Although coronavirus paused NFL, Merrill Reese feels optimistic

Ed Benkin
March 23, 2020 - 7:15 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While the sports world has been shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL did allow free agency moves and trades to continue.  

It was a welcome escape for many, including longtime Eagles play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese.

“At least there’s been something to talk about, something to keep us from focusing on this pandemic 24 hours a day,” he said. “It’s been a bit of a respite.”

Reese sympathizes with broadcasters from other sports who are sidelined, but he understands that the first priority must be slowing the spread of the virus. 

“The most important thing for this nation and for this world — this entire world — is to get through this pandemic so that we can go on and live healthy, productive lives,” he noted.


Reese has been the voice of the Eagles since 1977. If the crisis ends before the end of the summer, he, and many others, can look forward to football as a way for fans to return to normalcy.

“It’s a big unknown right now, but I hope that when summertime comes, we can look back through the rear-view mirror and put this nightmare behind us,” he said.

The NFL has already canceled the public portion of the draft and postponed off-season workouts indefinitely. As of now, training camp is still scheduled for the end of July.

“I look forward to the day that I hear the news reports come out that the amount of cases is down and that the curve is flattening out and that we are heading toward an end,” he said.