Football is a sport mainly played on grass, so you can only imagine how difficult it must be to participate in it while being allergic to the plant. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns suffers from this particular allergy.
“It has its moments,” Hurns recently told ESPN.
In an effort to stave off the effects of the allergy, Hurns practices in a long-sleeve shirt and long pants to match. Hurns doesn’t experience symptoms like a runny nose like many may expect, but rather experiences skin breakouts.
The breakouts range from a barely noticeable rash to severe breakouts that require a good dose of Benadryl.
There’s nothing the receiver can do about his condition except to stay hydrated and continue wearing preventative clothing when he’s on the grass. He’ll have to deal with it on almost a daily basis, considering that the Jaguars home field and practice field both feature natural grass.
To Hurns, being allergic to the plant is no more than a small inconvenience and certainly not a reason to give up football.
“Sometimes I break out. Sometimes I don’t,” Hurns added. “At times it gets pretty aggravating, but for the most part it’s been holding up good.”
We can expect to see a lot of the wideout this season, who was recently signed to a four-year, $40 million extension by the Jaguars.
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