TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the close end of Cameron Brate, who was diagnosed with a new coronavirus from the offseas and has since recovered, called Tom Brady’s participation in organized exercises a “calculated risk” and believes he will not be too different from the choice to play this season.
The brother became infected with the virus, as the training organized by the player took place a few months ago, but his fiancée Brooke, with whom he lives, started to show symptoms first, so he was quarantined before diagnosis.
“At first I tested negative, but at some point I got a contract from her and later I got infected,” Brate said. “For me personally, the only thing I experienced was a loss of appetite for two days. Therefore, I am extremely grateful that I was not one of the people who had some of the more serious symptoms. “
“The way things went, I was in quarantine before I had a positive test or whatever. I think the boys kept working and fortunately I didn̵7;t endanger anyone, which was great,” said Brate, who recovered completely.
The brother said the exercises, which took place several times a week, continued even after he was diagnosed. He said players tried to be responsible and discussed ways to minimize risk.
“It was definitely something we were talking about, definitely something we were trying to figure out how best to do it. we were the only ones shooting a helicopter over us – it was definitely interesting, “said Brate.
“We just tried to avoid the risk of exposing ourselves to as many as possible. We didn’t move, we hugged or anything like that. We just got a little caught outside, so it was a bit of a calculated risk, I’d say we took in that regard. We did our best to try to keep our distance from society and not really get too close together. ‘ “
“I’ll say – it’s scary that if it hadn’t tested positive, I would have continued my life as normal and potentially infected other people,” Brate said. “So it was such a major problem for me, it was so scary that it was a possibility. I think that also applies to many people. “
Now that Brate and his fiancée have recovered, they both plan to donate the plasma as many times as they can, something that Bucs has really brought to him. The brother recently filmed a PSA with OneBlood to encourage people to donate plasma – the liquid part of the blood. According to the FDA, those who have recovered from the infection have antibodies that can help others who are fighting the disease.
As for how he thinks the league is dealing with safety when players report and start training soon, Brate said: “There will always be a risk because you can’t play football at a distance. You play, you block, you sweat, they spit on each other, whatever – there’s a lot going on in football. ‘ “
While no Bucs player checked out in 2020, teammate Donovan Smith voiced social media concerns two weeks before the NFL and NFLPA agreed to daily testing. Smith has since reported into camp on Tuesday. But Brate does not blame the players in other teams that have decided for and respect their decisions.
“There is no difference between summer training and now – there is no vaccine or anything. Everyone is largely concerned with calculating the same risk they have to do for them and their families,” Brate said.
“Everyone has the right to make their own decisions that are best for them and those closest to them. I saw people from all over the league decide to unsubscribe. Sometimes you read the comments and a lot of negative things appear. of their decision. And it’s discouraging to see, because how can you blame someone for putting their health and the health of their family first? “