NFL great Deion Sanders has called out those players who have opted out of playing as he has underlined to them that sports will continue to run with or without them. The NFL opt-out window has been closed -- Sanders is presumably not concerned that much about opt outs in other sports -- so his message was most likely directed toward college football players.
"All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders said on Twitter. “This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself.
Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth”. Sanders, a Hall of Fame defensive end, is considered by some the greatest defensive player to have ever played the game.
During his illustrious career, Sanders played for five teams -- won two Super Bowls, made eight Pro Bowls, made the First-team All Pro 11 times, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1994. A number of players opted out of playing the NFL season but the biggest names and stars are planning to play.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz says canceling high school sports would be a big loss for kids like him
The Governor is recommending that all high school sports get canceled in Pennsylvania and Ertz says if he was a kid, that would hurt him a lot.
“I want kids to be healthy, first and foremost,” Ertz said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “That’s the primary goal. But I remember being 15 years old with my parents separated. I was the oldest of four boys.
I was so frustrated. The only thing that I knew how to do, the only way I could express myself, was playing football. All I did was lift weights, play football, play basketball. And that allowed me to release my internal stress and pressure that had built up inside of me because of what was going on.
"Obviously, football costs money. So if they were to disband football, where does that money go? I would love to see it invested in these kids to make sure that they’re OK and taken care of, and not on the streets from 3 to 7. I was fortunate enough to have football. I was not out on the streets from 3 to 7."