'That's definitely not smart': Former Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman doesn't believe spring football is feasible
While the B1G mulls over the possibility of spring football season in 2021, at least one former star in the conference says it’s a bad idea.
Joining SportsCenter on ESPN Tuesday, former Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman was asked about the feasibility of playing a schedule in the spring, followed by a fall football season in 2021. In short, the former Gopher was not a fan of the idea.
“I definitely think that’s not okay,” Bateman said, according to 247Sports. “We can already see all of the injuries that go on through a regular season, let alone playing football twice in one calendar year and the wear and tear that football does on your body, I just think that’s definitely not smart. That’s not keeping the players safe.”
The B1G made the decision to cancel fall football in 2020 and is now working on a plan to piece together a spring season. But the league has caught flack for that idea, as the conference made the decision to postpone the fall season due to player health and safety.
Many think that attempting to play two seasons in a calendar year — even if one is abbreviated — goes against player safety.
Bateman was one of the first B1G players to opt out of the 2020 college football season, and was the first to declare for the NFL Draft out of the conference. The Minnesota star totaled 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns on 60 receptions last season, helping the Gophers get to an 11-2 record.
He finished as the conference’s second-leading receiver, behind teammate Tyler Johnson.