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Rams' Poppinga lashes out at Williams

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08:40 AM ET 03.09 | Gregg Williams isn't being welcomed with open arms by linebacker Brady Poppinga, both, for now, employed by the Rams. This didn't keep Poppinga from ripping Williams for orchestrating a bounty program while with the New Orleans Saints. Poppinga feels that strongly about a system the seven-year NFL veteran described with such terms as "degrading," "animalistic" and "repulsive" during a Thursday interview with FOXSports.com. "I just can't sit there and be silent," Poppinga said. "I look at this as an opportunity to share with the public that we, as football players, are not barbaric and out to try and destroy everything in our path. Football is my profession and I take it seriously. It's an art form."

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March 9, 2012  08:50 AM ET

But more importantly, what does Peyton Manning think about all this?

March 9, 2012  08:51 AM ET

"It's an art form."

Easy now. Still, it's good to see some speak out against the practice, albeit just to distance themselves from it and deny the practice when their own names get dragged through the mud as many surely will.

March 9, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I like it. Football is a craft that requires skill and intelligence as well as raw power. He has pride in his work. He gets it.

March 9, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Poppinga has convictions. And some guaranteed money in his contract?

March 9, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Those who play the game for the "love" of the game surely will find bounties unnecessary and "repulsive", we need to put the BS filters on high to see who is sincere and who is making statements just to appear to take the high road...

March 9, 2012  08:57 AM ET

There's more than one Brady in the NFL?

March 9, 2012  09:00 AM ET

"Gregg Williams isn't being welcomed with open arms by linebacker Brady Poppinga, both, for now, employed by the Rams. This didn't keep Poppinga from ripping Williams for orchestrating a bounty program while with the New Orleans Saints."


If there is ANY consensus among the Rams players in support of Poppinga's position, how can the Rams even consider keeping this guy? But, then again, Goodell may make it a moot point if he suspends Williams for this season....................

March 9, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Poppinga is going to be an artistic delight on the Rams practice squad this year.

March 9, 2012  09:04 AM ET

I don't see Williams coaching this year!!!

March 9, 2012  09:07 AM ET

As an 'art form' some players are like picasso but a lot need to go the paint by numbers route.

March 9, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Football is an art form rendered in blood.

March 9, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Reminds of the classic book " The Art of War" by Sun Tzu.

March 9, 2012  09:38 AM ET

As an art form, the Rams are entertaining.

As a football team they suuuuuuck!

March 9, 2012  09:48 AM ET

"It's an art form." Was he drunk when he said this? Does he even know what an "art form" is?

March 9, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Who?

March 9, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Anyone who has played the game of football on any level can fully appreciate his comments here regarding football being an "art form". There is a heck of a lot of technique, re-fining technique, mental preparation, and strategizing that goes into what these guys do that we simply never see as a mere observer and it's easy to lose sight of as it's not what excites or entertains. Football is absolutely an art form on many levels.

March 9, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Anyone who has played the game of football on any level can fully appreciate his comments here regarding football being an "art form". There is a heck of a lot of technique, re-fining technique, mental preparation, and strategizing that goes into what these guys do that we simply never see as a mere observer and it's easy to lose sight of as it's not what excites or entertains. Football is absolutely an art form on many levels.

"Art form": "An activity or a piece of artistic work that can be regarded as a medium of artistic expression." You telling me that football players take the field intending to express themselves artistically? Football is NOT an "art form" and any attempt to apply that term to football isn't grounded in what the term actually means. Poppinga doesn't know what he's talking about.

March 9, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Reminds of the classic book " The Art of War" by Sun Tzu.

A very good read. It's a roadmap to success in anything, not just war.

March 9, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Anyone who has played the game of football on any level can fully appreciate his comments here regarding football being an "art form". There is a heck of a lot of technique, re-fining technique, mental preparation, and strategizing that goes into what these guys do that we simply never see as a mere observer and it's easy to lose sight of as it's not what excites or entertains. Football is absolutely an art form on many levels.

I disagree. Art is, generally, creative. Football is a game and is most often destructive in nature. There is definitely skill and technique and it can be more accurately called a craft. But art form? Not so much.

 
March 9, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I disagree. Art is, generally, creative. Football is a game and is most often destructive in nature. There is definitely skill and technique and it can be more accurately called a craft. But art form? Not so much.

Second that.

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