Poll: Should Lions QB Matthew Stafford Opt Out of 2020 Season?

John Maakaron

Now that the NBA, NHL and MLB are back playing games regularly, it is starting to feel like things are getting back to normal. 

Since March, the absence of sports has reminded us all of just how much we have invested in teams, players and the outcomes of games that we spend upwards of three hours watching.

"I love playing football. I don’t know what I would do in a fall without it, as I think a lot of Americans probably would say the same," Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said back in May when discussing returning to play football. "But, being involved with the game, I love it, and I’m hoping it’s safe enough for all of us to get back out there. I don’t want to be putting people at undue risk for us to go play a game. But, at the same time, if we can find a way to make it safe for everybody, I’d love to obviously be out there as soon as we can." 

When Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, an ominous thought entered many supporters' minds.

Is it worth it for the 12th-year veteran to risk his health or the health of his loved ones to play this season?

Stafford has four young daughters, and his wife Kelly successfully underwent brain surgery only a year and a half ago. 

The global pandemic has wreaked havoc on the lives of many, and several NFL players have already made the decision to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding their health and safety.  

No question, Stafford is passionate about playing for the team that drafted him back in 2009. 

But, he should also take the time to weigh all of the possible risks of playing this season. 

Do you think Stafford should opt out this season?

Vote and comment below.

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Comments (7)
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John Maakaron
John Maakaron


If his test is indeed positive for coronavirus, he must take a serious comprehensive look at what his risks are if he plays


Stafford and his wife didn’t seem too concerned about COVID risks when they flew to the Hamptons on 7/21 and partied with numerous people (based on her instagram).


I would have no problem if he did, but I can’t see him ever making that choice


One NY Jet start has decided not to play in 2020- after receiving a 10 million roster bonus. When you are compensated that kind of money only severe risks or severe personal sacrifice should impede you from performing.