NFL players, like the rest of us, are adjusting to their strange new realities. Much of their offseason is typically spent inside a gym or, for a nice little break, maybe on a stretch of white beach in a far-off land. For now, that lifestyle is on hold and it’s all about the home life.
What happens when all that energy and ability are confined to a smaller footprint and routines are disrupted?
What we’re seeing, thanks to social media, is that former and current NFL players — as well as a few NFL coaches — are finding other outlets for their talents, while the flair for entertaining remains intact.
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz calls agreeing to start up a TikTok account with U.S. national team midfielder Julie Ertz “one of the three worst quarantine decisions I’ve made!” But at least it’s providing joy for their subscribers. Once their respective playing careers are over, the star couple has a future in synchronized workout videos.
Only the Ertz’s could make quarantining look this fun! Seriously, could they be any cuter? I feel like if my hubby and I tried to look lovingly at each other like this you all would read right through it haha. @ZERTZ_86 @julieertz
📸 @teamertz on Tik Tok pic.twitter.com/uRczcEZ8nx
— Jamie Apody (@JamieApody) March 23, 2020
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 20, 2020
Party of One
Being home alone is hard, so it’s important to have a sense of humor about it. Titans linebacker Jayon Brown makes light of his reality in this creative TikTok.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 21, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is in the midst of a 14-day isolation following a trip abroad. He’s using that time to polish his woodworking skills. Hey, that garden is not going to build itself.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) March 23, 2020
Poor Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Stefen Wisniewski is celebrating his birthday solo. But, as John Clark of NBC Philadelphia points out, he can always break out his two Super Bowl rings if he gets lonely.
— Stefen Wisniewski (@stefenwiz61) March 22, 2020
Trick shots, windmill dunks, video games
Quarantine life is a time to nurture untapped talents. Take Eagles kicker Jake Elliott who, it turns out, can make magic with a golf club, a cup and a flight of stairs.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 23, 2020
— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) March 23, 2020
It helps to have online friends to talk to, even if they’re not really into football. That didn’t stop Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans from gushing to his Fortnite partner about Tom Brady while sipping on some Hennessy.
Mike Evans is streaming Fortnite, drinking Hennessy and giving the people what they need:
“Bro, I’ve been on that Hennessy man. … I’m drinkin’. I’ve got Tom Brady.”
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 22, 2020
— Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) March 22, 2020
Being at home with the family day after day has its own set of challenges, but it’s good bonding time, as former NFL players DeMarcus Ware and Jermon Bushrod show.
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) March 23, 2020
— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) March 23, 2020
Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his kids replicate some of the great slam dunk tricks — all on their home’s replica Purdue basketball court.
Science experiments are always a fun way to pass the time. The family of Titans punter Brett Kern finds a cool way to show the importance of washing your hands.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 21, 2020
Bet you can’t do it like the Griffins 🔥@RGIII
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 25, 2020
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 26, 2020
My favorite part of the day, routes w/ Asher https://t.co/V6HqF239Lc
— Adam Thielen (@athielen19) March 25, 2020
Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey and his family take board games to a whole new level.
Add a little music and kitchen ambiance and Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio is ready to cook some pasta and meatballs.
#BroncosCountry, be like Coach Fangio.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) March 23, 2020
Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul has all the tips for your home workout.
Cowboys Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul shares tips for staying active at home.
(These videos are for ent. purposes only. You assume any & all risks associated with performing such exercises/routines. Please stop performing if you experience any discomfort). pic.twitter.com/q62E3v8MSC
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) March 20, 2020
And finally, for your viewing pleasure …
Here’s Bucs linebacker Devin White riding a horse.