Swapping NFL Jersey’s Takes A Twist During COVID-19
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Having the NFL back this weekend was a welcome sight for anyone who wants to have some sort of normalcy during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Just relaxing and watching multiple games over the weekend was a great distraction.
Yet, despite having the NFL on our television sets there were a few things that looked different. One tradition that is on pause right now is the swapping of jersey’s after the game, mimicking what soccer has done for years.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 24, 2018
However, COVID-19 has made this formerly simple swap at midfield a no-no. Now to trade a jersey it requires a process that includes postage, a specific laundry detergent, emails, and more.
Jersey exchanges are back on for 2020 — sort of.
The NFL informed clubs tonight it is partnering with Tide, which will cover the cost of one replacement jersey per player — all washed first and exchanged by mail.
On-field exchanges prohibited, and subject to club discipline. pic.twitter.com/c7hJeDDvVy
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 7, 2020
What is quite ironic about this decision to mail jerseys instead of in-game exchanges, is that these players were just playing the game of tackle football that requires physical touching. Plenty of NFL players expressed their feelings on the rules update.
This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game. 😂🤣😂 https://t.co/fWefsUSVDc
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 9, 2020
So I can be tackled during a game but after I can’t swap jerseys ???
— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) July 9, 2020
Just Keep The Tradition Alive
The swapping of jerseys is a new thing and KSL Sports Scott Mitchell wishes this was more a tradition when he was playing in the NFL because said he would have been all over this and Mitchell played during an era of some all-time great quarterbacks.
“I not only wished I had it for more than just guys like that played my position. Of course, that would be cool,” Mitchell said.” I mean you’re talking Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Steve Young, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Troy Aikman. There’s a lot of really good quarterbacks in my era that I would have loved to have had jerseys from.”