You can win six Super Bowls on your way to becoming a shoo-in first-round Hall of Fame quarterback, but even Tom Brady doesn’t have enough mojo to overcome a coronavirus stay-at-home order.
The longtime New England Patriots signal-caller was spotted working out alone in a park in Tampa Bay on Monday, but was approached by a staff patrol officer and asked to leave because of the rule, The Associated Press reported.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told reporters during a news conference that the newly-signed Buccaneers QB had “been sighted” in the park by a staffer who didn’t recognize him until she walked up to Brady.
“Our parks are closed down, so a lot of our parks staff, they patrol around just to make sure people aren’t in there with contact sports and things,” Castor said, according to ESPN. “She went over to tell him that it was closed, and it was Tom Brady.
“Our parks are closed down so a lot of our park staff patrol around…and saw an individual working out in one of our downtown parks. She went over to tell him it was closed. And it was Tom Brady.” https://t.co/fASoW4tCpu pic.twitter.com/u2Sbaczdwz
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) April 20, 2020
The city tweeted from its official account Monday, “Sorry @TomBrady! Our @tampaparksrec team can’t wait to welcome you and our entire community back with even bigger smiles — until then, stay safe and stay home as much as you can to help flatten the curve.”
Sorry @TomBrady! Our @tampaparksrec team can’t wait to welcome you and our entire community back with even bigger smiles — until then, stay safe and stay home as much as you can to help flatten the curve. https://t.co/qRhReqqdK0
— City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) April 21, 2020
The AP noted that Brady recently moved his family out of the New England region into a furnished mansion in Tampa that he is renting from Major League Baseball star Derek Jeter.
Brady, 42, a four-time Super Bowl MVP, has played his entire career up to this point in New England. He joined the team in 2000 after leading setting passing and completion records at his alma mater, the University of Michigan.
He signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in the off-season, which will pit him against another likely first-round Hall of Fame winner and fellow 40-odd-year-old QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, who have won the NFC South for three straight years.
ESPN noted that the NFL’s offseason training program would have normally begun his week were it not for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not clear yet whether there will even be a 2020 NFL season; other organized professional sports leagues have either canceled their seasons or postponed them.
“Instead, teams will be holding virtual offseason programs, with the expectation that players work out on their own while following CDC guidelines,” ESPN reported.
It’s not the first time that Brady has received a shout-out from a Florida elected official. Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned the QB last week during a discussion about when professional sports could return.
“I mean, people are watching, we’re watching, like, reruns from the early 2000s, watching Tom Brady do the Super Bowl then, which is neat because he’s gonna be in Tampa, and I think they have a chance to win a Super Bowl this year,” DeSantis said. “But I think people, to be able to have some light at the tunnel, see that things may get back on a better course, I think from just a psychological perspective, I think, is a good thing.”
Some NFL officials have expressed confidence that the season — which formally begins in August with pre-season games — will, in fact, be held, but there has been no official confirmation of that.
The 2020 NFL Draft will kick off Thursday and last through Saturday, but it will be a virtual event, without players and fans, in Bristol, Conn. It will be simulcast across ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network, the league reported.
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Jan. 6 committee chair Benny Thompson offers a stunning take on potential Trump criminal actions - January 2, 2022
- Life-long New Yorker posts ‘sad’ Twitter ode on post-pandemic Big Apple being ‘shadow of its former self’ - January 2, 2022
- NYPD officer shot in head in police lot as he slept in vehicle between shifts - January 2, 2022
PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.