Ravens’ Pollard doesn’t think the NFL will exist in 30 years
Although many strongly believe the NFL should take steps to become safer, Baltimore Ravens’ safety Bernard Pollard revealed that he believes implementing too many changes to the sport could cause it to eventually disappear.
Pollard, who is known for being a rough player and strong tackler, told CBS Sports that he understands safety is important, but that the players know what they signed up for and that making too many changes could mean the fans will grow tired of it and won’t want to watch football anymore.
“Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence,” Pollard said. “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.”
Pollard’s comments come after NFL commissioner Robert Goodell has made efforts to make the game safer by penalizing and fining players who make illegal hits.
Although many players have complained the nature of the game has changed because of this, as many as 4,000 retired players have also sued the NFL for not informing them of the risk of long-term brain damage after they suffered concussions.
President Obama recently told the New Republic in an interview that if he had a son, he would struggle with the decision of letting him play football. He added that the sport would have to change to reduce the violence, saying, “That may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole better for the players.”