Brady said he has since been vaccinated, but thinks the upcoming season will be "challenging" amid the continued spread of the virus.
"And I think [COVID-19] going to be challenging this year," he said. "I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans."
The players on the Buccaneers are all vaccinated, but Brady anticipates some players contracting the virus regardless, especially because vaccinated players will have fewer movement restrictions than last year.
"It's not like last year, although we're getting tested like last year. It's going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it," he said.
Brady made headlines last February as he and his teammates celebrated their Super Bowl LV victory with a boat parade on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, Florida. At one point, Brady was seen throwing the Lombardi Trophy over the water to his teammate Rob Gronkowski's watercraft.