Anthony Lynn, head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 during an episode of the HBO's NFL reality series “Hard Knocks," which is in its 15th season.
Lynn, who is entering his fourth year as the Chargers head coach, told his players about his diagnosis during a televised conference call.
“I can't promise you that you're not going to get infected. ... I got infected," the 51-year-old Lynn said.
“Be patient, man. Be patient. Fellas, this year is not like any year we've had in the National Football League," Lynn said. “There's going to be chaos. It's going to be change and it's going to come every single day. The goals, the objectives, will not change.
“I've talked to some people who said they're sick of this virus. What the hell is that supposed to mean? Let me tell you something, you aren't promised next year. You aren't promised tomorrow. What I want to do is I want to limit your exposures.
“But when that whistle blows, let's go kick somebody's ass and play some football. One team will do this better than the other 31. Trust me. It might as well be us. So, be ready for chaos. Embrace it. Because if we're going to play, the team that handles this thing the best is going to have the best chance of winning that trophy."
Lynn said he experienced a slight cough, followed by body aches. He has since recovered from the virus.
Lynn said he realized he might have caught COVID-19 after watching a gold tournament during which one player withdrew after testing positive. The golfer had complained about suffering symptoms similar to the ones he felt.
“If I hadn't been watching the golf event and saw that golfer complaining about back aches and soreness, I never even would have gotten tested,'' Lynn said. “I never even would have known it and probably got (other) people infected.''
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