The center of the only San Diego team to reach a Super Bowl will be watching the big game Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What Courtney Hall won’t be doing is attending a Super Bowl viewing party — not after losing three friends to the COVID-19 pandemic last week; not after the virus killed neighbors in his Harlem residential building and neighborhoods; and not after a former NFL player and friend of his was bedridden for a month, laboring to breathe, hearing from Hall twice a day by phone.
The Super Bowl can’t be allowed to become a “Super Spreader” event, said the former captain of the 1994 Chargers.
Hall’s plea: Watch the Super Bowl telecast only with individuals who are in your COVID “pods.” And if you’re waffling, adopt a long-range outlook.
“It feels long,” he said of further abstaining from certain gatherings, “but death is longer than this. This is just temporary.”
Hall, 52, penned an article for USA Today with friend David Nocenti that called upon NFL entities — including the league’s corporate sponsors, advertisers and broadcast partners — to lead a massive effort to persuade sports fans worldwide to watch the game only from home.
“People have been generally positive” in response to the article, Hall said. “I’ve had no negatives. … Friends I have in NFL management — they absolutely thought it was the right thing to do.”…