L.A. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn revealed he was diagnosed with COVID earlier this year -- and only got tested after hearing about a golfer with similar symptoms.
51-year-old Lynn spelled it out on the season premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks" -- and though he didn't specifically say WHEN he tested positive.
"I can't promise you you're not going to get infected," Lynn told his players during a video chat meeting ... "I got infected."
#Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn opened the season of Hard Knocks by revealing that he had tested positive for COVID-19. "I can’t promise you, you aren’t going to get infected. I got infected.”pic.twitter.com/4joAXqtl1D
Lynn then explained that he was watching a golf match and saw that a golfer had pulled out after experiencing similar symptoms -- and laster tested positive for COVID.
"I said, 'sh*t. My body kinda felt like that.'"
"If I hadn't been watching the golfing game and saw that golfer complain about backaches and soreness ... I never even would have gotten tested And I would have had this and never even known it. And probably got people infected."
Lynn says he was more worried about being branded an "outcast" than batting the virus itself.
"All the sudden, I'm the problem. I'm used to fixing the problem, now I'm the problem."
Lynn was eventually cleared to return to work -- where his players are staff are tested for COVID every day.
Lynn also joins New Orleans' Sean Payton and Philly's Doug Pederson as the only NFL coaches to test positive for the virus.