People.com Entertainment Sports Tom Brady Confirms He Tested Positive for COVID After Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Parade Tom Brady weighed in on the upcoming NFL season in the Tampa Bay Times, saying he thinks coronavirus will "play more of a factor" this year By Gabrielle Duncan Gabrielle Duncan Associate Weekend/Evenings Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 4, 2021 10:22 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tom Brady. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Tom Brady thinks COVID-19 will play an even bigger role on the football field this year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, 44, discussed the potential effects coronavirus will have on the upcoming NFL season in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, during which he also revealed he previously tested positive. The NFL star confirmed he got COVID in February, shortly after the team celebrated their Super Bowl 55 championship with a boat parade. "I think it's going to be challenging this year," Brady said, while speculating how the league will handle the pandemic. "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." Brady continued, "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." Dak Prescott Beats Tom Brady as NFL's Highest-Paid Player for 2021, Forbes Says Chris Graythen/Getty On Thursday, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians announced that "100 percent" of the team's players, coaches, and staff have been vaccinated prior to the new season. Though Brady was not specifically named, the "100 percent" vaccination rate implied that the seven-time Super Bowl winner was included. Brady had yet to disclose his vaccination status publicly. The Atlanta Falcons became the first NFL team to have their entire roster vaccinated against COVID when the team made the announcement in August. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Talks of vaccination rates in the NFL are a hot topic as the 2021 season will begin this month. The NFL currently does not require players to be fully vaccinated against COVID but has implemented quarantine protocols for unvaccinated players. Meanwhile, more NFL athletes are being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list with some team rules being more relaxed than a season ago. Brady joins the club of high-profile players in the league to choose to be fully vaccinated, including Aaron Rodgers. Brady and the Bucs kick off their season on Sept. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.