Matthew Stafford plans to stop licking his fingers

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We’re all forced to learn new habits because of the COVID-19 shutdowns, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is no different.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford said he’s making a conscious effort to not lick his fingers before he throws.

Considering he generally receives a football from beneath the sweaty rear end of another football player, one might think that was a practice he’d have adopted before coronavirus made us more aware of our hand hygiene.

But it’s a small reminder of how deeply things are going to change.

Stafford (shown here far less than six feet away from Drew Brees) said that while throwing in California with teammates during the break, he noticed guys clicking their clears together instead of high-fiving at the ends of sessions.

And postgame handshakes and hugs could become a thing of the past, as players might still be thinking about social distancing once games resume.

13 responses to “Matthew Stafford plans to stop licking his fingers

  1. Yeah sure, that’s going to help Stafford win a playoff game, lol!

    Guy has been there since 2009 with Calvin Johnson and can’t stay turnover free to save his life. The Lions need a new QB ASAP.

  2. Even a pro with ginormous hands gets a better grip with wet fingers. It won’t be an easy habit to break.

  3. It’s a behavioral change that isn’t going to be easy to change. Doesn’t matter the Lions are years out from competing in that division.

  4. By the end of the season every NFL player will have likely caught this virus. Just sitting in those crowded meeting rooms for hours on end will spread it from one player to the entire team and coaching staff. These guys are beasts and I doubt any player will even miss a game from this virus.

  5. You mean to tell me that during a game guys are going to be banging / grabbing each other along with sweating all over the place are going to be afraid to shake hands and hug after the game? Am I missing something here?

  6. Drew Brees is another one who constantly licks his fingers before throwing the ball. I’ve thought that was yuk for years!

  7. It will take only ONE player or staff member to test positive, and that will be all she wrote.

  8. Imagine the new ball gate that will happen when the balls aren’t sanitized between each play! Seriously. Licking fingers is an issue but NOT THE ISSUE. Human hands touching balls. There will have to be a ball sanitizer person to process balls. You could have a dozen balls available for the game, but after each play you’ll need to bring in one of those balls and then to process the used ball. This is going to be fun. And what happens when the New England ball boy takes the balls into the restroom?

  9. kneedragr says:
    May 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    By the end of the season every NFL player will have likely caught this virus. Just sitting in those crowded meeting rooms for hours on end will spread it from one player to the entire team and coaching staff. These guys are beasts and I doubt any player will even miss a game from this virus.
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    Tell that to Von Miller.

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