NFL’s Baker Mayfield Says Vaccines Are Much More Than A ‘Competitive Advantage’
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield posts positive message about COVID-19 vaccines.
He spoke openly about how it would benefit the players and humanity to get the shots.
"It's a competitive advantage, but it's also much more than that," the 26-year-old athlete told reporters from his youth soccer camp on Wednesday. "It's about safety and only about the general health and well-being of human life."
Baker, on the competitive advantage of high vaccination rates within a team. “That is a competitive advantage, but also a lot more. It's about safety, just the general health and well-being of human life. ”Pic.twitter.com/JuXI1m1NoC
- Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 21, 2021
Positive COVID-19 tests handicapped the Browns during the coronavirus pandemic, forcing them to close their practice facility. Sports Illustrated notes that the team played a game "basically without most of their wide reception room" last season.
The NFL urges teams to have more than 85% of their players vaccinated before most of them open training camp on July 27th. The league reported last week that 10 teams hit the target and 73% of the league-wide players had at least one shot. Unvaccinated players must take precautions such as daily testing, wearing masks, limiting the number of players in the rooms, and not eating in the cafeteria.
However, Mayfield's remarks also focus on the bigger picture.
Over the weekend, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, predicts that "most" unvaccinated Americans who have not yet had COVID-19 will contract the Delta variant - and it will be the "heaviest" virus of theirs Life.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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