Jun 10, 2021; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera stands on the field during drills as part of minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Ron Rivera pleads with WFT anti-vaxxers to get vaccinated

Cancer survivor Ron Rivera, head coach of the Washington Football Team, is confounded by the anti-vaccination sentiment evident in his team’s league-low vaccination numbers.

Rivera, who is immunocompromised after a battle with cancer in 2020, didn’t mask his frustration with players on the Washington Football Team for dragging their feet in seeking COVID-19 immunizations.

As of July 26, the NFL said the Washington Football Team was only 60 percent vaccinated.

“I’m truly frustrated. I’m beyond frustrated. Part of the reason I walk in with a mask on is I’m immune-deficient. And with this new variant … who knows,” Rivera said. “I just hope that our guys can understand that.”

Hoping not to be forced to add COVID survivor to the medical challenges he has defeated, Rivera allowed he will share information but ask players to make their own decision.

“I think the big thing really is — have individual conversations,” he said. “I’m not going to tell anyone what to do. I hope we can get to these guys, to help them understand it’s not just to them, but also the folks around them.”

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