Matt Rhule on vaccinations: I don’t tell anyone what to do

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The NFL has relaxed its COVID-19 protocols for players who are vaccinated and for teams with 85 percent of all players vaccinated. But that isn’t enough for some players to get the shot.

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold has yet to be vaccinated and might not get it, he said Wednesday.

His coach, Matt Rhule, said he won’t try to persuade any player to get the vaccine.

“It’s fair to say I don’t tell anyone what to do,” Rhule said, via Darin Gantt of the team website. “It’s their personal decision. As with any topic in life, I always say do your research, but do it from the right sources. Talk to doctors. Talk to your doctors. Talk to our doctors. And obviously, making sure our guys know the difference between being vaccinated and unvaccinated. There are differences in the protocols, and there will be differences in training camp.

“My job is to give people information and let them make decisions. Not much beyond that.”

Panthers kicker Joey Slye admitted he initially had reservations about the vaccine until talking to doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his late brother was treated for cancer. He now calls the decision to be vaccinated a “no-brainer.”

27 responses to “Matt Rhule on vaccinations: I don’t tell anyone what to do

  1. The decision is a no brainer. It’s not just for your own protection, it protects your teammates, the fans, your family and compromised people you do not know. I am disappointed in Darnold. Not a good decision maker so far. This whole “freedom” argument falls flat. Were you vaccinated for measles, mumps, tetanus and many other diseases? You didn’t get the diseases and nothing bad happened to you.

  2. He literally tells people what to do for a living. Now when the stakes are raised he’s looking for cover (“not my job”)? Some leader, huh?

  3. I’m sorry, did a head football coach just say he doesn’t tell people what to do? They are control freaks as a rule and do as I say by nature. Is there a button to hear his quote with a laugh track?

  4. This is the way. Worry about yourself. If you disagree, let me know and I’ll start telling you how to live your life.

  5. Were you vaccinated for measles, mumps, tetanus and many other diseases?

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    Were those vaccines developed and approved in six months too?

  6. If this “vaccine” is so wonderful and safe, why isn’t it approved by the FDA?

  7. This coach not only understands the X’s and O’s of the game, but he also understands the psychological part of the game.. Bravo!

  8. Number of people dead from Covid in the US 598,000. Number of people dead from the vaccine ______________

  9. Were you vaccinated for measles, mumps, tetanus and many other diseases?
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    Were those vaccines developed and approved in six months too?
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    Comparatively to the science of 70-150 years ago when those vaccines were created? YES!

  10. “It’s fair to say I don’t tell anyone what to do,” Rhule said, ”
    I do not think I have ever heard any Coach say something like that before

  11. No those vaccines took years, just as the COVID-19 vaccine did. They’ve been working on this vaccine for over a decade due to SARS and just has to make a minor modifications for COVID-19. I mean, cmon, info is out there, you just don’t want to hear it. Again, talk to your doctor, not YouTube.

  12. That’s the right approach. And the consequences for remaining unvaccinated could range from being cut to severe pressure from vaccinated teammates who don’t want unnecessary hurdles for season and game preparation. As long as everyone recognizes that all choices carry potential consequences, we don’t need to squabble over this issue.

  13. Thank you scientists for inventing a vaccine in six months that saved so many lives. Only in America do people prefer the virus to scientists and experts. They know better.

  14. That’s what I say, too. Don’t listen to anyone. Do your own research. There’s good information available if you look for it. You won’t find it on the 6:00 O’clock news, or coming from a politician, or anyone associated with the big money “for profit” health care industry. But there are research scientists that have been studying these viruses for decades. They’re not being paid by anyone to sell you anything. Rhule is smart. He’s a football doctor, not a medical expert. Would the Panthers allow their team doctor to call the plays if they made it to the super bowl? That’s what I like about Rhule. The smart guys know they’re smart. They don’t have to act like they’re experts on everything. How many super bowls did Albert Einstein win?

  15. Were you vaccinated for measles, mumps, tetanus and many other diseases?

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    Were those vaccines developed and approved in six months too?

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    Those (measles mumps whooping cough etc.) vaccines were developed with WAY less known science of infectious disease then we know today. Your parents had WAY less knowledge about those vaccines when they gave them to you As an INFANT. Plus MOST of the reservations you have about this vaccine came from the development of those. And dispute their dangers with people following the guidelines and vaccinating their children we rid the world of Polio! Those were also live culture vaccines, this is not. This is basically a template that was being developed for other coranaviruses (sars / bird flu). Because this doesn’t use live culture you can plug in the sequence to the template from a new disease and get a safe (safer than the live culture ones you have already taken) vaccine that can actually get us out of the pandemic for real. Neither Pfizer or moderna were rushed through. They were granted emergency authorization for supply once their NORMAL trials were concluded safe. They will soon be granted full approval based on the fact that 100s of millions of people of all cultures around the world ages 12 and up have not had any issues. 1 in a million is not an issue. We have a way out…take it. Or let it fester and mutate and maybe it will start killing kids and we go through all of this again!

    You ask less questions about all the crap you stuff in your body at a tail gate and that stuff is basically cancer causing poison And known to be…yet we funnel it in our faces every Sunday no questions asked! Go get the vaccine!

  16. poophead says:
    June 9, 2021 at 8:04 pm
    This is the way. Worry about yourself. If you disagree, let me know and I’ll start telling you how to live your life.

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    It’s a nice ideal, but sorry, but it doesn’t work that way with contagions.

  17. realphan says:
    June 10, 2021 at 6:55 am
    You ask less questions about all the crap you stuff in your body at a tail gate and that stuff is basically cancer causing poison
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    You’re more paranoid about polish sausage than you are about a hurried medication that HAS caused alarm already and we have NO IDEA about its potential long term negative effects (thus the concerned about the “hurried”). And you’re implying that everyone concerned about the vaccine is a fool, correct?

  18. Question to all the hyper-vaxxers: I had COVID. Should I also get vaccinated?

  19. Question to all the hyper-vaxxers: I had COVID. Should I also get vaccinated?

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    Yup! Research showed that folks who had COVID and also got a shot of the vaccine produced better protection than those who only got the vaccine, so its definitely advantageous. Also, some variants are showing an ability to reinfect people who got COVID naturally, so it’s worth your while to help prevent yourself from potentially getting it a second time.

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