Former Cowboys Star and three times Super Bowl champion, Michael Irvin has called players to get vaccinated and criticize his team for being among the teams with fewer vaccination rates, meaning they won’t be able to return to practices because of it.
Among other measures to ensure the league can play out COVID-free and with the least amount of risk, the NFL set a lot of restrictions for teams that don’t get 85% of their players vaccinated. There is going to be a competitive advantage for teams that meet that threshold because they will be able to practice more and have more meetings.
Irvin heavily criticized players who aren’t getting vaccinated and called out on them saying that their main priority wasn’t to become champions:
“Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn,” Irvin said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “Nothing else can be more important. You’re not going to get this [winning a Super Bowl] easily. Nothing else could be more important. … Jimmy [Johnson] made that abundantly clear [during Irvin’s playing career]. Nothing else is more important. And not being one of the [85 percent vaccinated teams] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that makes me worried.”
The hall of fame player stated that if he were still playing, he would make it a priority to ensure that his colleagues were vaccinated, and he urged the Cowboys’ team leaders to do the same. Players that refuse to get vaccinated are doing everything possible to make their teams losers next season.