NFL kicks off despite COVID-19 concerns
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
Football is back. A statement numerous fans around the nation were eager to hear with all that is happening in the world. COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life around the country, yet it seems the one constant is the excitement for football to start again. Football is the most watched sport in the United States. From die-hard fans to fantasy football gurus, this sport has a way of bringing people together, even if they can’t be face-to-face.
Following the completion of week one in the National Football League (NFL), everything seemed to pick up right where it left off in Feb. The Kansas City Chiefs are still the most dynamic and exciting team to watch thanks in part to their superstar quarterback. But, enough about things we already know, with the pandemic upon the world, what else has changed in the NFL? For starters, Tom Brady has found a new home in Tampa Bay and the buzz has followed him there. Brady joined an offense that has two all-pro wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and even managed to convince former all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement, so yes, the famous “Gronk spike” is back (if he scores, of course). With the departure of Brady in New England, the Patriots looked destined to decline, but a signing of former MVP Cam Newton looks to hold the team afloat. Notable additions to other teams is the signing of running back Todd Gurley to the Atlanta Falcons, running back Melvin Gordan to the Denver Broncos, and former star running back David Johnson has been traded to the Houston Texans. The two biggest wide receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs have also found new teams with the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills respectively.
What does this leave for the home state team Seattle Seahawks? Well, nothing less than another playoff run with hopes of finding themselves in the Super Bowl once again. The Seahawks defense may not be the Legion of Boom they once were but following a trade prior to the start of the season, Jamal Adams looks to lead the defense to help back Russell Wilson and his offense. The Seahawks acquired Adams via trade with the New York Jets weeks prior to kick-off and, as he is nicknamed, “President Mal” couldn’t be anymore happier. On his verified Twitter, he tweeted “something felt different when I woke up this morning! #GoHawks #prez.” Adams looks to help boost a Seahawks defense who struggled mightily last year. On the opposite side of the ball, Wilson looks to once again be one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the league, despite continually being overlooked. With D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Chris Carson, and a plethora of tight ends, this offense looks poised to once again put up tons of points on the board. Although fans are not allowed in the stadium, the 12’s will be cheering as loud as ever.
The pandemic may have changed the way games are played, no fans, no jersey swaps, and even players opting-out of playing this season, but one thing remains the same and that is football being played at the highest level. Whether the whole season gets completed is a mystery, but the world can only hope they can watch football for the next 4-5 months.