Hideous Outcomes Could Await NFL

Hideous Outcomes Could Await NFL

Truth can be an inconvenient thing and perhaps no more so than Bernard Pollard’s bleak assessment of the NFL’s future days before the Super Bowl’s glitz is unleashed.

“The only thing I’m waiting for and, Lord, I hope it doesn’t happen is a guy dying on the field,” the Baltimore Ravens safety told CBS Sports recently. “We’ve had everything else happen there except for a death. We understand what we signed up for and it sucks.

“Like I said, I pray it never happens, but you’ve got guys who are 350 pounds running 4.5 and 4.4s [in the 40-yard dash], and these owners and coaches want scout-run blockers and linemen to move walls. At the same time, they tell you, ‘Don’t hit here, and don’t hit there, or we’ll take your money.’ Like I said, I hope I’m wrong, but I just believe one day there’s going to be a death that takes place on the field because of the direction we’re going.”

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