Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; NFL Network  analyst Deion Sanders during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park.  Mandatory Credit: Douglas Defelice-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Deion Sanders takes aim at players who opt out

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders has taken issue with players who elect to opt out on their respective upcoming seasons due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders wrote 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 did not mention specific names, or even whether he intended to address the NFL, college football or another sport for that matter.

It should be noted that the NFL’s opt-out deadline was Thursday, with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess, New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung and New York Giants tackle Nate Solder among those announcing that they won’t play in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson took aim at Sanders’ post on Twitter.

“Would the players that actually thought the game would stop because they opted out for health concerns please stand up? …. smh #NobodyThoughtThat,” Watson wrote.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.