Many of the league’s teams and players may not want to play in preseason games for fear of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, for some undrafted players, it’s their only way to make a team’s final roster. Former NFL fullback John Kuhn feels for the players who won’t get the same opportunities he did back in 2005.
The former undrafted player out of Shippensburg University shared his thoughts on the matter:
“Zero preseason games and 10 players cut on each team before they ever touched the field,” Kuhn wrote on Twitter. “2020 is not a fair year for anyone and unfortunately this was the price that needed to be paid so that football and its star players would feel safe enough to play.”
Like many of the unheralded players, John Kuhn was also an undrafted free agent who was given an opportunity by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would repay the team’s trust as he contributed to their Super Bowl XL victory and became part of the tapestry of their NFL franchise.
In 2007, he switched teams and went with the Green Bay Packers. He earned his second ring against his former team, five years later in Super Bowl XLV. John Kuhn then concluded his playing career with the New Orleans Saints in 2017.
Kuhn overachieved and became a three-time Pro Bowler, a second-team All-Pro member in 2011, and a first-team All-Pro member in 2014.
He wouldn’t have achieved all these things if the Steelers organization didn’t bet on him in the first place. Kuhn hopes that other players also get the chance to do so, maybe not in 2020 but for the years to come.