As teams around the league struggle to meet the threshold of vaccinated players needed to enact less restrictive health and safety protocols, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin blasted his own franchise for being one of the ones short of the 85 percent benchmark. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has now has a chance to respond.
Irvin made his remarks earlier this week at the opening of the Dallas chapter for Merging Vets & Players.
“Dude, you’re not thinking right. You’re not thinking right. Whatever you got, I don’t give a damn,” Irvin said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “Nothing else can be more important. You’re not going to get this [winning a Super Bowl] easily. Nothing else could be more important. … Jimmy [Johnson] made that abundantly clear [during Irvin’s playing career]. Nothing else is more important. And not being one of the [85 percent vaccinated teams] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that makes me worried.”
During a media session on Wednesday, Jones had a chance to respond to his former player. Rather than clap back at Irvin, the Cowboys owner decided to echo the sentiment.
“I thought it was an outstanding message,” Jones said, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
Jerry Jones: I thought Michael Irvin had an outstanding message. https://t.co/mnt9P4cXxa
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 21, 2021
Jones continued by saying that he believes virtually every player on the Cowboys’ roster heading into training camp is either already vaccinated or has a plan to do so. He also claimed that only a “handful” of the team’s 90-man roster hasn’t gotten vaccinated before saying that he thinks that group is only about five players large.
The Dallas Morning News reported earlier this week that the Cowboys were “close” to having 70 percent of their current team fully vaccinated. If Jones’ beliefs are correct, that should mean the franchise should hit the 85 percent benchmark in just a few weeks, in time for the start of the regular season.
The Cowboys owner could’ve taken a shot at Irvin for his comments this week, but clearly showed that he’s also committed to his players competing safely this year.