Virtual offseason, protocols produced ‘smarter way of playing football’

The NFL is three days from completing the 2020 season without a single game being canceled, a task that required the players, 32 organizations and league office working in unison to carry out. It’s a tremendous feat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was only six months ago that all preseason games were canceled, in the aftermath of an entirely virtual offseason. COVID protocols ultimately brought upon a plethora of changes to both offseason and in-season work for the players. In short, they, like many throughout the country, were able to take care a lot of business from home.

With just one game left on this season’s docket, the focus will soon be on protocols for the 2021 league year as the pandemic continues. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith both addressed that topic during Thursday’s annual Super Bowl press conference.

“I think we have

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Student kicks off virtual class with epic entrances, quickly goes viral

A West Virginia high school student has gone viral for pulling off several unforgettable entrances to his virtual class.

On Sept. 28, ESPN’s SportsCenter account shared a compilation video of 17-year-old Farris Murad joining his history class virtually while using different WWE entrances popularized by The Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton, The Big Show and Edge. The Instagram clip has since received over 300,000 likes and nearly 2,7000 comments.

“Honestly, I had no intention of it being a big hit,” Murad, a student at Charleston Catholic High School, told In The Know. “It was really just a fun little thing I started doing, and everyone liked it. I just thought of it one day before class and it stuck.”

With 15 other students in his class, Murad said he just wanted to spice things up during quarantine, which has forced a significant number of students across the country to participate

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