Former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin clarifies his Covid-19 vaccine comments

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin surprised Shan and RJ by calling into the show on Wednesday to clarify the comments he made recently to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he criticized NFL players who refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

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"Here's what I'm saying. … With all of these OTAs and all of the conditioning you do - why do you do that? You do that to eliminate anything that will stop you from getting a championship, Irvin said on 105.3 The Fan. "So I don't want being out of shape to cost me some football games. I want to (practice plays) over and over again so I can perfect the play. I don't want a mistake to stop me from winning a championship.

"My job as a player, my job as a leader, is to eliminate anything that can stop me from winning a championship. And damnit, now we have to deal with Covid. Because Covid can stop you (from winning). Two weeks out in the NFL and your season could be over (if the right person misses those games while in the Covid protocol). So don't tell me you really, really want to win a championship and you're not eliminating this from possibly stopping you."

Irvin went on to say his vaccine stance has nothing to do with politics and is coming from a place of being a competitor and wanting to win.

Irvin's initial comments struck a nerve with at least one current NFL player, former Cowboys receiver and now Buffalo Bill, Cole Beasley.

"I have never told any player what to do with their body. Not one. I’m not gonna tell them they don’t wanna win if they choose to not inject a knee or whatever just so they could play that day when they can barely walk. That is their choice to make the decision they think is best."

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