Roddy White tweets on concussion lawsuits: 'You signed up to play a violent game'
Roddy White tweeted about player safety and concussion lawsuits, sending a message to veteran players with his comment that "you signed up to play a violent game."
|White has a strong opinion on Twitter. Once again. (Getty Images)|
Roddy White is not scared to make his opinion known on Twitter. Recent examples include a decision to smack-talk the city of New Orleans (!), call the Atlanta Journal-Constitution mean names for reporting on his cousin's arrest and talk about Roger Goodell being overpaid.
Recently, Roddy decided to talk about player safety and the numerous concussion lawsuits that are beginning to pop up around the NFL. And he presents a different point of view than you'd typically see.
I don't have nothing against old players they made football what it is today and I love those guys and I don't have a problem with (cont…— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 9, 2012
…cont) them suing the nfl I don't have to worry about it the nfl has enough money to pay them— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 9, 2012
Yes older players didn't make what we made but I remember when gas was 89 cents so the cost of living was different— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 9, 2012
And when when asked if he'd swap his gig for something else, White basically said he's unconcerned with the consequences of the game.
It's crazy how football players are killing our game you signed up to play a violent game and made a lot of money now u talk bad about #how— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 9, 2012
White is entitled to his opinion about whether or not football is good for his long-term health and whether or not he wants to risk said long-term health by continuing to play the game.
No i love playing football if i cant walk when im 50 it was well worth it RT @asmiffWould you ever trade your job for anything else?— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 9, 2012
However, there are probably a LOT of older NFL players who don't appreciate White's opinions, especially since many of them are dealing with both physical and mental issues. (Not to mention, most of those older players didn't make nearly the money playing football that White did.)
The bigger problem, for me, is that White's devotion to football and willingness to ignore his ability to live a healthy life down the road is exactly the barrier that stands in between where the league is now and where the league could be in terms of player safety -- the current players.
They're the ones who will ultimately drive change in player safety. Until the 30-something generation of football players -- and the generation below them as well -- gets on board with the idea that football needs some changes, those changes are a lot less likely to happen.
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