TAMPA - — The Buccaneers have overhauled their team facility with safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They've included everything from mandatory masks, to arrows directing where people can walk, to wearing buzzers that go off when people get too close to each other.
Somehow, Tampa Bay offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs still got to meet quarterback Tom Brady for the first time this week. Wirfs said the chance encounter happened when both players met in a socially-distanced hallway.
"We were just coming around a corner and met each other," Wirfs said via video chat. "He said, ‘What’s up, big dog?’ I thought it was kind of crazy because he’s Tom Brady. Then he asked me how old I was and I told him 21, and he kind of started laughing. He said something like, ‘You think you have experience? I’ve got double your experience.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’"
Brady was a senior at the University of Michigan when Wirfs, the Bucs first-round pick out of Iowa, was born in 1999.