Dave Gettleman wearing a mask while sitting alone in his draft room might be one of the lasting images from Thursday night’s unique, stay-at-home NFL draft, the result of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the country.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the picks from his basement. Players were, for the most part, at home, gathered in relatively small groups. Coaches and general managers conducted business from their homes, communicating remotely in rooms filled with monitors.
The ESPN broadcast showed Gettleman from his house in New Jersey, putting on a mask just moments after the Giants selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 overall pick.
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That Gettleman, 69, wore the mask while in isolation made for easy jokes as pictures circulated around the internet.
But there were reasons for the mask.
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