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When Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw talks, people listen.
When Terry Bradshaw says the contact in football will "slowly fade away" over the next decade, Steeler Nation likely nods its head in agreement.
The fact Bradshaw also says he'd absolutely do it all again, we have more admiration for the legendary hero.
If it's possible for those not blessed with the super-human abilities of a professional football player to comprehend what they do for a living, and the risks with their health they happily assume, we can see it with Bradshaw.
A man who took a savage beating throughout his career, both on and off the field, rebounded to become one of the most winning quarterbacks of all time. He went on to a successful broadcasting career, and became a lightning rod for the claims of former players, and the advancing research of concussions and their effects on the former players.
Only an ignorant person will listen to Bradshaw. While we gnash our teeth and curse the direction the league is going in, Bradshaw's generation saw at least - LEAST - the same amount of regulation facing the players today. When he says he sees the game we know today fading away, it's because he watches the results of a game that faded away from the late 70s to today.
Maybe in 10 years, this game will equate to basketball on grass, where contact happens but is mostly disallowed and the strategy is largely diluted due to the dimensions of options becoming basically "run as fast as you can, catch the ball, and win the game 72-65."
Regardless, though, if this quote doesn't encapsulate the issue at hand - as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's legacy - I don't know what does.
"I have to be careful here because I work for Fox and NFL Network," Bradshaw said, "but I don't think they care. They're forced to care now because it's politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care. I think the P.R. makes you care. But personally, when I got out in 1983, do I think they cared about me? No. And you know what? I don't expect them to. I don't need them to worry about me. I take care of myself. But, do they care? They're forced to care right now because, P.R.-wise, it's not very favorable to them."
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
Reading a lot more about the Bruce Arians *retirement* today, it’s starting to sound more and more like the OC was forced out, and it wasn’t just Mike Tomlin’s decision.
The Post-Gazette reports that team president Art Rooney II made a rather strong recommendation to Tomlin to not renew Arians’ contract. In other worse, Arians was fired.
It seemed pretty evident from the start that the decision to leave wasn’t Arians’. He had been telling people that he wanted and intended to come back in 2012, that is until he caught wind that his deal was not being renewed.
Also Tomlin told Arians, the media, and other coaches that he was going to bring Arians back.
In the end, seems that public had something to do with the decision, as the constant bashing of Arians could be hear far and wide around Steeler Nation, and Rooney could have finally thought it was time to go in another direction.
The big questions now – who will be brought in, and will that person click with Ben Roethlisberger, who has been a huge Arians supporter over the years.
Source: Steelers Gab