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The NFL Is Serious. Is DeAndre Hopkins?

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It works both ways, though. If a player doesn’t get the vaccine and he contracts the virus, he can hurt his family, friends and teammates if he spreads it to them and God forbid, if he gives it to someone who could wind up in an ICU and possibly die from it.

Maybe it would be wise for DeAndre Hopkins and other players who feel the way he does to opt out for this season. Everyone has the right to choose whether to take the vaccination or not. But, being in a work setting surrounded in close proximity by co-workers is a far greater danger zone for the unvaccinated.

It works the other way too, if players opt out, because of how that can hurt their teams’ chances to have a successful season.

Taking the vaccination is a choice and for some, like DeAndre Hopkins, obviously a very difficult one.