NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — The New Orleans Saints quarterback has voiced his opinion on whether or not professional football should return in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Drew Brees took to Twitter to voice his concern of the NFL’s handling of the impending restart of the season.
Brees stressed that people need football, and that the NFL will prevent the return of sports if they do not follow current COVID-19 recommendations.
“f the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done,” Brees said in his tweet.
We need Football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done @NFL— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 19, 2020
Given that Louisiana is a football hot bed, the Saints are Super Bowl contenders and the LSU Tigers are defending college champions, many residents are looking forward to the sport starting on time.
The NFL has already cut preseason in half because of coronavirus concerns.
White House Task Force Specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci said playing football in the fall is not a given.
In an interview with CNN’s Dr. SanJay Gupta, Fauci said he had major reservations about playing games without certain safety measures in place.
Fauci told Gupta that unless players are in a bubble insulated from the community, and were being tested nearly every day, it would be hard to see how football could be played this fall.
Fauci said a second wave in the fall could happen, and could be complicated by a predictable flu season, it could mean football could not be played this year.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, issued the following statement to EPSN in response to Fauci’s comments:
“We are developing a comprehensive and rapid-result testing program and rigorous protocols that call for a shared responsibility from everyone inside our football ecosystem.
“We will make adjustments as necessary to meet the public health environment as we prepare to play the 2020 season as scheduled with increased protocols and safety measures for all players, personnel, and attendees.”
Sills said the league is planning on returning on time.
By: WDSU Digital Team