Every Fox pundit on its “Big Noon Kickoff” show opposes playing football in the spring.
“When you play a long season and when you get to spring practice … when you play 2,000 competitive reps, your body is not ready for contact in three months or two months. It’s not. I would not put those players in harm’s way.
“You talk about student-athlete welfare – no chance. You’re not doing that.
“That’s No. 1, is player safety and welfare.
“No. 2 is, if I’m Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields or [Chris] Olave, some of these high, high draft picks, I’m not playing. I’m getting to go make some money and go earn a living and support my family.”
“I think going to the spring is an absolutely terrible idea. I think it’s atrocious, and I think the leagues that do it are setting themselves up for real failure and player safety issues in the fall of 2021.
“This is an awful idea – terrible idea.”
“At this point, coaches and teams will do anything just to play, and if that’s the last resort, then maybe that’s the last resort. But spring practice is not the same as a spring football season. It just isn’t. There’s not even a comparison, so I would just worry about the players’ safety.”
“There’s a reason there are six months between seasons. That’s how much time it takes for your body to recover.”