Zach Ertz sees big loss in canceling high school football season

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Eagles tight end Zach Ertz says that if Pennsylvania cancels high school sports for the rest of this year, as the governor is recommending, it’s going to be a big loss for kids like him.

I want kids to be healthy, first and foremost,” Ertz said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “That’s the primary goal. But I remember being 15 years old with my parents separated. I was the oldest of four boys. I was so frustrated. The only thing that I knew how to do, the only way I could express myself, was playing football. All I did was lift weights, play football, play basketball. And that allowed me to release my internal stress and pressure that had built up inside of me because of what was going on.”

Ertz said he hopes that if sports aren’t played this fall, the money that would have been spent on sports goes toward some other way for teenagers to spend their time productively.

“Obviously, football costs money,” he said. “So if they were to disband football, where does that money go? I would love to see it invested in these kids to make sure that they’re OK and taken care of, and not on the streets from 3 to 7. I was fortunate enough to have football. I was not out on the streets from 3 to 7. I had organization after school, with football and basketball. I couldn’t imagine the path I would’ve gone down if I didn’t have football to express myself.”

The second-order effects of this pandemic are hard to measure, but they are undeniably enormous. And Ertz is right to worry about the high schoolers who are heading into a school year unlike any other.

8 responses to “Zach Ertz sees big loss in canceling high school football season

  1. Couldn’t agree more Zach and you are not even addressing the 100’s of kids that will possibly lose a chance for a free or reduced cost college education if seasons are cancelled. A terrible loss of children that could grow into a productive life.

  2. It is a shame for those kids.
    It would be an even greater shame if they got Covid19 and spread it to their families.

  3. Seriously Zach? That’s what you consider to be important?

    Zach said ““Obviously, football costs money,” he said. “So if they were to disband football, where does that money go?”

    There is no money, Zach. Budgets, including for schools and sports have evaporated, as have funds for everything else.

  4. The idea that parents/grandparents are the victims of their children is ridiculous. The adults are the ones letting their kids go out and play. If they were afraid of contracting the virus, they would not be letting them play in the first place.

  5. Why don’t we worry about getting a vaccine that’s effective and getting our children back to an actual classroom setting first.

    High school and pee wee football is so low on the priority scale it’s baffling it’s even being discussed right now.

  6. “There is no money, Zach. Budgets, including for schools and sports have evaporated, as have funds for everything else.”

    Exactly. What’s really scary is that athletic associations could face potential bankruptcy as football, specifically state playoff football, are the leading money maker (at least in my state) and a year with zero income could cause the whole association to implode.

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