The Cowboys were without wide receiver Amari Cooper for two weeks due to a positive test for COVID-19 and they lost both games as a result. On Thursday night, he made his way back to the field for a showdown with the Saints.
Cooper’s role on Thursday night wasn’t very large as he finished the game with two receptions for 41 yards.
“It was tough,” Cooper said following the win. “[Michael] Jordan played with the flu, you know? That’s how I looked at it. It was a restriction of not being able to play with what I had. It was tough, knowing that I could physically gone out there and played, but the restrictions didn’t allow me to do so.”
Jordan’s famous “Flu Game” against the Jazz remains one of the most iconic moments in sports to this day. Despite what people think, he has since revealed that it was actually food poisoning.
Not even bad pizza could stop the Hall of Famer from finishing Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals with 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“I knew I had between 20-25 plays; they told me before the game,” he said. “They just wanted to ease me back into things, knowing I didn’t really practice, and knowing how COVID could affect the lungs and heart. They didn’t really know my conditioning. I didn’t really know my conditioning. I think that was the plan.”