Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman has been keeping close tabs on those tied to the NFL who are dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier Saturday afternoon, Freeman reported (via Twitter) that former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli had been hospitalized with COVID-19. Freeman followed up, adding the 47-year old Boselli was first placed in the intensive care unit, but appeared to improve and was receiving treatment elsewhere.
Boselli was the second overall pick in the 1995 draft by Jacksonville where he would spend the entirety of his seven-year career. While his career was cut short, Boselli still managed to receive five Pro Bowl and three All-Pro selections during his playing career. In fact, Boselli has been on the preliminary nominees’ list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on every cycle since 2009.
Hopefully, Boselli can serve as a reminder to anyone continuing to take the current public health situation lightly. Everyone needs to do everything they can to help minimize their risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Negligence from public officials and people will get people hospitalized and potentially killed. At this point, many more people (in the NFL and otherwise) are going to contract the virus and face dire health circumstances, but if everyone takes responsibility for what they can control we can hopefully minimize the toll of this crisis from becoming worse than our negligence has already made it.
We at PFR join everyone in wishing Boselli and all those dealing with severe cases of COVID-19 the best in their fights.