Michael Irvin: My comments weren’t political, they were about winning

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Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin sparked a lot of debates this week when he said that players who don’t get vaccinated aren’t doing everything they can to win a championship. Irvin said he’s fine with people arguing about that, but those arguments shouldn’t be political.

“Here’s what gets me. I don’t mind you coming after me. I don’t mind you say what you say. Do two things though. Don’t put me into your political discussion,” Irvin said on KRLD-FM, via the Dallas Morning News. “Oh, right wing, left wing. I don’t give a damn about that. I don’t care about the right wing, I don’t care about the left wing — I only care about a ring. Not the right wing, left wing — a ring. I don’t care about the conspiracy theorists, ‘oh they’re trying to kill us.’ If the government wanted you dead, our asses would all be dead right now. So just shut up with all of that.”

Although the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, Irvin said that even if he worried about side effects, he would have gotten the shot when he was a player because he wanted to do everything he could to win.

“My thing is, even if I had them, even if I had those fears, that there’s something here, I still am going to get vaccinated.” he said. “Because the fear don’t override my desire to win a championship.”

NFL teams with fewer vaccinated players will be at a competitive disadvantage because they will have more restrictions on team meetings and access to team facilities. Irvin is right that unvaccinated players aren’t doing everything it takes to win.

46 responses to “Michael Irvin: My comments weren’t political, they were about winning

  1. His comments weren’t political. Just like wearing a mask or not is declaring your political party.

    His comments were basically said if your not a household name in the league. Vaccinate or find another occupation

  2. Except you no longer play and the cowboys aren’t winning a championship for a while.

  3. I don’t understand the anti-vax argument. These same people already have government required vaccines in their body from childhood!!! Get over your political melodrama and do what is best for society to put yet another dangerous pathogen in the rear view mirror. This is probably the dumbest, self- perpetuated disruption of civilian life in our history.

  4. “I don’t care about the right wing, I don’t care about the left wing — I only care about a ring. Not the right wing, left wing — a ring.”

    Love him or hate him, Michael Irvin just gave the world a way to completely eliminate politics. I salute you, Mr. Irvin.

  5. Fear the virus or fear the vaccine? The virus goes away; mRna changes the way your immune system operates FOREVER. It’s not just another vaccine. This is uncharted territory. I don’t think it has anything to do with politics, and more to do with how much you’re willing to gamble.

  6. Never was a Michael Irvin fan…until now. Good on him for taking a stand here. He’s absolutely right that this shouldn’t be political.

  7. The freedom of choice is the best thing about living in the United States

  8. Say what you want about him, thats the attitude I want in my locker room.
    I want tough winners that put the team first..

  9. Irvin is the farthest thing from a politician. He actually says what he believes. He doesn’t have to lie. He’s in the HOF. If vaccines have become political, we’re all in trouble. You shouldn’t be dying just because you’re listening to a politician that doesn’t have you’re best interest in mind.

  10. Public health and vaccination science should not be political. I guess if you don’t understand science everything can seem like a conspiracy. SMH.

  11. He’s spot on and to be respected, he’s about winning.
    It’s time for the ignorant to be vaxxed at this point!

  12. If the government wanted you dead, our asses would all be dead right now. So just shut up with all of that.”

    _______

    Bahahahahaha!!! Spot on!!!

  13. I Agree Michael. Everyone wants to make everything political, his statement is about team, not a political stance. Big difference between a Michael Irvin and Deion sanders (sorry, “coach” sanders) Michael talks about team, Deion talks about Deion.

  14. Funny thing is most of us knew that. Sad thing is on this world he had to explain it.

  15. Never thought I’d feel refreshed by something that Michael Irvin says. He was right about his initial comment, and it’s nice to see someone using true reasoning as opposed to being driven by their political bias.

  16. I think we all know that the politicizers are ones not wearing masks for the most part. What a weird, dumb time we’re living in.

  17. You constantly hear “NFL players need to pay attention to what they put in their bodies”, when they do start questioning it, they get penalized.

  18. I’m still perplexed at how this guy is considered one of the great wrs of all time.

  19. Michael Irvin is the one person I believe when it comes to statements like this because, you know, he’s a little…passionate when it comes about winning championships.

  20. Nice! Lucid, coherent, and on point. Not your typical Michael Irvin pontification.

  21. Vaccination isn’t political. Wearing masks isn’t political. The minority that make it so are an embarrassment to our country. The rest of the world’s going through the same issue. The other 194 countries on this planet don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Making the fight against Covid-19 political makes about as much sense as believing the Earth is flat. Good on you, Mr. Irvin, for making a stand.

