NFL players are opting out, and have until Thursday to do so. College football players are also opting out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those to select to opt out is first-round prospect, Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman.
He posted this video on social media, informing everyone of his decision.
Bateman went on to state that he still plans on declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft, despite his decision to opt out. Virginia Tech cornerback, and another top-rated prospect Caleb Farley made the same decision last week.
While it is extremely illogical to be playing football in a pandemic (it is, do not argue with me), it is somehow even more illogical to expect college players to play football. Not only are they playing in close quarters, they are also more likely than not living in close quarters. And, at least professional football players get paid to play - college football players do not. Their schools get all the money.
Farley and Bateman will not be the last high-profile college players to opt-out, and I do not blame them one bit.