Von Miller considered opting out, tells teammates to take COVID-19 seriously

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Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller was one of the first NFL players to test positive for COVID-19, and he hopes his fellow players recognize what a serious concern it is.

Miller said he gave “serious consideration” to opting out this season.

I weighed the positives and negatives and came to my own decision and felt like I could play,” he said, via the Denver Post. “The job the Broncos are doing to keep us safe was enough for me to not opt out.”

Miller said he lost 15 pounds and struggled to work out for a few weeks.

“From my teammates, I get all types of questions about the virus,” he said. “I feel like it’s me pushing [the conversation] out there and saying, ‘This thing is serious. It’s very, very serious.’ . . . We see the types of things happening in baseball [with outbreaks] and we just don’t want that to happen in the NFL.”

If it is hard for baseball players to prevent an outbreak, it is going to be even harder for football players, given the nature of the sport. Players should take Miller’s warning seriously.

22 responses to “Von Miller considered opting out, tells teammates to take COVID-19 seriously

  1. Young people always seem to think the know better than the voice of experience. Age-old dilemma, but this time it could be a life or death scenario. Take it seriously.

  2. Miller said he lost 15 pounds and struggled to work out for a few weeks.
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    The horror..

  3. The weight remark isn’t really relevant here. Virus or no, that 15 lbs he lost was mostly water weight. It’s impossible for an otherwise healthy male to lose anywhere even near 15 lbs of muscle over a few weeks. Absolutely impossible. Breaking down muscle tissue is an extremely metabolically expensive process

  4. stainlesssteel says:
    August 4, 2020 at 3:53 pm
    Young people always seem to think the know better than the voice of experience. Age-old dilemma, but this time it could be a life or death scenario. Take it seriously.

    Sickness is one thing, but life or death? Outta here with that.

  5. Who cares if GUYS like this opt out , the world won’t miss a beat … bet it’s rough looking at yourself in the mirror knowing your in a disposable occupation … and these GUYS opting out are going to do what , sit at home ? Yea right.

  6. The big bad scary corona!!!! That over 99.8% of people infected recover from. I’m more fearful of being killed in a car wreck – and factual statistics say I should be!

  7. truth56 says:
    August 4, 2020 at 4:35 pm
    stainlesssteel says:
    August 4, 2020 at 3:53 pm
    Young people always seem to think the know better than the voice of experience. Age-old dilemma, but this time it could be a life or death scenario. Take it seriously.

    Sickness is one thing, but life or death? Outta here with that.
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    it’s funny american people wanted the army to pull out of vietnam because of the death toll, 58 thousand people over the course of 10 years….3 times that have died in the states in 5 months from this virus…tell me exactly how it’s not life or death

  8. Meanwhile his teammate RT Ja’Wuan James thought it was an “opt in” arrangement. He was too apathetic to play this year – much like he was last year.

  9. There’s a set of commenters on here who still won’t care even when we eclipse 1 million deaths in the USA.

  10. it’s funny american people wanted the army to pull out of vietnam because of the death toll, 58 thousand people over the course of 10 years….3 times that have died in the states in 5 months from this virus…tell me exactly how it’s not life or death

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    Coincidentally, that’s about how many primarily YOUNG Americans die from the flu every year, yet we never refer to flu season as life or death. Ah, thank goodness there’s not a presidential election every year.

  11. less than 1% of people get the virus. Of those 99.5% survive. Of the deaths, most are elderly and suffering with some other ailment already. That means there are some pretty good odds for football players.

  12. Have any rookies opted out? or is it just players who have been in the league and have enough money?

  13. Why would you opt out if you already had it? when most experts agree you’re not likely to be able to be infected again with this strain?

  14. markn12 says:
    August 4, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    Why would you opt out if you already had it? when most experts agree you’re not likely to be able to be infected again with this strain?
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    Exactly!
    It goes to show you how powerful the media is.

  15. chiefsfolife says:
    August 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm
    The big bad scary corona!!!! That over 99.8% of people infected recover from. I’m more fearful of being killed in a car wreck – and factual statistics say I should be!

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    No.

    Association for Safe International Road Travel has # of deaths due to car crashes at 38,000 a year on the US. Same stats on the Dept of Transportation’s site (e.g., 2018 # of deaths due to crashes was 36,560). Corona killed that many in, what, a month? Nice “factual statistics.”

  16. The big bad scary corona!!!! That over 99.8% of people infected recover from. I’m more fearful of being killed in a car wreck – and factual statistics say I should be!

    …………..

    Surviving and recovering are NOT the same. Many people are experiencing heart, lung and/or kidney issues as a result of having this virus.

    And viruses can hang around, to show up later, like chicken pox becoming shingles.

    If we were to let everyone catch this, we’d crater our healthcare system for generations with long term conditions.

    Figures a chiefs fan wrote the above. We know how well those flyover types value education…

  17. Glad to see high profile guys putting out the message about taking it seriously. The more big name people that say things like that, the more other players and maybe regular people will take it seriously, and that can only be a good thing.

    Thank you Von Miller, from a Seahawks fan.

  18. why does it feel like maybe Von Miller’s COVID-19 situation wasn’t as benign as it’s been made it out to be?

    Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez case was considered “mild” but it left him with enough of a heart issue that he’s been shut down for the shortened season.

  19. Look at what Von looks like now. Dude has been working out big time. He’s more ripped than he’s ever been.

  20. stainlesssteel says:
    August 4, 2020 at 3:53 pm
    Young people always seem to think the know better than the voice of experience. Age-old dilemma, but this time it could be a life or death scenario. Take it seriously.

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    We’ve all been there. I can’t say that I wouldn’t have been just as dense as some of these guys when I was in my 20’s.

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