With the coronavirus affecting several parts of the state, Attorney General Ashley Moody teamed up with NFL Hall of Famer and Pensacola Native Emmitt Smith to encourage Floridians during the statewide stay-at-home order to practice social distancing.
“Getting through this pandemic will be about teamwork. It will take a statewide team if we are going to beat COVID-19,” Moody said. “We can’t leave anyone on the sidelines. Everyone needs to join this effort—social distance and listen to our health experts. Floridians should also report price gouging and COVID-19 related scams to my office,” Moody said in a video posted on YouTube. “I am grateful that UF football legend Emmitt Smith is on our team in this important fight—to help spread the word about deterring scams and stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
Smith, a graduate of Escambia High School, was a star running back for the University of Florida. He would go on to become one of the greatest tailbacks to ever play in the NFL, holding the record for career rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. He would go on to win three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, and be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.
Moody is also a graduate of UF, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s, and Juris Doctor from the university.
“This fight — this invisible fight — is up to all to us to try to help bend that curve,” he said in the video. “It’s going to take teamwork, it’s going to take us to stay committed, stay focused, and dedicated to the mission at hand.”
The COVID-19 message is being shared on social media with the goal of reaching as many Floridians as possible and encourage social distancing and healthy choices amid the pandemic.
The message comes as COVID-19 cases in the state surpass 21,000.