“This is a contact disease, and we play a contact sport,” Tretter said.
Tretter and the NFLPA have been hosting biweekly calls with players and their wives updating them on the latest news as well as to discuss the new norm, how to protect themselves when they go to the store or go out and to answer any questions. The calls also include doctors to address medical concerns.
The Browns center informed players that just because they are professional athletes, doesn't mean they should be held to a different standard amid the pandemic.
"As a union, our most important job is keep our players safe and alive. The NFLPA will fight for our most at-risk players and their families," Tretter said.
Ensuring both players and fans alike that "we want to play football," there are still a lot of unknowns this summer.
For both Tretter and fellow players, there are more questions than answers right now.
“We have guys with pre-existing [medical> conditions,” Tretter said. “Obviously, testing is going to have to be really important to this. There just needs to be a plan, and there are a lot of questions that have to be answered. Anytime you kind of come up with an answer, five or six questions pop up from that answer. It is an ever-evolving conversation, and there is really not just a short list of ‘We need these five things.’”