PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MAY 22
By Leo Haggerty
First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.
Had an opportunity to participate in the virtual press conference with Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White. Also, had a chance to ask #45 a question about how, possibly, playing a National Football League game in front of no fans would be like. His answer is below and it may astound you. Enjoy.
LH : You could be going from playing in, arguably, the loudest stadium at Death Valley in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night to, possibly, going to New Orleans and then playing at Raymond James against the Panthers in what would be an empty church. How hard is it going to be to get motivated to play with no fans in the facilities?
DW : I would say the thing about me and, don’t take me wrong, I love the fans and the fans get us going. At the end of the day, I’m a football player. I love playing football. I don’t need all the hullabaloo to make me go out and make a play. I thrive off my own motivation. I want to be dominant. I just want to have fun because football is fun. I thrive off myself so I don’t think it would be a problem but I will say this. If you have a crowd that has great energy, it will make you play better. It can’t be the only thing that makes you play better. You have to go out there and have the mindset that you’re going to dominate that person.