Recovered! Brate Sacks The Sickness

July 29th, 2020

Cameron Brate, per his Instagram page, contracted COVID-19 and is fully recovered.

Now he’s encouraging those who have fully recovered (assuming they had symptoms at all) and have been symptom-free for two weeks to donate plasma, via

Brate did not share when he was diagnosed or if he was actually sick. Of course, Brate was seen multiple times with several Bucs teammates at informal Tom Brady workouts at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa during the spring.

Who could be surprised? Joe’s just glad Brate is healthy and good to go.

40 Responses to “Recovered! Brate Sacks The Sickness”

  1. Hoops Says:

    Make America Brate again.

  2. danr Says:

    there will people who wonder…

    did a portion of the team get it on purpose before the season started?

    was brady pushing for, or at least hoping they would?

    One way to protect those in high risk, would be to gamble, and make sure all of those who are around you who have no risk factors get it and get over it, thereby reducing the number of potential vectors.

    problem is, this only assuming that you will build any substantial immunity that lasts a season. It seems based on studies out of spain, that without symptoms, immunity only lasts a few weeks.

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    This just in
    The mortality rate for his age group is really minute

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Some key Rays players also had it. And seem to be doing just fine. So far.

  5. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Minute of course unless it’s YOU!!! So yeah statistically you can try to take comfort that between 1-2% DIE from the Covid under the age of 34…that jumps by the way to over 5% in the next age cohort.

    Then as Joe has frequently and responsibly pointed out there is a significant gap between death and illness and “recovery”. “Recovery” has proven difficult for many under the age of 30…taking weeks and months leaving heart disease and other lifelong ailments.

    And again…these players are worried about far more than themselves…virtually ALL of them have families…parents who ARE in danger…spouses with conditions like diabetes.

  6. TampaTown Says:

    How do we know there’s going to be life-long ailments when it hasn’t even been a year? I wonder if COVID will still be a crisis after the election. Hmm…

  7. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    You got it, TT! This is all a hoax. Just like the flu except the kids are immune. Play on!
    So what happens is Demos win? The virus goes away like a “miracle”?
    What happens if the Dear Leader wins? He, Faux News and Beitbarf reveal it was all a conspiracy dreamed up by Hillary and George Soros?

    Joe, if you think I’m being too snarky on TT. my comments aren’t as bizarre as some of the posts on this site.

  8. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Do you know what an EKG is? How about a chest xray. Do you comprehend that TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS can read these tests and the damage?

    So this is all a hoax to keep the President from getting reelected?

    So just help me out a bit. If you were me would you believe the VAST as in more than 99% of scientists, epidimeologists or a blogger with ZERO credentials.

    Now I have NO credentials and so I post attribution for any claims I’ve made.

    So I am HONESTLY and without snark curious as to WHERE you read that Covid will be over after the election. Seriously. WHO is saying that so i can examine their credibility.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    OneBlood…just a shout out to them. A good bunch of people and organization…the Red bus makes it pretty convenient. Just check out their schedule on line. You can make an appointment and they treat you first class. When I get back in town, I’m going to give blood and see if I have Covid antibodies, following Cameron’s suggestion. I hope many JoeBucsFan’s will too.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Perhaps you know. I literally just gave blood today for a routine testing. Wonder if I could have asked them to check for Covid antibodies. Probably too expensive?

  11. gp Says:

    Props to Brate for pushing blood donation!
    Think I mentioned this about a month ago(and got destroyed by a few ‘posters on this page)
    Depending on where you get your information(talking points) there IS debate on this situation amongst scientists, epidemiologists, and front line doctors.

    It has been asked on this site, “Why is America doing so bad as compared to the rest of the world?”.
    Perhaps, the fact that the rest of the world is using treatments that are ‘considered dangerous’ here. Speaking of a specific medication that has been used safely worldwide for over 50 years.

  12. gp Says:

    The bloodbank tests every donation for antibodies

  13. ArmchairGM Says:

    They should already be screening your blood for coronavirus / antibodies. I’m not sure if there’s a number you can call to ask (maybe the one where they provide your cholesterol results?).

    I’m planning on donating plasma once my symptoms are gone. I’m on my 6th week of being sick since I first developed symptoms. It hits everyone differently.

  14. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    TampaTown Says:
    “How do we know there’s going to be life-long ailments when it hasn’t even been a year?”