  22. thecoltsfan76 says:
    July 23, 2021 at 8:18 am
    You constantly hear “NFL players need to pay attention to what they put in their bodies”, when they do start questioning it, they get penalized.
    __________

    That statement relates to dangerous, life threatening substances. It has no relationship to scientifically proven, life saving vaccines.

  23. 25 years ago, I hated this guy.

    But the last few years or so, I’m starting to love him.

  24. Players are willing to inject/ingest all kinds of questionable things in their body to help them stay on the field. It’s just weird that this is where some of them draw the line.
    Irvin’s comments have been refreshing reversal of the diva-like me first attitude of too many athletes today.

  25. It’d be one thing if these anti-vax players had some sort of consistent philosophy but we know they all take supplements to build muscle, injections of all various kinds to help with injuries, etc. Seems like they’re cool with science everywhere but here.

  26. As an Eagles die-hard, it pains me to say I’ve grown to like Michael Irvin.

    And with Jerry Jones showing a vulnerable, remorseful side yesterday in admitting he was in the wrong re: Johnson, that’s twice this week I’ve hated them Cowboys an ounce less.

  27. billsfan716 says:
    July 23, 2021 at 8:19 am
    I’m still perplexed at how this guy is considered one of the great wrs of all time.

    ……………..

    Maybe you should watch the two Superbowls he won against your Bills. Then you may get a clue….

  28. I don’t understand why these athletes who are in peak physical condition are so afraid of the vaccine. I have family members with low immune systems who got the vaccine and are just fine.

  29. without googling I remember players getting busted using deer antler spray and chlomid. if these dudes want to win so bad they will put female fertility drugs in their body what is their real objection?

  30. At some point, the justice department should go after these media outlets and self-serving politicians that perpetuate the false narrative that vaccines are not safe. These people have no medical degrees, no virology or immunology background yet they are falsely confident about their anti-vaccine arguments. They are causing people to die and are the reason the variants are mutating. They certainly have blood on their hands and should pay for the disinformation they are spreading. Enough is enough!!!

  31. Irvin and Jerry Jones are 100% correct. While Jerry wants people vaccinated so they can attend the Cowboys football games and spend their money, Irvin is stating the obvious. If you want to do everything you can to win then you must be vaccinated. Besides if the vaccine is good enough for Trump to take then it is good enough for anyone to take.

  32. polandlaker says:
    July 23, 2021 at 7:36 am
    Fear the virus or fear the vaccine? The virus goes away; mRna changes the way your immune system operates FOREVER. It’s not just another vaccine. This is uncharted territory. I don’t think it has anything to do with politics, and more to do with how much you’re willing to gamble.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This has previously been debunked many times. The mRNA vaccines DO NOT alter recipients’ DNA. While these types of vaccines do involve the injection of a small part of the virus’s genetic code to stimulate immune response in a patient without an infection, in contrast to the more widespread “conventional” vaccines which use a whole pathogen or fragment, the mRNA from the vaccine does not alter the recipient’s DNA, is broken down shortly after vaccination. and does not stay in the body.

    Believe science. Do not believe your fishing buddy’s cousin or your wife’s hairdresser.

  33. roughingthepasser says:
    July 23, 2021 at 7:44 am
    Say what you want about him, thats the attitude I want in my locker room.
    I want tough winners that put the team first..
    —————-
    Love this comment. Off topic – maybe Aaron Rodgers should read this – especially the part about putting the team first

  34. What’s most ridiculous is that all the talking heads that warn against vaccines are already vaccinated themselves. Hypocrites.

  35. Diehard 49ers fan here who always despised Michael Irvin and the Cowboys, but I’m gonna go check h-e-double-hockey-sticks for ice, because I think he’s on point here.

    Whether you’re for or against vaccines is your personal choice, but if you get sick and drag the whole team down with you, I’m gonna question your commitment to winning a championship. Goodell may be playing with fire and dividing 32 locker rooms in a way he hadn’t imagined. Which would be typical for Goodell.

  36. Athletes aren’t afraid of the vaccine, they’re in peak physical condition. They’re afraid of adding something to their body that’s not FDA approved. But your family, who isn’t in peak condition, with other conditions should get vaccinated. That’s the difference, they aren’t the same.

  37. I’m in no way a fan of Michael Irvin, but I will agree. Playing in the NFL is not a right. Get the shot or find another occupation. Don’t endanger teammates and staff.

  38. Any player that cares about his teammates should get vaccinated. Refusing to get your shots puts the lives and health of your teammates at risk..not just yours.

    Michael is absolutely right. Especially now, there is no “I” in “team”.

  39. It’s the NFL’s league, it’s their rules. And these rules are helping save lives.

    This is a no brainer. Get vaccinated and shut up.

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