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Golden Bears head coach Morris: 'We've got to step back and protect people here'

For Chris Morris, the global COVID-19 situation serves as a reminder that we’re all on the same team.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears football head coach says the only way to beat this type of opponent is to huddle up – as socially distant as necessary, of course – and tackle this problem together by staying away from each other until a solution can be found.

“It’s just the needed step right now, I think, for our society, we’ve got to just shut it down,” he said. “And I know it’s really, really hard for people right now to come to that realization, but if we don’t shut it down … That’s the one thing we can control.

“We’re so used to grinding and we’ve got to get more done, got to get more done, got to get more done, and the reality right now is we’ve got to step back and protect people here.”

Spoken like a true former offensive lineman of 14 CFL seasons, each with the Edmonton Eskimos. Only in this instance, there’s so much more on the line than surrendering a quarterback sack.

“There’s a lot of people who could really be hurt by this, by people who really can’t be hurt by this,” Morris said. “A lot of young people, this doesn’t affect them at all and they’re having a hard time wondering, ‘Why am I having to do this?’

“Well, you’re going to because thousands or maybe millions of people can die if we don’t. I think it’s a big challenge for this generation of people.”


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