    LOL. My new nickname for him is Saint Melodramatic.

  15. ocala Says:

    Great post @Hoops

  16. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    bucsfaninoregon Says:
    “Joe, if you think I’m being too snarky on TT. my comments aren’t as bizarre as some of the posts on this site.”

    Life is bizarre!

  17. Colorado Says:

    We’ll be cutting Brate next year when the salary cap decreases. And then we’ll draft his replacement, Trey McBride out of the best university in the west, Colorado State!

    Hell of a good blocker, gives it his all, drives opponents into the GROUND, doesn’t stop until the whistle blows! Fantastic receiver too, good hands, holds balls through hits. The #1 TE in the entire western US!

    Mark my words!

  18. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says:
    “If you were me would you believe the VAST as in more than 99% of scientists, epidimeologists…”

    Saint Melodramatic, I’d like to know where you pulled that number from. I’ve seen a number of doctors or nurses canceled online for every government functionary I’ve seen on TV. Actual doctors who work with patients, not labrats like Fauci who probably never put a stethoscope to flesh, but sure is good at getting money from the Gates Foundation.

  19. D-Rome Says:

    The mortality rate for his age group is really minute

    Mortality rate isn’t the only issue here. Many people who survive COVID have had long term issues.

    stpetebucsfan is correct, it’s all minute until an NFL star gets it an ends up having serious complications with it. All it takes is one and the season is done (unintentional rhyme). Just one guy having serious complications or dying and all H-E-Double Hockey Sticks breaks loose. There have been young athletes that have died from it.

    I hope there’s a season but I’d be willing to make a bet with anyone that not every team in the NFL will play 16 games.

    Also, COVID antibody testing is free with OneBlood.

  20. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says:
    “… Wonder if I could have asked them to check for Covid antibodies. Probably too expensive?”

    With how things are right now, it wouldn’t surprise me if they just go ahead and ad that test. They want testing done every chance they get, and I don’t think they are charging people. I might be wrong on that.

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:

    gp and Cokespoon

    Thanks for that info. My draw today was for a urologist who is just doing his annual PSA test. Then he calls me in to lecture me that my PSA is high.

    I’m not sure what they would have ordered beyond the PSA.

    But you would think there was a protocol passed around the entire nations that all blood tests going forward add an anti body test.

  22. gp Says:

    you would think…..

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    All this whining about player’s safety and such…

    I wait tables in a high volume restaurant…even at 50% capacity we get slammed..

    None of the customers wear a mask once seated…

    How safe is that? I’m not doing this for MILLIONS!.

  24. ArmchairGM Says:


    It’s not safe at all. A mask protects other people more than it does the wearer unless it’s an N95. I most likely got it from gong to the gym where I was the only one wearing a mask. I tried suicidal distancing, but it’s impossible when you’re mid squat and the gym bros decide to have a conversation next to you. Try to limit time around customers without masks and hope for the best.

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I hear you. When our gym reopened I didn’t go at first because of all the fear of contracting it from surfaces. That’s pretty much gone but as you just pointed out in a gym it’ impossible to work out without blowing lots of air and whatever it contains.

    I do not mind a mask and wear one everywhere…except for exercise. By definition you can’t be doing cardio without breathing hard…and squats…well my wife still goes and does the recumbent bike and now the club has returned to mask enforcement.

    I honestly do not know what happens to all the carbon dioxide in a mask if you’re huffing and puffing out of breath.

  26. mark2001 Says:

    Kind of late St. Pete.. went to town….I got an email from Oneblood some time ago that said they do automatically test. As others have said, I think they would test all blood for Covid. I also think they should test for Lymes disease, but as far as I’ve heard, they don’t test for that.

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:


    We may be talking about two different things. I did not “donate” blood today.

    I simply gave a vial for the test my doc requested. It seems prudent for them to go ahead and test for antibodies but not sure they do when they are looking specifically for the PSA.

  28. mark2001 Says:

    St. Pete…I wouldn’t think they would test that in a PSA test. But I’m not sure. If you called your Urologist/Doctor, I’d think they would tell you for certain.

  29. mark2001 Says:

    Armchair…I stopped going for that very reason. How do you keep from exposing others in such close confines? And how do you clean the virus out of a knurls in the metal handles on barbells or dumbells when you grip the bar, which was one of my favorite activities in the gym? A wipe would have almost an impossible time getting down in the grooves. And you wipe the sweat off your forehead, or rub your eyes and nose when moving from one thing to another? I really couldn’t see how I could continue safely. Hated to stop, but didn’t feel like there was any choice.

