Two faces very acquainted to N.F.L. draft viewers won’t attend this 12 months’s occasion.
Mel Kiper Jr., the longtime ESPN draft analyst, said earlier this month that he won’t journey to Las Vegas as a result of he’s unvaccinated towards the coronavirus. Instead, he’ll broadcast stay from his house studio in Maryland. Kiper has appeared on ESPN’s draft protection since 1984.
“I completely support everyone determining what’s best for their individual circumstance and recognize the value of vaccines,” he wrote. “Simply put, my Covid vaccination decision is very specific to my own personal medical history.”
Kirk Herbstreit, who has commented on school soccer for ESPN since 1996, won’t take part in draft protection as he treats a blood clot. “I feel good, but out of an abundance of caution I’m just going to take a step back from this year’s draft coverage,” he stated in a video posted to Twitter.
“I love the draft, I love watching the players, their stories, the coverage of it, watching the families, the emotions that come with it, I’m just sad I will not be able to be out there,” he continued. “I will be watching like everybody else.”