There’s a good reason Dave Gettleman wore a mask in his empty NFL Draft room

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is the type of executive fans wait on the edge of their seats to mock.

His questionable draft track record and tendency to make odd public statements has led to quick-fire ridicule. Sometimes the urge to make fun gets in the way of waiting to hear the full story.

That’s what happened Thursday during Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, when Gettleman operated from his home office wearing a mask over his face. At first, fans on social media thought it was another moment to joke about considering there was seemingly no one he needed to protect himself from. In fact, he had a serious reason for covering his face.

Gettleman, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2017, had an IT person in his house and didn’t want to take risks considering his prior chemotherapy treatment and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Giants took left tackle Andrew Thomas from Georgia with the No. 4 overall pick.

New York has at least one selection in every round this year.

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