NFL Plans On Dealing With COVID-19
Pro sports are doing all they can do to ensure they are able to compete amid the coronavirus. The NBA and WNBA have created a bubble for its player to live in while they play. The MLB has also taken precautions to resume its season as well. The NFL has canceled its preseason, but the regular season will go on as scheduled. The NFL plans to reduce its COVID numbers by testing players and essential staffers daily. Players and staff members who test positive will have to self-quarantine for 10 days. After their 10 day quarantine, they must go 72 hours without any symptoms, test negative, and be cleared by a team doctor.
Not all players are on board with the plan the NFL has set forth. The NFLPA just agreed on a new collective bargain agreement. per the new agreement, players who voluntarily opt-out of the season will receive a $150,000 salary advance. There will be a 350,000 stipend for players who have a higher risk of contracting COVID.
Marquise Goodwin a veteran WR who was recently traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring is choosing to opt-out. He and his wife had their first child this past February. Prior to their first child, Marquise and his wife suffered multiple miscarriages. Marquise is choosing to play it safe for him and his family.
Marquise posted a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday explaining his option to opt-out. “Three years ago, I made a decision that affected my whole life. I choose to leave my at the hospital after prematurely birthing our first baby boy (due to incompetent cervix). Which resulted in a fatality, to play in a football game. I felt like I had to prove to my coaches, and my new team that I was dedicated to winning and I wouldn’t let anything keep me from the goal, not even my family”
A year later Marquise and his wife were in the same position. His pregnant wife had to be rushed to the hospital due to complications. Once again Marquise was away for a game. Marquise was faced with another dilemma, does he stay and play, or leave to be by his wife’s side. This time Marquise chooses to leave and be with his wife. Unfortunately, Marquise and his wife lose their twin boys.
Other Players that choose to opt-out
This time around Marquise isn’t taking any chances when it comes to his family and their health. The 29-year-old will miss sitting out on what would have been his 8th season. I’m sure he’ll miss being out there with his teammates, committed to keeping his family safe at all costs. considering what he and his wife have been trough over the past few years, that is very understandable.
Marquise wasn’t the first player opt-out of playing this season. Detroit Lions, John Atkins, Kansas City, Damien Williams, Cleveland Browns, Drew Forbes, and OT, Drake Dorbeck, New York Giants, Nate Solder, N.O Saints, Jason Vander Laan, and Green Bay’s Devin Funchess have all chosen to opt-out. It’s good to see some players take power into their own hands and do what they feel is best for them and their families. it will be interesting to see if any more choose to opt-out.