Lately, with all that has been happening across the world of professional football amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It feels incredibly saddening for the lost lives of impeccable sportspeople in their roles in society.
They are not forgotten those who have succumbed to the deadly virus while fighting in the pandemic front line. Honestly, 2020 will be a year to remember and not only the wrong side instead of the immense support people of different ethnicity, religion, color, and continents have also shown for each other.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way of life for the entire world, crumbling economies of many countries, following strategic measures enforced by various governments in response to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In particular, the introduction of lockdown, curfew, and closing of borders.
The NFL has laid out many contingency plans to have the 2020 season going, and it is evidence of their devotion following the opening of the training camps. And they created the COVID-19 reserve list as a way to allow teams to quarantine players who either test positive or come in close contact with a carrier of coronavirus.
Despite the measures set aside by the NFL, still, the COVID-19 is in their midst in the league. And we experienced this many following players and the NFL fraternity testing positive of the COVID-19.
A few weeks ago, Minnesota Vikings athletic trainer and infection control officer Eric Sugarman tested positive of COVID-19, after they received the NFLPA approval of the team’s infectious disease emergency response plan. And members of his family too went to self-quarantine after they tested positive of COVID-19. For some testing, positive has turned out to be a blessing in disguise and is glad to have tested positive for the COVID-19.
In particular, Vikings Linebacker Cameron Smith is a happy man despite testing positive for coronavirus because after undergoing additional testing, he got to know of his heart condition.
He has a heart condition well described as a congenital heart condition in which the aorta has only two cusps instead of three. And Smith will need open-heart surgery to fix his bicuspid aortic valve.
2019 NFL draft saw Smith get picked on the 5th round, and at the moment, he has recorded eight tackles for the Vikings. And before his NFL career, he was at USC, where he was a 4-year starter.
The 2020 season will happen without Minnesota Viking Linebacker Smith battling it out in the field though he will be fighting for his health in return.
We wish him all the best as he prepares to have the open-heart surgery and quick recovery as he embarks on improving his heart condition and getting back into the field and getting to do what he loves to do the most.
Remember to wear a mask, keep a distance, and sanitize your hands whenever you go out to curb the spread of coronavirus. Let us stay safe.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.