The National Football League took a strong regarding vaccination status. While they won't force players to get the vaccine (somewhere, Cole Beasley smiles), the rules and protocols for unvaccinated players are severe and harsh.
Also, high staff members are required to be vaccinated ahead of the season. That's why some players are advocating for vaccination and trying to get their teammates to try and avoid fines, cancelations, or missing time.
And, surprisingly given his political views and stance, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has now become one of the league's top advocates for vaccination, helping take his team's vaccination percentage to over 93%.
Jerry Jones On The Covid-19 Vaccine: Getting Vaccinated Is About Team Accountability, Common Good
When asked about what he would tell the players who don't want to be vaccinated, the controversial mogul shared a strong stance and spoke on how they need to be less selfish and think about the common good:
(Transcript via ProFootballTalk)
“I don’t really say anything here,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Mark Lane of WFAA, before saying a lot. “To me, this is a team game. We rely on each other to play. We rely on each other to win. We have to have each other. There’s 11 guys out there at any one time to be trite about it. You have to count on the other guy being available, and you certainly don’t want to be doing anything that causes your teammates to not be available. All of that comes to the same conclusion as far as what you agreed to be as far as a player, be part of a team. You check ‘I’ at the door, so to speak. All of those has an answer."
“Everyone has a right to make their own decisions regarding their health and their body. I believe in that completely until your decisions as to yourself impacts negatively many others. Then, the common good takes over. And I’m arm-waving here, but that has everything to do with the way I look at our team, the Cowboys, or the way I look at our society. We have got to check ‘I’ at the door and go forward with ‘we.’ Your Dallas Cowboys are doing that.”
Hopefully, we'll be able to get through the season safe and sound. We don't want any more postponements, rescheduling, or anything like that. We don't want to put an asterisk next to the season.