Few NFL head coaches, if any, have been more outspoken about the COVID-19 vaccine than Ron Rivera.
The Washington Football Team head coach is a cancer survivor, after all. Rivera has made it clear that he received the vaccine as early as possible. He wants his players to get it, too.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Rivera had a very clear message about his thoughts on everything.
“You got some, quite frankly, f–king a–holes that are putting a bunch of misinformation out there, leading people to die,” Rivera told Sports Illustrated. “That’s frustrating to me, that these people are allowed to have a platform. And then, one specific news agency, every time they have someone on, ‘I’m not a doctor, but the vaccines don’t work.’
“Or ‘I’m not an epidemiologist, but vaccines are going to give you a third nipple and make you sterile.’ Come on. That, to me? That should not be allowed.”
Rivera has been trending on social media all day for his comments.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) August 16, 2021
I love this man: pic.twitter.com/NeNYgdBmlA
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) August 16, 2021
Ron Rivera. That’s my coach. pic.twitter.com/qK6HJu1Adn
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) August 16, 2021
We are so lucky to have Ron Rivera in Washington. https://t.co/lxrBtT3Sw9
— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) August 16, 2021
Rivera is heading into his second season leading the Washington Football Team.
Washington made the playoffs last year, losing to Tampa Bay in the Wild Card round. The Football Team signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason and hopes to make a deeper run this fall.