View Full Version : Ryan Clark rips the owners’ ‘greed’

02-16-2011, 04:28 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark(notes) is known for his direct approach to football.

That also applies to his strong opinions about the unresolved collective bargaining agreement situation.

"I’m talking about the same people that want to file a claim because they say we’re not negotiating right, we want to take a billion off the top, we want to make us pay for being a running the football team, the same people that say we want the CBA to expire when we’re not going to have any insurance," Clark said in a radio interview with 93.7 FM in Pittsburgh, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. "Those people. Those bright people. Those so compassionate, sympathetic, considerate human beings that decided when you built this building which is supposed to be the most spectacular in the world which holds enough people to have an exciting Super Bowl already, but you feel the need to build more seats and put more seats, and not let them pass inspection. And also you’re so considerate and such a sweetheart that you decide not to inform people before the game, so you have people driving from Pennsylvania, driving from Wisconsin, only to realize that you don’t have seats. But you know? Those are people. All those people get into heaven, so we’ll see.”


Clark predicted that there will be football in September, though.

“Well I think the positive in it is the deal expires in March, so if common sense prevails, you can play football in September," Clark said. "It’s not one of those situations where they can kind of slow boat it until the deal is up in August, you don’t have a deal and now you’re scrambling to try to get it done. I mean you have months and months to get a deal done. I’m not big on going to OTAs and all that anyway not that I’m going into my tenth year. I mean, they can postpone it if they way. I think it’s the other things that you lose, whether it’s making sure that your insurance doesn’t lapse or if you’re going to get COBRA or you’re going to get something else. I think it’s the things like that go into it — making sure you’re getting workmen’s comp and stuff like that. So it’s the extras outside of it. And then like I said and I’ve said this many times during the Super Bowl week — if they told me…and I love football so it may be different…but if they told me you know what Ryan, whatever your salary is we’re going to give it to you even if you don’t come to work. What’s your incentive to come to work? And essentially that’s what the owners have done. When you make deals with networks that say we’re going to pay you even if you don’t play. So what’s my incentive to play when if I’m not playing, I cut my biggest overhead out which is my players, and I’m still going to make my money. So you tell me if there’s any rush for them to feel like they have to have football.

"But I think the NFL does a good job of posturing. Any time they make an offer — which have been totally ridiculous offers, I’m a player rep I get to hear about these offers on conference calls and different things like that — it would be like, you know what, y’all come to work, I’m going to pay you a dollar. But that’s so I can say I gave you an offer though. And that’s what’s going on. And you see anytime they’re doing anything, they make sure it’s scrolling across the bottom of ESPN, or somebody comes out and says this is what the NFL has done. But you never get numbers, you never get specifics. You say we’re losing money, we say okay as a union, we want to help in any way we can to make sure this league is prosperous, to make sure this league is going in a positive direction. Show us the books and we can figure out a way together. No, no. We can’t show you our books, that doesn’t happen. So I think that’s the thing. And with so many players and so few owners, so as the owners, you can get 32 owners together and Roger Goodell — who claims he works for us but when it came up time for him to renew his job, nobody called me, nobody was like hey Ryan is it cool, is this the guy you want? So clearly he doesn’t work for us. I don’t have his cell phone number. I have D Smith’s cell phone number because he works for us. I don’t have Roger’s. Maybe he’ll call me after this because he’s mad at me and make me come to New York or something. I just think it’s a sad deal because it’s not going the way anybody wants it. There’s no way we can back down and give them what they want, and it don’t seem like they want to give us what we want. So I’m going to be a stay-at-home dad and do radio and TV.”

Clark expressed hope that Art Rooney II could emerge as an influential voice in the CBA talks like Dan Rooney.

“Art can definitely step into that role, but Mr. Rooney is definitely still there," Clark said. "It’s not a situation where Mr. Rooney is gone and out of the picture to the point where Art can assume all that power that Mr. Rooney has. The respect is still going to go to…we call him Big Rooney…to Ambassador Rooney. And he knows it. I think Mr. Rooney partly knows that he has to settle this, he’s the voice of reason, he’s the voice that is respected on both sides. But you become the voice of reason because doing things in a way that’s fair for everyone. It’s not a situation where he wants the owners to get everything, but he’s also not going to let the owners be duped, he’s not going to let the owners be taken advantage of.

"But he does the same for the players…It’s about, come on guys, it’s about revenue sharing. But they feel like they’re not going to win that battle. So you try to fight the battle that you feel that you can win, which is against the players. Some of them don’t budget their money right, some of them haven’t had long enough careers to have enough money to sustain through a whole year of no football. Whereas owners, first of all they’re rich. But also as owners we’re going to get paid whether there’s football or not. So that’s where I feel like they think they can win because they know they’re not going to get the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars to say we don’t want revenue sharing. They’re not going to win that battle. So we feel like, you fight the battle you can win and that’s against us. So the biggest thing, we have our NFLPA meetings in March, is everyone as much as we can, if they get this type of forum, they need to be able to talk about it intelligently.”

Clark said he's not over the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

“No, no. Not at all," he said. "It’s something that you think about every day because it’s not a situation you’re going to be in every year. You know, we’re not promised to be there ever again. So to be there, to lose, and to feel like you could have done things differently — a play here, a play there to help your team win the game — it’s tough.

"Had we won I probably would have started working out some time in March. I started yesterday. Because losing wants to make you get back to that podium. So it’s a tough, tough situation. But it was a blessing to have been there, it doesn’t take away from what we did all season, you just wish it could have ended on a better note.”


02-16-2011, 05:54 PM
My question is, who represents the fans in the CBA talks? We pay the owners and the players. I don't recall that we are even at the table. We need representation. Season ticket prices are too high, there aren't enough seats, NFL ticket is too expensive. The beer in the stadium is outrageous. There are too many commercials on TV. Oh, if you happen to live in a city or state with a team, your tax dollars pay for the stadium. Please Mr, Clark, don't forget about the people that have to pay your salary.

02-16-2011, 06:01 PM
i like how clark says he's not big on going to OTA's. maybe he should try giving his all at this years OTA's and he'll have a better year

Atlanta Dan
02-16-2011, 06:07 PM
Classy comments by Clark in the interview regarding Green Bay

people were asking if this was a situation where Green Bay winning or you losing. And it’s disrespectful to say that a team that won the Super Bowl was given the game. They won the football game; they made the plays. They had a quarterback make more pin-point accurate throws than I’ve ever seen against a team that was actually putting pressure on him. It’s not like our guys weren’t getting there because they were. So they made the plays to win the football game. So you’ve got to give them credit. They were the best team in the NFL.”