore it’s best all parties moved on.

  16. bab13 says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:23 pm
    Platitudes don’t generally protect against a rapidly spreading virus. Nor does a mindset of invulnerability. Especially in Florida. Irresponsible remarks like that embolden others to ignore scientific and medical advice. Our society as a whole will suffer from the hubris of Brady and others like him.

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    Yes, because of Brady, Floridians will ignore the danger of Covid-19 and leave their homes. Maybe they can go eat at one of the restaurants that have opened the dining rooms in the last few weeks. Or they can go to one of the bars and sing along with the jukeboxes, arm in arm with other drunk morons they just met. Or wait, maybe they like bowling. Or they can get that tattoo they’ve always wanted. Then they can go home or to work and share how much fun they had with others. Maybe that’s not all they will share. Tom Brady is not the biggest risk to Floridians. It’s the governor, many of the mayors, and their own personal belief that they can do whatever they please, because America has been made great again.

  17. I historically hate him since im a Steelers fan but i agree with him. Throwing some balls to dudes outside i wouldn’t be worried at all. Enough with the ventilator talk

  18. Foxvalley Programmer says:

    The only thing I have to fear is a ventilator.

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    Last Fall I visited a friend in the hospital with lung cancer (late 40’s, very healthy, non-smoker) He was on a ventilator. It was a terrible sight. He didn’t make it. If they showed people what it’s like to be on a ventilator it might wake up some of these people.

  19. Tough is combat fighting during an ambush or enduring chemotherapy. Ignoring a deadly virus behind the guise of being tough is laughable.

  20. There’s a disconnect alright, but to point the finger at Brady is just convenient clickbait. The NFL and NFLPA are all set to start training camps shortly, and there will be far more risk to players, coaches and staff in that environment than in Brady’s workouts or any other player-organized workouts. So what are players supposed to take away from that stance by the League and the Union?

    When you have a president who won’t take basic precautions and a governor in denial, Floridians have plenty of bad role models in much higher positions than Brady.

  21. Easy for him to say he is rich. And dosent have to make decisions every month about which bills he can afford.

  22. Not inclined to take medical advice from a dude who arrives in Tampa and proceeds to walk into the wrong house.

  23. COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere whether we isolate or not. It has to run its course.

  24. Hes with a handful of guys who are spaced out, out in open space. Its not that big of a deal. Especially since they have probably been tested and they’re probably fine.

    Much ado about nothing.

  25. Well all them working out can stop about 2 weeks before they are suppose to report to make sure they are clear of anything, before they meet the team. I mean seriously they say stay six feet apart. Last time I checked the receivers and QB are more than six feet apart. Running backs probably should have a mask on. But my point is why not work out. Do you honestly think they are the only ones working out? Also if they do well and win the Super Bowl everyone is going to say wow we should have done that to.

  26. darrenkod says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm
    ForWhomTheBellTrolls says: “Resurgence in numbers being blamed on Spring Breakers from back in March. Nobody is saying a word about protests that occurred 20 days ago with thousands upon thousands of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder in heavily populated cities.”
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    Nice try. Statistics show Florida covid-19 cases skyrocketing to over 5,000 new cases in a DAY, while other states that ALSO held protests at steady numbers relative to before protests happened.

    So unless Florida protesters were doing something completely different than the protesters in all the other 49 states, your argument is invalid.

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    It’s rising in 16 states smart guy. So YOUR argument is invalid. Try visiting the CDC website sometime.

  27. Old Tommy Boy is the GOAT. But he’s going to hang on too long like others have. Almost never ends well when you overstay.

  28. I’m pretty sure Brady’s masseuse has already invented a secret antidote for Tom made from bee pollen and yak hooves.

  29. “Moreover, it’s another example of the bizarre disconnect currently sweeping the nation regarding the appropriate response to a pandemic that has in recent weeks shown no signs of dying down or going away anytime soon. ”

    It’s certainly true that it’s not going away anytime soon. But deaths and hospitalizations are going down. The goal of isolation was never portrayed as to prevent everyone from getting sick (that was already a lost cause in March). It was to prevent the health care system from being overrun. It is still the case that the health care system is not being overrun.

  30. I am not sure what all the fuss is with people not staying inside or away from other people. With all that we know (not speculation), we know who is the most vulnerable elderly or other medical condition. And some of those numbers are not due to covid but thats another story. And the experts have recently discoverd it is not as easy to contact covid from touching surfaces as previously thought. Most that get it may not even know or have minor symptoms. You could pass the flu to someone and it could kill them. You turning life off for that risk? NO!

  31. We do not have the ability to lock down 100% even if we wanted to. Because of food needs, medical care, home repairs life etc we would still be at risk being out and about. Locking down may prove to be a bad idea anyway. Some infectious disease experts have warned. Especially if you know how the immune system works. Its a good read if you have the time.

  32. Drew says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    He’s entitled to his opinion…but this is a bad look for his image. Florida is one of the states being hit the hardest and he’s openly mocking the threat.

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    Florida has a Covid death rate of 15 per 100,000. That ranks 28th among the 50 states. Contrast that with New York at 161 per 100,000. Or if you want to leave the Northeast, the heavily restricted states of Michigan and Illinois have death rates of 61 and 53 per 100,000, up to 400 percent higher than Florida. Keep in mind Florida has the most elderly population, so it would be expected to have more Covid deaths.

  33. Looks like he retired in NE after all.

    For those that think, “I’ll be fine, you be scared”, that’s not how you reduce the spread. America tried “you do you…” while Asia then Europe did “we” and “us” and look at the results.

