Sean Payton has a new perspective after COVID-19 diagnosis

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Saints coach Sean Payton seems to be recovering well, in his home quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

And he also seems to be realizing that as the first NFL face of the disease, he has a responsibility to share his message.

Payton told Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America that the focus right now needs to be on taking care of the people who take care of us, and to be cognizant of the people around us.

“Look, I feel well. I’ll get better, and we’ll go on, and we’ll have the draft in some way, shape or form,” Payton said. “That’s not what’s important right now. What’s important is our health-care workers, our doctors and nurses, on the front lines of this thing. We’ve got to take care of them.

“For now, this is our life, and we’ve got to be prepared for it. Some basic stuff in all of our lives is going to be threatened. We’ve all got to exercise a little more social responsibility. We all felt invincible at some point in our lives, as young people do now. But think of the person you might be affecting.”

Payton tested positive last week, the first person in the NFL family to do so.

The 56-year-old is thankful he’s recovering well, knowing many others haven’t been as fortunate. That’s going to require some care, considering he’s been at places full of people like the Scouting Combine in February, and a horse race in Arkansas last weekend.

“When all is said and done, a third of every group in the country might get it,” he said. “And we’ve got to be careful about spreading it, of course. [Saints offensive coordinator] Pete Carmichael has diabetes, so we’ve got to be careful about him, and everyone really.”

He’s quarantined himself in his home for a week now, and will for at least another one. And while the nuts and bolts of football offseasons are changed, he’ll still participate in a teleconference today with the league’s Competition Committee to discuss rules changes.

And he’s grateful to be able to.

4 responses to “Sean Payton has a new perspective after COVID-19 diagnosis

  1. Great message from an amazing coach, one of the truly best in today’s NFL.
    Get well soon, Coach.

  2. Yep taking care of the people in healthcare is key here.

    If we can’t be smarter we are gonna wear them out and get them infected also.

    The kids running around is a problem. Then again I guess it is a byproduct of never being told no in their existence they don’t get it.

  3. That’s it? That’s his message? It should have been much harsher than that. He should have said; “I did not listen to the CDC and recommendations to shelter in place. I put other people in danger. I am sorry for that. I was an idiot. Everybody needs to listen to the health experts and NOT leave your home unless absolutely necessary, until things get better”.

    But just like Senator Rand Paul, these types of guys don’t do what they are all telling you and I to do. The arrogance of people like this are putting all of us in danger. Oh, but your healthy, you say! Ok. How about mom, dad, grandma, grandpa? How about those that are battling something else already and cannot be exposed to your “healthy” self because you just had to go to the horse races, or to the bar?

  4. blowncallssuck says:
    March 23, 2020 at 9:19 am
    The kids running around is a problem. Then again I guess it is a byproduct of never being told no in their existence they don’t get it.
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    “…..he’s been at places full of people like the Scouting Combine in February, and a horse race in Arkansas last weekend.”

    Yet, I do not see anybody chastising Coach Payton. Why is that? Perhaps he’s never been told no in his whole existence.

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