Baltimore Raven’s Bernard Pollard believes the NFL won’t be around much longer if certain issues are not properly addressed.
This may sound surprising coming from Pollard. He is known as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, and has a reputation for injuring Patriots with powerful hits over the course of his career.
So what exactly does Pollard believe the NFL needs to do? He recently talked to Clark Judge of CBS Sports to explain:
“The league is trying to move in the right direction [with player safety], but, at the same time, [coaches] want bigger, stronger and faster year in and year out. And that means you’re going to keep getting big hits and concussions and blown-out knees. The only thing I’m waiting for … and, Lord, I hope it doesn’t happen … is a guy dying on the field. We’ve had everything else happen there except for a death. We understand what we signed up for, and it sucks.”
He also predicts how much longer the NFL will be around if the right changes are made:
“Thirty years from now. I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where they [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it.”
In essence, Pollard believes there is no balance between the NFL wants the game played, the kinds of players coaches want and the kind of game fans want to see.
It’s an interesting opinion from one of the game’s more exciting and violent tacklers.
What do you think? Is the NFL in danger of putting itself out of business if things don’t change?