NFL Season Kicking off with a COVID-19 Twist

Grayson Stanford, Newspaper Writer

The NFL (National Football League) season kicked off on September 10,  7:20 pm. The Texans will play against the Chiefs on Thursday night for national television to start the 2020-2021 season. They are playing even though COVID-19 is still in season. Many teams are putting restrictions on fans and stadiums so that everyone stays safe.

Roger Goodell, the president of the NFL, stated in an interview with Mike Greenberg on ESPN, “we can obviously prevent as many of those (COVID-19 cases) from happening, but the issue is, can we treat them quickly, isolate them, and prevent them from impacting other people?”

Roger Goodell knows that there will be a lot of COVID-19 cases and wants to quarantine the infected to try to limit the exposure. Roger thinks that dealing with the virus quickly will stop it spreading. To enforce this, he’s making people wear masks on the sidelines but other than that, most of the responsibilities are left to the states and teams.

Michael McCarthy, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, reported last month that the NFL will not allow live national anthem performances before games in 2020. The national anthem will still be sung or played before each game, but the performances will be pre-recorded. The objective is to limit the number of people on the sidelines who can potentially infect players and coaches with COVID-19.

The NFL is limiting the amount of people on the sidelines and ordering people to social distance so they don’t infect any players or coaches.  The games won’t have as many people on the sidelines as a normal season would because the less people, the less exposure.  

“I agree (with the guidelines) because they need to stay safe to continue the season.” said Owen Quinlan, 7.

Hopefully, the NFL season can continue and that all players and staff members stay safe and healthy.