Devin Funchess on opting out: “Family is first”

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Packers receiver Devin Funchess won’t play in 2020. He explained his decision in a Tuesday social-media post.

“Family is first,” Funchess said. “Always has been. Always will be. In such unpredictable times, it’s been one of the constants on my mind as I’ve worked through one of the toughest decisions of my life.

“My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 first hand and for their own and my safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. This was not a decision I took likely but it’s what is best for my family and myself at this time.

“I can’t thank the Packers organization enough for their understanding and for giving me the opportunity to be part of one of the most storied franchises in the league. I look forward to getting back to work with them next season.”

Funchess, a second-round pick of the Panthers in 2015, received a $1 million signing bonus on a one-year deal. His contract will toll to 2021, at a salary of $1.2 million.

As players make the excruciating choice to not play, their decisions should be respected. They’re giving up the ability to play and to get paid, and they’re assume the risk that, by the time they return next year, the organization may decide to stick with their replacements.

24 responses to “Devin Funchess on opting out: “Family is first”

  1. We wish nothing but good health for Devin and his family. Looking forward to seeing you back for the 2021 season.

  2. Seems like a difficult yet thoughtful decision. I wish him and his family well and safety for everyone affiliated with the NFL whether or not they choose to opt out.

    On a related note this does breathe some new life into MVS, EQ, Lazard and the young WRs whose playing time were going to be impacted by Funchess’s minutes.

    GoPackGo!!

  3. family first during a pandemic equals has never been motivated to Packer fans. No wonder they so easily have no problem cheering for Aaron Rodgers.

  4. “Another smart one steps foward.”

    He is literally one of the dumbest people in the history of the world. Passes up millions of dollars over a fake virus that poses a risk to virtually nobody

  5. Wafflestomp says:
    July 28, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    Classy individual to explain his situation when none is needed.
    ——-
    Whereas classless individuals make lame jokes about this happening on other teams, while lacking the wherewithal to know this is going to happen on every team.

  6. Unless he’s caring for senior citizens or someone with a depleted immune system he would be fine. But I do support his right to choose what he wants.

  7. I take notice of the players who take the care to correctly spell and punctuate their messages. It’s a sign of thoughtfulness, consideration and respect to the audience. How many players would instead just punch out some grammar abomination with a handful of emojis and misplaced caps and expect everyone to get it? I bet Funchess went to class, or maybe just his agent did, but I’m nonetheless giving him points for being intelligible.

  8. RMoss84HOF says:
    July 28, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    July 28, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    Classy individual to explain his situation when none is needed.
    ——-
    Whereas classless individuals make lame jokes about this happening on other teams, while lacking the wherewithal to know this is going to happen on every team.
    ___________

    Really? You show me one instance where I criticized or mocked an individual player for his decision to opt out.

    I’ve been very clear over the last several weeks that every single player has every right to nix this season and no fan should criticize their decisions to play or not.

    Seriously, find something else to cry about.

  9. It’s pretty easy to “opt out of work” and claim family is first when you get paid millions of dollars every year.
    I wish I could opt of not working. My family comes first so I continue to work to provide for them.

  10. Let me opt out of my job tomorrow. Oh wait…i care about who elses’ families it affects down the road outside of my own.

  11. Pay me his salary and I will self quarintine, have meals cooked and sent in special, and spend my only time out of my room at the facility. My family will be fine seeing me again in several months, kind of like being deployed in the Navy, or doing a tour in Afghanistan, or working the pipeline in Alaska. Man up.

  12. His right. But I haven’t missed a day since this started and I go into 7-8 strangers’ houses a day. There are about 15 of us and no one has gotten sick yet. He has the option to never play again if that’s what he wants to do. I’m not sweating him or any other millionaire drama queen who opts to stay home while everyone else guts it out. But as someone else on here said, you can get it anywhere. People get paid a hell of a lot less to do more dangerous stuff everyday.

  13. trevor123698 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    “Another smart one steps foward.”

    He is literally one of the dumbest people in the history of the world. Passes up millions of dollars over a fake virus that poses a risk to virtually nobody

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    150,000+ dead. Your comment sounds like “famous last words” to me. Take care of yourself, buddy, it is too easy to infect yourself, then your family, and those all around you with that attitude.

  14. There’s too much emphasis on the “dead” numbers. The biggest tragedy will be the 30M-40M injured people who will have heart, kidney, lung, respiratory, and other associated health problems for the next thirty years.

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