Cardinals OLB Haason Reddick: 'It's Time for a Change'

Howard Balzer

Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December.

But the days grow short when you reach September.

When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame.

One hasn't got time for the waiting game.

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.

September, November ... – September Song

It’s now less than one week until Election Day Nov. 3, so it seems the 1938 standard "September Song" that has been recorded by numerous singers is somehow appropriate in the unusual place we find ourselves in as a country.

The days dwindle down to a precious few.

In May, no one knew if the NFL would be able to start a season, much less get to Week 8 with some glitches, but still administering over 500,000 coronavirus tests since Aug. 1 to over 8,000 players and other personnel resulting in a total of 55 players and 82 others with confirmed positive tests.

As this is going on, the league has been front and center in its NFL Votes campaign that includes 15 teams using their stadiums as either polling places or ballot drop-offs for early voting.

The Cardinals are one of those 15 where ballots can be left at State Farm Stadium from Oct. 31 — Halloween — through Election Day next Tuesday.

The drive-through ballot drop-off will occur in the West Preferred parking lot that can be entered from 95th Avenue off Maryland Avenue on the northwest side of the stadium.

The schedule is ...

Saturday, October 31: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 1: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, November 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following link provides numerous resources where the public can find out if they are registered to vote, what’s on their ballots, where they can vote and more.

Cardinals players are certainly treating it all seriously.

Starting left tackle D.J. Humphries was asked if his views on voting have changed and if he feels it’s more important now amid the current social climate.

“One hundred percent,” he said. “My first opportunity that I had to vote, I did a mail-in ballot when I was in college. And it didn't mean as much to me then when I was 18-years-old. I felt a little different. But this time around, it definitely feels imperative to make sure that I vote and I make sure that everyone around me is voting and holding them accountable.

“Even if they don't want to vote, me getting them to the polls to get them educated on what are your options and what are your stances. But this year definitely seems (different) with the data showing the numbers in voters 18- to 24-(years-old) have almost tripled or quadrupled over the last four years. It's impressive to see how everyone is taking to the polls and taken it seriously. It's good to see.”

Outside linebacker Haason Reddick didn’t hesitate to take a stand when asked if he’s noticed the NFL's effort and if he believes what the league and the Cardinals are doing is important.

He said, “I have noticed and I do think it's important. It's wild times right now. Man, it’s crazy in the world and the U.S. itself is in a wild state right now.”

Unwaveringly, Reddick then said, “With everything that's going on, I do think it's time for a change. And I think, like everyone else, it has to start with voting. I encourage people to get out there and vote so that we can get the change that, for the most part, we know that we need.”

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