Saakwon Barkley intends to play football this season, having decided not to withdraw due to concerns about COVID-19. He says that what he sees at the Giants facilities gives him confidence that he is working in a safe environment.
“I believe in our training room, in our team, and in our owners,” Barkley said Friday. “They did a tremendous job of implementing procedures and providing us with the necessary equipment to make it as safe as possible. I want to thank these guys because they are doing a really good job and every single day they put us in the best position to stay healthy and safe to compete at a high level. "
Barkley said the problems in Major League Baseball testing positive for coronavirus "cross your mind," but don't make him doubt that the NFL season can begin and eventually end.
“We talked about it as a team, we need to focus on how we can take advantage of this,” said Barkley. "How do we need to stay committed to mask-wearing procedures and even to follow procedures on the street to stay as healthy as possible."
The caution extends to fans who ask for autographs or pose for photos, Barkley said.
“I have to make sure I'm wearing a mask and they are wearing a mask,” he said. "Obviously, be polite anyway."
Sterling Shepard was one of several outstanding NFL players including Barkley. take part in the video "I am George Floyd" in early June, it was so powerful that it prompted an immediate reaction – and an apology – from Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“It was something that I was very passionate about,” Shepard said. “I am very supportive of correct changes. This is how it happened and how I found out about it. Moving forward as one team, we have things to give to these communities and do our best. This is what I wanted to do – take action & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Shepard said the team has yet to discuss whether this would mean racial justice issues or Black Lives Matter with a helmet sticker.
“We want to be one,” he said. "This is what we are going to talk about as a team."
Longtime Giant Super Bowl winning team player Zach DeOssi officially announced his retirement on Friday. In 2007, he was drafted in the fourth round by Brown – his father, Steve, also played for the Giants – who quickly realized he was not an NFL linebacker and built a 13-year high-profile career.
“I am eternally grateful for the opportunity, friendship for a lifetime and memories for ten lives,” DeOssi wrote on Twitter. He embarks on a new career in Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs.