Ravens Bernard Pollard to Roger Goodell: “This is Not Powderpuff Football”
Pollard aka the Patriots Killer is only saying what the majority of players and coaches think.
They don’t like Roger Goodell and think he is watering down the game. I don’t 100% agree with that, but there is some truth to it.
Here is what Pollard had to say.
It’s getting out of hand. This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football,” Pollard said. “This is a violent sport. And it’s a fun sport — we all love playing this game. And we’re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’t sit there and say, ‘We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’ You can’t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, “Well, hold on but be careful when you go to make that hit.’ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’t wearing flags.”
“This is a game, this is a violent game. You can’t take this away. You suspend a man for a whole year? You suspend a man for a whole year and now you’re looking for players to suspend? This is outrageous,” Pollard said. “You’ve gotta be kidding me. He said he was gonna take a dollar (during) the lockout, I guarantee you he didn’t take a dollar that year. I guarantee you he got every bit of that (inaudible) mill.”
To me this is very similar to the WWE watering down their product from their “Attitude Era”. You will never see someone thrown off the top of a steel cage like Mankind again.
Goodell thinks like a businessman and players think like hired assassins.
So there will always be a disconnect.