Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard spoke to reporters on Thursday about being unvaccinated. The three-time All-Professional stated not getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a “private resolution” and he believes in getting “comfy with one thing” earlier than placing it into your physique.
“I’m only a down South man. I need to see extra. I need to be taught extra,” Leonard stated by way of The Athletic. “I need to get extra educated about it. Simply obtained to consider it. Don’t need to rush into it. I’ve obtained to see all the things. I’m listening to all of the vaccinated guys right here. I’m not – you see on social media – I’m not pro-vaxx. I’m not anti-vaxx. I’ve obtained to be taught.
“Once you don’t find out about one thing, you’ve obtained to teach your self extra about it and determine what it’s, and also you’ve obtained to decide from there. You’ve obtained to ensure you perceive your resolution and perceive what’s getting in your physique and the long-term results and stuff like that.
“I believe as soon as I get a grasp of it – similar to the playbook – you’ve obtained to get comfy with one thing. You possibly can say, ‘OK, I’m going to place this in my physique.’”
In early August, Leonard and the Colts agreed to a five-year deal price $99.25 million, together with $52.5 million assured, which made him the highest-paid inside linebacker within the league.
Taken with the No. 36 total decide within the 2018 NFL Draft, Leonard had a league-high 163 tackles and was named honored because the Defensive Rookie of the Yr. He was a first-team All-Professional in 2018 and 2020, and a second-team All-Professional in 2019.
Since getting into the NFL, Leonard leads all inside linebackers with a median of 9.9 tackles per sport, 15 sacks, and 9 pressured fumbles. He additionally has seven interceptions, which ranks second within the league at his place.
Final season, Leonard piled up 132 tackles and three sacks.