Josh McCown on Kirk Cousins' vaccine refusal: ‘Takes away from some of your ability to lead’

Josh McCown on Kirk Cousins’ vaccine refusal: ‘Takes away from some of your ability to lead’

Josh McCown on Kirk Cousins’ vaccine refusal: ‘Takes away from some of your ability to lead’

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Despite pleas from his coach, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

One longtime former NFL quarterback, Josh McCown, thinks that decision — which Cousins stood by even after he missed four practices for being a “high-risk close contact” early in training camp — will affect Cousins’ leadership capabilities for the 2021 season, he told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

“Obviously, he has a firm belief in his systems of beliefs that are leading him to say, ‘I don’t want to vaccinate,’ and that’s his business,” McCown told the Pioneer Press. “But given the effect and the impact that it can have on a team, we don’t share the same beliefs on that aspect. And I just think you want to lead the way and do everything that allows you to be effective for your team, and so if you don’t (get vaccinated) … I think that takes away from some of your ability to lead.”

NFL players and coaches who are vaccinated face less stringent virus protocols, from testing to contact tracing. Quarterbacks who limit doubts in that regard are doing more for their team, McCown said.

“I think in the realm of a team and understanding everything we do about the science and the safety of it, I would just say it would be hard week in and week out for a quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I’m all for my team, but I’m not going to do this.’ ”


Following a 17-year (2002-2019) NFL career, McCown is currently the wide receivers coach at Rusk High School in Texas; his two sons play on the team. He is vaccinated.

Last year while appearing on a Spotify podcast, Cousins said of contracting COVID-19: “If I die, I die.”

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