Drew Brees believes the ‘American people need sports right now’
The lack of sports without question has had a significant impact upon fans and perhaps even the broader public amid the coronavirus pandemic. Drew Brees hopes that the return of sports at some point will help restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of Americans, who he believes “need sports right now.”
Brees does not appear to be advocating for the NFL or any other sports league, professional or otherwise, to play games unless it is deemed absolutely safe for the players and every other individual necessary to hold such competitions.
Instead, Brees seems to be pointing out how an ultimate return to sports will be a welcome salve amid a much-needed nationwide recovery process when the coronavirus pandemic is finally under some semblance of control.
“That’s typically something that’s really brought us through a lot of tough situations throughout our country,” Brees said, per Mike Triplett of ESPN. “I think people have been able to lean on their local sports teams or national teams to just unite them and get their minds off the challenges of daily life or daily struggle.
“We don’t even have that right now, and I think that’s another reason why this is so tough. And obviously we hope that football can be back to normal — or this can be back to normal so that we can play real football.”
The NFL, for what it’s worth, is presently doing everything in its power to keep things on track for a start of the 2020 season as scheduled. There will certainly be countless obstacles along the way in accomplishing such an aspirational goal.
Still, Brees cannot envision a scenario where NFL games would be played without fans present, saying to do so “would be really weird.”
Brees is absolutely spot-on, however, when he says that the presence of sports, as it has done countless times in the past, will help get things back to normal.