Ron Rivera remains agitated. “Beyond frustrated,” to use his exact words. A year after contracting squamous cell cancer and battling it into remission, the coach of the Washington Football Team is aware his compromised immune system could make him more vulnerable to COVID-19. Yet as training camp began this week, barely half of Rivera’s players were vaccinated, representing an extreme case of hesitancy in the NFL.
That resistance hasn’t sat well with the 59-year old coach, who became fully vaccinated earlier this year but remains cognizant of his health concerns and the risks that others around him might present.