  30. Radsy Says:

    Antibody studies are highly inaccurate. Also, as danr mentioned, antibodies fade fast. Long term immunity lies in our T Cells. Its a safe presumption to say that once you’ve had COVID, you won’t get it again for quite a while, and if you do, it will be less severe because T Cells will give your immune system the blueprint to build new antibodies. There’s been so few cases of reinfection so far.

  31. mark2001 Says:

    Radsy…I’ve heard that B cells and T cells work together to develop immunity. Some people have more T cell immunity development, and some B. The ones with higher T cell immunity have the longest immunity. And that is why it is important to develop stronger T cell immunity in a Covid Vaccine…triggering B cell immunity is more short term. This article explains it well….”The Search for Immune Responses that Stop COVID-19″ in “The Scientist” publication. Google and check it out…very interesting.

  32. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’ve read similar things about the T cells including one scientist who believes that’s the direction it’s headed in terms of a vaccine.

    Of course the T cell issue was how AID’s killed people and how the newest therapeutics don’t “cure” HIV but they increase the T cells again so people regain their immune systems.

    There is so much we don’t know but there is also a rapidly growing base of knowledge.

  33. SOEbuc Says:

    if no one knows anything about the sickness than I doubt you know what’s going to happen in the future.

  34. SOEbuc Says:

    if anyone knew anything about COVID other than US has most deaths, we would know.

  35. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Stpetebucs fan your stats are way off bud. Its nowhere near that. Its .5% not to mention the death rate is about 25% high give or take because of reporting other deaths as covid. Then take in account that many morenpeople have had it and didntb realize it or get tested. So now that number is around .1 or .2% in reality. Every fact you stated is wrong. Im 35 and had it. Only found out because someone atvwork hadbit and we all got tested. 12 of us in 25 to 45 age range had it and only 1 of usbhad symptoms. He had a fever for 2 days thats it. Stop believing the media hype job. Im telling youbthis from the trenches. Its a slightly more deadly…about 1.5 times more deadly than the flu bro.

  36. stpetebucsfan Says:

    The numbers I posted came from the CDC website.

    As for deaths caused by something else being reported as Covid I haven’t seen reports of that from credible scientist types.

    I have seen speculation from many docs/scientists that Covid deaths are actually underreported and especially in the early days. Many older folks never went to the doc much less the ER and passed away from “natural causes”.

    Most scientists believe we actually have far more deaths than reported. In addition many are now wondering how accurate our numbers are…and not that there high but underreported as early in our state.

    But I concede you can easily manipulate numbers without really lying.

    Say your have two guys. One tests positive the other gets tested negative for three straight tests and so is clean.

    What is the positivity rate? Well if you count ALL the tests…one positive and three negative the rate is 25% if you just count the number of people tested then it jumps to a 50% rate. Which is more accurate?

    What is clearly accurate are over 150,000 DEATHS.

  37. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    mark2001 Says:
    “I also think they should test for Lymes disease…”
    I’m 100% with you on this. Unfortunately, he fedgov will never take Lyme disease seriously, because the town of Lyme, CT sits just across the river from a place called Plum Island, which just so happens to house a bioweapons lab (sort of like Wuhan!). What a coincidence.

    The feds do have a test for it, but it differs significantly from the test used in the private sector. Big surprise.

  38. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    mark2001 Says:
    “… rub your eyes and nose when moving from one thing to another?”

    NOoOoooooo!!! That is the main way people catch corona viruses! Stop it! Mask no good for eyes!

    You must have discipline, Daniel-san!

  39. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Radsy Says:
    “Antibody studies are highly inaccurate… Long term immunity lies in our T Cells… There’s been so few cases of reinfection so far.”
    Yes!! This!!!
    Yet they keep pushing out tests known to be inaccurate, and keep warning of re infection risk! Then, they ignore the fact that studies in Sweden are showing widespread T cell immunity! And so many people keep trusting what the MSM tells us!

  40. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Ftmyersbuc Says:
    “Im telling you this from the trenches.”

    Thank you, Ft Meyers. We have several “trenches” people who frequent this website, but they’ve been very silent for the past several months, and very few people here seem to wonder why.