While a number of athletes have contracted the coronavirus at some point since it began sweeping the nation in March, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has not been one of them.
Minshew, who was recently quarantined but did not test positive for COVID-19, gave hilarious reasoning as to why the virus could not touch him in his typical style on Tuesday:
“I did not contract the virus,” said Minshew, via My Sports Update. “It took one look at me and ran the other way. Probably in its best interest.”
Perhaps it was the legendary mustache that did the coronavirus in.
Gardner Minshew, who played his collegiate football at Washington State, was originally selected by the Jaguars in the sixth round (178th pick overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 24-year-old was pressed into action in Week 1 after Nick Foles suffered a collarbone injury in the first half. He put forth a solid performance in Jacksonville’s opening week loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and then went on to impress the remainder of the season, so much so that he took the starting job from Foles for good.
In 14 appearances and 12 starts, Minshew threw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 91.2. Not bad for a sixth-round pick who wasn’t even on anybody’s radar going into 2019.
Minshew will enter 2020 as the clear starter for the Jags under center.
The Jaguars won just six games this past year and have made just one playoff appearance since 2008.