“Yeah, and that should upset them,” Irvin said of the Cowboys recently at the opening of the Dallas chapter of Merging Vets & Players, which brings together combat veterans and former professional athletes. “It should upset them. Man, you’re not thinking well. You don’t think well. Whatever you have, I don’t care. … Nothing else can be more important. You ain’t gonna get this [winning a Super Bowl] easily. Nothing else could be more important. … Jimmy [Johnson] does this very clearly [during Irvin’s playing career]. Nothing else is more important. And not being one of [teams] says there are other things for a lot of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that worries me. “
While the Cowboys have not reached the vaccination threshold, their percentage of vaccinated players is not known. A source told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert that 13 NFL teams have reached the threshold. The Cowboys will have a testing lab at their Oxnard, Calif., Training camp site to test unvaccinated players daily and players vaccinated weekly.
Unvaccinated players will not be able to leave the team hotel and will be required to wear masks and stay away from people inside the facility, according to protocols. Vaccinated players will not be required to wear masks, will be able to eat their meals with other vaccinated players and will have no limitations in the weight room.
While Irvin’s comments were directly related to the Cowboys, his position is the same regardless of the team.
“If you are not one of these teams [at the threshold], do you really think you will win a championship? You see what I’m saying, ”he said. “OK, so now if you don’t get the shot and you have all these other teams getting the shot …”
As a player, Irvin said, he would do more than encourage his teammates to get the shots.
“Someone in that damn locker room [should say], ‘Hey man, we’re going to have a chance, are you vaccinated?’ “Said Irvin. the NBA. In this league, that could be for you. The right person is missing two weeks, that’s all. Your ass came out. ”