SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 05: Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) and San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) pose for a photo after swapping jerseys between them during the ‘an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on November 5, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The return of the NFL this weekend was a welcome sight for anyone who wants to have some sort of normalcy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Relaxing and watching several games over the weekend was a great distraction.
Yet despite the presence of the NFL on our TVs, some things looked different. One tradition that is on hiatus right now is the exchange of shirts after the game, mimicking what football has been doing for years.
However, COVID-19 has made this once-straightforward exchange in midfield a no-no. Now, exchanging a jersey requires a process that includes shipping costs, specific laundry detergent, emails, etc.
What’s quite ironic about this decision to send jerseys by mail instead of in-game exchanges is that these players were only playing tackle football which requires physical contact. Many NFL players have expressed their feelings about the rule update.
Just keep the tradition alive
Swimwear swapping is a new thing and KSL Sports Scott Mitchell wishes it was more of a tradition when playing in the NFL as he said he would have been everywhere and Mitchell played in a time of great quarterbacks. all the time.
“I just wished I had it for more than guys like that playing my position.” Of course that would be cool, âMitchell said. I mean you’re talking about Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Steve Young, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Troy Aikman. There are a lot of really good quarterbacks from my era that I wish I had had shirts for. “