Over the past few weeks, the NFL has seen nearly 70 players decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the concerns playing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While most of the NFL's best players have committed to playing the 2020 campaign, college football can not say the same. Several of the sports biggest stars and likely future first-round NFL Draft picks -- Virginia Tech's Caleb Farley, Minnesota's Rashod Bateman and Penn State's Micah Parsons -- have all decided to skip the upcoming fall season.
Former Florida State star and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has taken notice of the opt-outs, and he has a clear position on it. Sanders took to Twitter to share his disappointment in those choosing not to play this fall.
“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders tweeted. “This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth.”
All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u. This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref,umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) August 7, 2020
Technically, Sanders is correct -- as both the NFL and college football currently plan on competing this fall. However, major conferences, such as the Big Ten, have currently halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.
Sanders' comments come just days after Washington Football Team defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said he would keep his opinions to himself on those who are opting out.
As the NFL and college football continue to plan to play this fall amid the pandemic, it's natural that people will have different opinions on the matter. However, everyone should be able to agree that the health of each player should be the most important factor in what each individual decides to do.
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