    The evidence is clear. To be so “bold” at this point is comical.

  34. if he can get away with it, then all of the other teams should be doing the same thing. why
    have 1 group with an advantage over the rest of them.

  35. When did recommendations become law and why are we openly trying to incite drama because some people have differing opinions on what is and what isn’t safe FOR THEM?

  36. ironicskepticalcomment says:
    June 26, 2020 at 12:10 am
    And this dude named Patrick……..who smoked you last year.

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    smoked?

    ne dominated the 4th and goodell/boger cheated for you. just be happy goodell did what he did

  37. “Resurgence in numbers being blamed on Spring Breakers from back in March. Nobody is saying a word about protests that occurred 20 days ago with thousands upon thousands of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder in heavily populated cities.”

    Actually almost all protestors wore masks. And there have not been major spikes in any of the cities big protests occurred at.

    What is happening are spikes where people had large gatherings for things like Memorial Day cookouts and nobody worse masks, or the spring breakers etc

  38. I didn’t think I’d ever cheer against Brady after leaving the Patriots but this dude is making it a lot easier to do that.

    Maybe the Patriot Haters got one thing right over the years after all. This guy really is kinda annoying. Yikes

  39. “why are we openly trying to incite drama because some people have differing opinions on what is and what isn’t safe FOR THEM?”

    When one of 2 parties is wearing a mask there is 25% lower chance of transmission if one is a carrier. If both parties wear masks then there is a 75% lower chance of transmission.

    This is not an opinion it is fact. And America is the one and only country in the world wear there is even a debate about masks. Every other country they accept this is the best way to slow the spread and wear them.

    Now America, because foolish people are too weak to wear a mask for a few minutes here and there, has the highest number of cases daily anywhere in the world. Stop being selfish and childish and wear the mask, because if you don’t all you’re stating is you don’t care the slightest about your fellow Americans

  40. tedy54 says:

    I have the misfortune to be a resident of Florida. Brady is hardly the only person in this godforsaken state that is not staying inside the house with a mask on his face. I’ve worked at home since a year before this whole Covid-19 situation began, so I’m used to staying in, but when I leave the house to get groceries, fast food, or whatever, I’m shocked at the number of people, even the elderly, not wearing masks. Where I live, I see most of my neighbors gathered in groups outside visiting, for the last few months now. I just keep my distance and wave hello, because Covid has provided me with a great excuse not to make pointless conversation with them. At least Brady is accomplishing something with his teammates. Not to mention the fact that neither the NFL nor the NFLPA are flat out forbidding this sort of activity. For that matter, neither is the governor of Florida, who is too busy trying to get the president to notice him, rather than do anything sensible.

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    Wow, you sound like a great neighbor.

  41. springfield says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    Great men lead by example.

    If you’re afraid, stay home, let the real men take care of this. We always do.
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    Take care of what – spreading the virus?

  42. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    Resurgence in numbers being blamed on Spring Breakers from back in March. Nobody is saying a word about protests that occurred 20 days ago with thousands upon thousands of unmasked people standing shoulder to shoulder in heavily populated cities.
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    Well, that argument makes zero logical sense. Exposure in March wouldn’t be popping up 3+ months later.

    To your other point – plenty of people are saying plenty about the fear of the virus spreading through the protests. If you look at pictures, you’ll see that the vast majority of protesters are wearing masks.

    Unless you’re talking about the “lockdown” protests which featured unmasked dudes with assault rifles terrorizing government buildings?

    They study these things and do contact tracing. They’ve found that the protests – surprisingly – are not spreading the virus, but parties and gatherings that don’t follow any of the health guidelines do.

  43. Playing football with a few guys in private is definitely more dangerous than mass protests.

  44. packers291 says:
    June 26, 2020 at 9:18 am
    Fatalities are way down.
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    Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, 126,000+ in the United States are noted to have died from the virus to date, a count that multiple experts believe is lower than the actual numbers. Infections are rising, with death being a trailing indicator. In other words, at the unfortunate rate we are going due largely to the non-leadership and horrific example being set by the current presidential administration, with others chipping in with their own bad examples, the United States could be looking at 200k dead from the virus before October.

  45. the irony of quoting fdr, who was crippled by polio- a viral disease which at the time had no vaccine.

  46. amaf21 says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    i wonder who he’ll be quoting next when he gets infected and infects his family.
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    How about Forrest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”

  47. The arrogance of Tom Brady is overwhelming. Maybe he should come out of his castle and see the families affected by the deaths of loved ones, not being able to visit sick ones, families not allowed to have funerals, weddings cancelled, one losing their jobs. Yea Tommy, continue to shove your privileged life in everyone eases face. You continue to show your selfish side playing a game and following no rules as so many dealing with the virus have.

  48. Can somebody please hit on the correct narrative in this story? The shutdown of our country due to COVID19 was to slow the spread and flatten the curve enough for hospitals to prepare for the inevitable. 80% of the country or more will be hit by this. 98% will be fine. The people running around saying “we are all gonna die” are not living in reality. The statistics you should see on the national news every night should be related to how many hospitalizations there are. Period.
    The economy starts to recover in the midst of national outrage and protest, COVID is all but gone from the news for 2 weeks. then, BANG! gotta get that economy back in the tank boys!!! Second wave coming!!! Yes, well over 100,000 Americans have died from this. and no, its not ok because it’s mostly ‘older people.’But, there comes a time when the country can no longer sustain the economic effects of the shut down of our economy. This has gone off the deep end politically and Tom Brady’s statement is 100% accurate. This pandemic will not come close to wiping out our population. Shutting down the economy out of fear and grandstanding to remove a President might.

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