View Full Version : Inside the Helmet - 8 NFL Veterans Talk About New Rules

Atlanta Dan
02-01-2011, 11:27 AM
Sounds like the players are not on the same page as Goodell and his lackey Ray Anderson based on this article - excerpts below

Inside the Helmet Eight of the NFL's most opinionated veterans talk exclusively, and candidly, with GQ about concussions, hard knocks, and the new rules of play

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita
One thing that was classic, and ridiculous, was when the NFL sent out that video of proper and improper hits. We watched it, and as soon as we left the room, players and coaches were blurting out, "Now I'm really confused!" It's so easy for someone sitting in New York to look at a hit in superslow motion and rewind it a hundred times and say, "He should have ducked in here." It's not that simple.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward:
Man, nobody paid attention to that video. We don't know what they want. They're so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don't they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they're so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you're going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don't give a **** about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding? Come on, let's be real. Now that these new guidelines are in place, you'll see more and more guys lying to doctors to stay on the field. Contracts aren't guaranteed. If a guy's contract is coming up and he gets his bell rung—and if he has a concussion, he'll have to leave the game and maybe miss another one—trust me, he ain't tellin' nobody. Look at [49ers running back] Brian Westbrook. He was an elite player who had concussion issues, and he struggled to find work after the Eagles cut him. Guys saw that. I'm telling you, if you're a guy on the bubble or playing for your next contract, you're going out there and jeopardizing your life to get that payday.