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When the World Stopped, the NFL Didn’t

While it once seemed unfathomable that Tom Brady would leave the Patriots, the circumstances under which his departure took place will always be the more difficult part to believe. On the afternoon of March 18, 2020, when Jason Licht phoned the QB who would later win him a Super Bowl, from Bruce Arians’s home, the world was just beginning to transform into something we’d never experienced.

One week earlier when Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the suspension of the NBA season was the first domino to fall in the sports calendar that plays a part in setting the rhythm of American life.