NFL Players Start Hashtag, Voice Concerns Over Health and Safety Protocolsby Joe Heller July 19, 2020 0 comments
The latest hashtag that’s picking up steam is from numerous NFL players.
#WeWantToPlay is flooding Twitter. Players from across the NFL have been sharing their thoughts on the upcoming season, one filled with uncertainty. They are calling on the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to protect them and their families, as camps are beginning to get underway in the coming days.
The players are calling on the league to adhere to any and all guidelines set by government officials and medical experts, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in various cities and states around the country. The players just want to safely play the sport they love and get paid to play.
Here are a handful of tweets from NFL players regarding this season:
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
I am concerned.
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. 🤷🏾
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 19, 2020
If #AdamSilver can respect the voices and protect his @NBA players why can’t @NFLcommish do the same? Listen to your players. If we want to have a full season it will have to look different with OUR safety as the priority. @NFL make the necessary changes. #WeWantToPlay
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 19, 2020
We all want to play this season, but we need to stay safe in order to actually have a season! It’s time for the @NFL to step up and do their part so that us players can be safe at work and go play the game we love! #WeWantToPlay
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) July 19, 2020
Richard Sherman, who never minces words, was a bit more direct:
The NFL has ignored the safety recommendations from the experts that THEY hired. We all love this game and want to go out and compete with our brothers. The NFL needs to provide a safe work environment for us to do that. #WeWantToPlay
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 19, 2020
It’s a shame that the @nfl doesn’t care about doing their part to keep players healthy and safe. They need to make sure football can come back the right way. We have to look out for ourselves as well as our families. #WeWantToPlay
— AD_99 (@AaronDonald97) July 19, 2020
Do y’all want to see this??
Before players can go back to work the @NFL needs to address the health and safety concerns from their own experts so we can remain healthy. If you want the @AZCardinals to have a full season this year help us by telling the @NFL! #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/CErsyZJb1A
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) July 19, 2020
The list goes on and on, with every player sharing similar sentiments. They want to play, so it’s up to Roger Goodell and the league to implement strict and safe guidelines for NFL players. Even without fans in the stands, everyone wants the return of the sport they love to watch every Sunday.