13 NFL teams have reportedly hit the 85% COVID-19 vaccine threshold that will ease restrictions at training camp, but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t one of them. Cowboys legend and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin isn’t happy about it.
“Yeah, and it should upset them,” Irvin said of the Cowboys recently at the opening of the Dallas chapter of Merging Vets & Players, which brings together combat veterans and former pro athletes. “It should upset them. Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn. … Nothing else can be more important. You’re not going to get this [winning a Super Bowl] easily. Nothing else could be more important. … Jimmy [Johnson] made that abundantly clear [during Irvin’s playing career]. Nothing else is more important. And not being one of the [teams] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that makes me worried.”
It’s unclear just what percentage the Cowboys are currently at as training camp approaches. Dallas is one of the teams that opens camp this week.
Irvin thinks somebody needs to step up in that Cowboys locker room and encourage everybody to get vaccinated. He also thinks not hitting this threshold means you’re not doing enough to be serious about winning the Super Bowl. This goes for any team:
“If you’re not one of them teams [at the threshold], are you really thinking about winning a championship? You see what I’m saying,” he said. “OK, so now if you’re not getting vaccinated and you got all these other teams that are getting vaccinated …”
The Cowboys are coming off a brutal 2020 campaign that saw star quarterback Dak Prescott suffer a season-ending injury. Prescott should be ready to roll for 2021, but the Dallas defense needs to improve in a big way.
Before there are any games, though, the Cowboys should do all they can to hit that vaccine threshold. Listen to Michael Irvin!