Tom Brady earned his seventh Lombardi Trophy and sixth Super Bowl MVP award in early February after guiding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory and their second world title in club history in his first season.

Brady contracted COVID-19 later that month, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.

Tom Brady said “yes” when asked whether he had ever had COVID in a story published Saturday by the Times.

Tom Brady, who has been vaccinated (along with every other Buccaneers staff member, coach, and players), told the Tampa Bay Times that he thinks the virus will pose an even greater challenge to his squad this season.

“I believe this year will be difficult,” Tom Brady said. “I really believe it will play a larger role this year than it did last year, only because of the way we’re doing things now, the way the stadium will look, the way the travel will look, and the public in the building and the spectators.

“It’s not the same as last year, even though we’re being challenged the same way we were last year,” Brady added. “It’s going to be, I’m sure people have to go out at various times, and we’re just going to have to deal with it.”

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers handled COVID-19 better than any other team in the league last season on their way to winning the Super Bowl. Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hopeful they can repeat the feat this year.