Patrick Peterson says unvaccinated players are ‘living in a different world’

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson /

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson recently shared his thoughts on players around the NFL deciding whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine or not.

Patrick Peterson has only been a member of the Minnesota Vikings for less than four months, but it already feels like he’s established himself as a leader of the team’s defense.

This shouldn’t be a surprise, however, since he’s been in the NFL for more than a decade, and he was once considered the top cornerback in the league.

To be a leader, especially on a new team, there has to be no hesitation for someone when it comes to speaking their mind, even if it’s to point out a negative about an aspect of the team. Recently, Peterson followed this philosophy of not holding back when he shared his opinion about the decision of NFL players to get a COVID-19 vaccine or not.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson shares his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccines

Last week, the NFL released their updated protocols for players who have received a COVID-19 vaccine and for those who have not.

With these protocols, players who choose to not get vaccinated will have to deal with many more restrictions, while those who are vaccinated will basically get to go back to how things were before the pandemic happened.

On the latest episode of his “All Things Covered” podcast, Peterson revealed that he has received the COVID-19 vaccine. He also shared why he chose to get vaccinated and what his thoughts are on players who choose to not get the vaccine.

"“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re just living in a different world. Everybody has their different views on [getting the vaccine]. But at the end of the day, if we’re all in this in trying to win a championship and there’s a very small percentage of the shots [negatively] affecting people, why not put yourself in the best position possible to win a championship, if that’s what you have a desire of doing?”"

Peterson makes it clear that he believes teams with more vaccinated players will have a better shot at winning a championship next season.

Currently in the middle of his 11th year in the NFL, the veteran cornerback is willing to do whatever it takes to win his first Super Bowl ring.

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Next season, he will be attempting to help the Vikings win their first-ever Vince Lombardi trophy, and he just wants to make sure the team has all the advantages they can possibly get to help achieve this goal.